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Feline Obsessive-compulsive Disorder — 14 Comments

  1. OCD can cover many things done by cats but sometimes it isn’t OCD at all. Molly McButter was a compulsive groomer. It stared at about one year of age. She would groom herself bald on the backs of her legs and her tummy. There was a definite pattern to the grooming problem. After many tests and observations we were told OCD. I didn’t think that was the actual problem so I started watching her carefully. That is when we realized that a multi cat household was the problem. She was low in the pecking order and not prone to make her own niche in the household. At age 5 years we finally found a single cat home for her with senior citizens. All of her OCD disappeared. Now at age 9 years she is back here with us. She is fitting in well and no OCD symptoms. I am sure there are OCD cats out there. I just hope that the people they live with will carefully watch to make a true determination. Like you said Jo. Make sure you have everything checked out. For the cat’s sake.

  2. Amy, thanks for that tip about medications! Target also has a lot of generics for $4 for 30 pills. Target also has a pet section, and the pharmacists with whom I have talked with seemed fairly up to date with these meds. All it requires is an rx and it is a done deal. I always “sniff” out for generics whenever possible.

    Amy- you certainly went through hell- and back- and I am so happy about the dogs and the resolution of his grief. That is a really happy ending and I was so thrilled to read about it again.

  3. To be on subject with a slightly different twist. In March of last year I lost a dog ( Lori a 8 years old Keesh/chow) mix suddenly from fast moving cancer.Jo does know the awful things that happened at the emergency vet. In August my husband passed away after a very long illness. At the end of September my (16 year shepherd mix Molly) passed away after her body functions all gave out. All that remained in my home were the 7 cats and 1 Rottie mix. Cats were a little perplexed at all the changes. My Rottie Luger began compulsive licking nearly 24/7 which I knew was caused by the loss of his only male companion in the house and his 2 canine sisters. When the compulsion extended to him licking me I knew something had to be done. A trip to vet confirmed what I thought and prescribed Prozac for him.With in a few days he stopped licking all together but was still very lonely for canine company. He had never been without that since the day I got him at the age of about 8 months. So I went and scouted on line for a new companion for him. I got very lucky when a local rescue group was bringing up a couple dogs from Red Fern rescue in TN. His new companion is a 3 year old lab mix named Bianca who I call my southern belle. She had been in this rescue group pretty much all her life. They bonded immediately and to watch her come out of her shell and learn to enjoy freedom and having a loving brother is priceless. No more licking at all and they sleep together, play together. So yes I do believe in COPD in animals and it great to know it can be treated.
    OH please let me throw one more important thing here about prescription. The Walgreens in our neighborhood has a special insurance for pet prescriptions. The first one cost $81.00, but it was suggested I sign up for pet insurance for prescriptions. The second order was I believe $10.00. So please check with your local Walgreens about this program, it only costs about $35.00 per year. Well worth the money.

  4. Come on, ailurophiles, and all of those who don’t seem to know their beloved cats at all: look, listen, smell and watch! It WILL all make sense in the end. These elements are key: Look, Listen, Touch, Smell, and PLEASE pay attention. She/he deserves it. I cannot state this enough. Especially to you. 😉

  5. Why do think he developed these patterns, Jo? Shouldn’t you and your husband, Marty, intuited this immediately? Especially you, being a professional psychologist? I wonder. I am not criticizing you; I just expected more from you, after having read this article that you posted. 🙁

  6. You are so right, Ruth! Animals do grieve strongly- especially when they lose close companions- either human or a beloved animal friend.

  7. Jozef had a bit of OCD after Barbara’s John died, he started over grooming, Walter’s anxiety from his bad start in life flared up and he started spraying, thankfully with lots of tlc both got through it all. Some people don’t think a bereavement affects animals but it certainly does.

  8. My cat in Canada – Gigi the 1st – used to over groom. I didn’t know why. Now my Gigi here – Gigi the 2nd – is clearly, at times, bored, though much better now, and I wonder if she will start to become unhealthy because of it other than being a bit overweight.

    If I can’t solve it myself with hard work then I will consider giving her medication.

    • Marc, she doesn’t need medication. I sometimes would like to pull my hair out myself, after dealing with our species. 😉 Maybe those individuals need a reprieve, as does their cat. <3

  9. Thanks for this article, Jo. I like the Oriental Shorthair but it is a cat that is closely linked to the modern Siamese cat and in respect of genetic diseases the Siamese cat, with the Persian cat, has the longest list.

    I think in some ways that your cat’s, possibly, nervous disposition is somehow linked to inherited traits.

    Although there are a number of pages on this website which deal with ancillary matters to OCD this is the 1st page strictly dedicated to OCD. Thanks Again.

    • Stop f*king the breeds, Michael. The Moggies deserve just as much.
      I know that you are not. 🙂 It needs to be stated again and again: we should not allow these organizations to continue the way that they do. Glorifying breeding purebreds. 🙁

    • Michael for sure! From what I have been reading, the Siamese and oriental breeds seem to be prone to OCD. What is very much of a relief however, is Dr. Hush Puppy- Sir Hubble’ older brother (same parents- born 9 months before Sir Hubble) has no “nervous” traits at all. He is one of the most laid back cats I have ever been owned by. Very little upsets him… but he has the most uncanny way of knowing who doesn’t like cats.. and totally ignores them or goes into another room.

      He picks up cat lovers like a magnet, and tends to jump on their shoulders- his favorite spot- so I have to prepare cat loving visitors for this possibility. LOL.

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