I have a 2-year-old male cat, Butchie, who is an outdoor cat but always comes in at night. He is a great cat but seems to have a problem with his tail. He's always chasing and growling at it, especially at night.The vet thought he might have been bitten on the tail and gave him antibiotics, but they seem to have no effect. It almost seems as if he's having tail spasms.Do you know what this problem could be? He gets Frontline flea medicine, so I don't think he has fleas or ticks.
C.M., Oceanport, NJ Oct 08, 2006
First, you must take your cat off the Frontline -- that could easily be a factor in his tail-twitching disturbance. Cats having minor seizures often have rippling backs and tail spasms.An early evening dose of Valium that your veterinarian can prescribe may be a seven- to 10-day remedy that could break the cycle. In addition, encourage your cat to play with a feather wand or other toy, especially in the evening, to draw his attention away from his tail.Cats tend to develop what I call the "evening crazies," during which time they become "wild," playfully and imaginatively hunting and attacking.WILD-BIRD IMPORTSMy statement that responsible authorities in the United States have pandered to the pet industry too long in allowing wild-bird imports (and also the importation of other wildlife) ruffled some feathers. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sent me their import regulations that include permits, inspections and quarantine. Loopholes aside, the real issue is the need for a total ban on all wildlife imports
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