Why I can’t touch this cat part 2

Why I can’t touch this cat part 2

Hi, my name is dr. Uri Burstyn I’m a veterinarian in Vancouver BC and I’d like to welcome you to my series of practical skills for pet owners You think Pirate, right he’s so adorable. You about to strike at me? Yes Hi everyone, and welcome to part two of “Why can’t I touch that cat?” Well that cat’s touching me right now, but this is very… very topical to our video so before I get into this, please remember to hi- *laugh* squish like and subscribe and… pat that little bell icon next to subscribe, so you actually get notifications of upcoming videos and livestreams that I put out So with that said, you might want to go check out part 1 of this video if you haven’t seen it already ’cause I made it in response to people’s questions as to “Why can’t I touch that cat?” a lot of people ask this in the comment section of my videos. Wondering why certain cats just won’t sit on your lap; Why you can’t pet them; why they might be aggressive out of nowhere, when you really just want to have some cat love and in the part 1 of the video Me and Mr Pirate here talked a little bit to you guys about behavioral factors that may contribute to this, as well as bringing up the topic of chronic pain. And specifically we talked a little bit about oral pain like teeth issues They may cause your cat to be in pain and the key message there was that Cats who are in chronic pain are often aggressive, Often unapproachable and it’s really really hard for most people to really assess Chronic pain in a cat. They’re not, they don’t show obvious signs of discomfort. They are Very cryptic in the way, they show discomfort and a lot of people interpret it as aggression Ah, You know a good example of this is a story a friend of mine told me once about his cat, who has back pain, Jumping up on the counter and then, hissing and aggressively lunging towards his girlfriend who was sitting right next to there. And she thought that the cat was out to get her where as in effect. They kind of actually just had back pain and Jumping up hurt him and he reacted the way a cat does to pain, which is, the way any little vicious predator does just raaaawr! so that’s a great example of how A cat’s pain could be misinterpreted as aggression, or not being nice ’cause it’s actually a really really sweet, cuddly, loving cat So, in part 2 we’re going to talk a little bit about some other sources of chronic pain that are commonly seen in clinics, but many people may not immediately think of… When they look at their cat. And most of these issues come up a little bit later in life- -but not all of them. Some of them can happen to very young cats as well. So first, we’re gonna talk a little bit about~ A really kind of, common, often young cat issue – more common in long-haired cats – It can really make them uncomfortable and make them snappy and that is, Hair Mats Something as simple as hair matting can really ruin a cat’s day, and their temperament. So sesame here is a semi feral cat, so unlike the other cats that I usually use in my channel um She’s not really safe to touch or work with um She was kind of bit neglected by an elderly owner Um, Some chronic issues. I’m going to use sesame as an illustration of why certain cats are just not that cuddly. You can hear her warbling a little bit She’s letting us know what to be careful. And she does have a bit of a time… a timer on her So the cool thing about sesame though, is that when she first came to me? I could not touch her at all She was attacking me and my staff. She was absolutely a vicious untouchable cat Right now she’s still a little bit wary of us. But at least I can pat her, Oh a little bit careful I know darling, and I have my towel here so I can squish her. She, um, gets a little bit more active but sesame had really bad mats all along her back and her bum She could not be touched. This cat was in chronic pain and she was lashing out at everything around her What we did what we sedated her and we shaved her. That’s all we did. You know, we’re full service veterinary hospital. But this, the way we helped this cat is we shaved the mats off her bottom She was in a lot of pain, and once we shaved the mats off her bottom she came out of- -sedation a whole new cat. At home she can be cuddled she sits on her owners lap She can be picked up None of this was possible before we addressed the source for chronic pain And you can see now, it’s starting to grow in a little bit There’s still little bald patches down there But this is, you know, she’s still a little bit edgy, but this is nothing compared- -to the sort of very aggressive untouchable, scary cat we had to deal with before we removed her source of chronic pain. and this is an excellent example I’m showing her to you guys just to illustrate the fact that look, I’m petting a cat that could not be touched two weeks ago So, chronic pain is one of the most common reasons- -why cats, particularly house cats who’re used to being around humans are dangerous, or aggressive, or snappy, or however you want to put it so, please consider this, and again, this is why I always say that when a cat is touchy, we look for the chronic pain. So the next cause of pain I’d like to talk about is Osteoarthritis, and I mentioned this a little bit in the first video But the common sites where cats get OA osteoarthritis, is the neck and elbows and If you look at the video I made about geriatric cat care, I think it’s part two or three I talked a little bit about strategies to manage that kind of chronic arthritis pain To make your older cat more comfortable and make their life a little bit happier but today I just want to focus on the fact that Arthritis pain happens and it’s very rarely obvious. Particularly neck pain can be really severe, really hard to control and these are the cats that that will react when you touch them, when you pick them up Or the ones where I know, everybody’s had this experience where you pet a cat and it’s good good good good good and then cat attack And there’s many reasons why that can happen But one of them is that if you, if they have[are] a little bit uncomfortable and they have a sore neck or a sore back, you may have just touched a Trigger point there, or maybe it was just a little bit uncomfortable and eventually they get fed up with you petting them. So Elbow-neck arthritis is very hard to, for owners to pick out at home It’s pretty easy to pick up for a veterinarian on a proper neurologic examination, but there is one One observation and owners make at home. That one observation is Some cats, if you think about a cat jumping off your table or off a couch onto the floor try to imagine this with me Cat jumps off and of course they walk away gracefully, nonchalantly, right? This is a normal cat. a cat with elbow pain or neck pain that will jump off and they’ll stick their landing They’ll often startle there for a second and kind of stand there a moment and then walk off This might be a subtle difference but most owners can pick this up at home and people often notice their cats will be Kind of a little more tenuous about jumping off of things and then they’ll stick that landing and freeze there for a second Before walking off instead of just walking away nonchalantly, and this, particularly if you have an older cat or an obese cat You could look at that as a sign of elbow or neck pain I’m sorry Pirate is my hand waving disturbing you. Mmm. I know it’s not very nice I’ll try to pet you instead. Another common spot for cats to get Osteoarthritis is in their lower back and That, can be a little bit more subtle but an observation and owners often make at home is And I’m sure everybody has had a kitten in recent memory can relate to this You know cats get into places you don’t want them go to, up on counters, into the laundry cupboard, you know up on high shelves So, and as they age they’ll often stop jumping up to places So, and there would be a number of reasons for this But if your cat is not very obese and yet suddenly stops jumping into its favorite hidey hole that’s up off the ground, It could be that it has some lower back pain and cats get something called Spondylosis Deformans which is basically a fusion of the vertebral segments along the back Often it’s asymptomatic Often you can see this on x-rays, the back looks really fused but the cat looks normal and comfortable but in some rare cases it can, the Spondylosis process can pinch a nerve and in those cases cats will be quite uncomfortable and often they’ll be uncomfortable for a year or two And then when the back is done fusing they’ll actually get more comfortable again so it’s not uncommon to have these cats on painkillers for Chronic pain control for years, and then eventually they stopped needing it and everyone’s kind of happy. So that is not at all unusual But it’s a fairly subtle change see and it can cause other issues like problems defecating or urinating, in dogs we often see Back pain Expressed as dogs who no longer posture normally to pee so male dogs who will no longer raise their leg to pee or female dogs who sort of walk or sort of no longer crouch as far as they normally would, to go to the bathroom and And this can be indicative of their hip, lower back, or knee pain in dogs, but it is often It’s a pretty common complaint and if you see your dog doing that It’s probably worthwhile getting them checked out by a vet because it may be uncomfortable and we can make it better. So why not right? So another common cause of discomfort in cats is Ingrown Toenails And this was one that’s actually really really common. When I worked in emerge. We’d quite often get these phone calls about People saying “My cats really limping” and of course the cat’s been limping for about three weeks and the call comes, you know, 11 p.m. On a Friday or Sunday night Just the way it always is One phone call I got when I was a student Working as a technician or a nurse at an emergency hostel is really funny and it happened over and over again People say “There’s something stuck to my cat’s foot. I think it’s a button” The first time I heard it, I was really like how can a button be stuck to a cats foot? but when they bring this cat in But we always find is an ingrown dewclaw. Let me demonstrate where the dewclaw is on a cat *The process of picking up Mr Pirate* So the dewclaws are these little claws here and Because they’re kind of high up on the leg Here’s one here as well They’re often the first claw that a cat stops grooming on their own. and there’s a number of reasons why cats can stop doing that but These claws will often grow all the way around and into the paw pad, which is this little delicate little thing right here full Leathery pad, you know several paw pads here as well. It’s a wonderful little buttons that cats have on their paws *The beans!* So the dewclaw is a very common claw to grow all the way around and into the paw pad It can happen to any of the other claws as well and it is very very painful. See this little Hello Kitty, little hello kitty paws? for a pause/paws these little paw pads so you mentioned the nail grows and curls into that paw pad and they can grow right in there causing a very painful wound and often owners just don’t still notice this ’cause you know cats’ paws are fluffy and close to the floor and And it’s really easy fix, you know, we trim that nail We often. At this point often cats require antibiotics or a bandage because it’s often infected But it’s a really easy fix and once you fix it The cat goes back to normal and there can be a number of reasons why they get these ingrown nails You know As cats age and develop things Osteoarthritis and other health issues They will scratch less and one of the reasons that cats scratch is to shed their nails. A cat’s nail is basically like a little cone and cats will shed I’m sure most cat owners have seen this, cats will shed the entire sheath of the nail and there’ll be a fresh sharper nail underneath. But if they’re no longer scratching Then these sheets gonna get built up and you get this massive giant claw- -that eventually will crawl around into your paw pad So and this is something actually, I think is really worth doing is if you have an older cat You know have a look at their nails once in a while if you’re not trimming a cat’s nails regularly Then it’s worth checking that out because you know, once they get really big and curly You know this can happen It’s totally preventable and it’s really quite sad because it hurts the cats so much and we never want to see cats in pain, right? so Ingrown Nails, Osteoarthritis, Hair Mats, all of this is super super common. Now, there’s and these are all kind of physical ailments Another thing and there’s two more things I’d like to talk about That are maybe a little bit more subtle But can also lead to a cat that should otherwise be a sweetheart Being a little bit cranky and not so much fun to play with Hyperthyroidism is one of the big three age-related diseases that happen to cats. It is an endocrine disorder Meaning it’s a disorder that has to do with hormones. And in this case the thyroid hormone specifically. Cats tend to get elevated thyroid hormones when they develop hyperthyroidism it’s… thyroid hormones produced by gland in the neck and cats often get a little benign tumor in a thyroid gland which is not life-threatening, but it does elevate it just pumps out thyroid hormone and The thyroid hormone is kind of, think of it as a thermostat of the body when the levels go up Sort of the heat, the energy, everything goes up and these cats Tend to get skinny. They’re hungry. Their body temperature is high they can get hyper aggressive and hyperactive and it’s like the classical skinny freaky old cat that just Everybody’s kind of terrified of approaching And yeah, and they also it can also cause heart damage these cats often have heart murmurs and other problems It’s not a great thing to have, luckily very controllable and like I said it is one of the three most common old cat diseases that we see and so behavioral changes from that are reasonably common Again, this is a hormonal disorder that’s diagnosed with blood work it’s part of the reason why we recommend Blood work every year for old cats over the age of eight or nine and that’s not, not my personal recommendation is recommended by the American Association of feline practitioners and It’s, it’s one of the things we really pick up on that age old, old-age blood work. It’s very treatable and when you get a thyroid hormone under control then the cat’s behavior it goes down to normal and their heart works better and they put on weight and they’re generally looking like they Just shed 10 years of age. So it’s really wonderful It’s kind of a cool diagnosis to get as a veterinarian because we know we can really help in these cases and the cat kind of goes back to normal and feels wonderful So thank you for sticking with me. I think Mr Pirate is falling asleep here But I do have one more thing to talk to you about before we finish this video and this again one of the more subtle sources of discomfort that may not be immediately obvious But Bladder and Kidney stones These are, these happen, you know mineralizations in the urinary tract are very very common health issue in cats of all ages and certainly, those of you who know a human who passed the kidney stones will know that this is one of the most painful things that can happen to you in your lifetime and in cats and dogs It’s exactly the same, really really hurts now They can also have bladder stones which are actually often asymptomatic now In humans, you might get some subtle complaints like burning when you urinate or mild abdominal discomfort. In cats and dogs This is typically something owners Just don’t pick up on their you know, they just don’t express discomfort when it’s really really mild But they can’t have a bladder full of stones without you really knowing it sometimes we just discover this on x-rays by accident, other times we discover it because Part of our old cat workup is bloodwork and urinalysis and we often see you crystals in the urine and then we chase those up and find that there’s actually bladder stones there or kidney stones so this is the kind of diagnosis you can really establish without, you know, veterinary support in it and somebody who can do your analysis and take x-rays, but it can account for Crankiness and aggressive behavior because it’s very painful and again This is something very very controllable and like 99% of cases and it’s a really good thing for you as a pet owner to be aware of and, I think it also helps to understand why we do age-related health screens on pets Mostly cats but I mean we’re getting more and more towards doing health screening on dogs as well Because a lot of these old age diseases you can find a blood work or urinealysis Long before the pet looks sick or long before the signs of disease become really obvious and then you can help them before Before the suffering gets too bad Which is really the goal of the veterinary profession and I think the goal of most pet owners do they have a comfortable happy pet? not to have a sick pet than you then you try to fix right? So I Think those are the common sources of chronic pain and can contribute to a cranky cat So, I hope that this will give you guys a little bit more appreciation for feline behavior maybe give you guys a little more compassion for those cats that aren’t so sweet and encourage you to look into the reasons. Why They may be not as Approachable as you’d like them to be. If you have some stories that you’d like to share about your own pets who? Had chronic pain and how treating it to help them. I really encourage you to do so in the comment section below I’ll be looking through it and commenting responding to them I think It’s really wonderful to share your experiences with other pet owners sort of, who comes to through my channel Who comes to this video can benefit from your experience and we can all learn and grow together And get better taking care of our pets. Well, I hope you found that to be educational and helpful If you’d like to see more videos like this I would really appreciate your support which you can express by joining me on Patreon where I have a wonderful community of patrons already or By getting some squish like cat merchandise like this t-shirt. I also have mugs and a bunch of other stuff So please support me I look forward to making more videos like this and until next time have fun with your pets and I’ll see you again.

Comments (64)

  1. Now that Grumpy Cat has left us to pursue a higher purpose, I propose that Mr.Pirate becomes our new overlord!

  2. Hi, I want to tell you about James, my orange fat boy friend, who is going on 12 years old and eats only dry food and drinks only distilled water. He passes his medical exams with ease, has all his teeth intact, and loves to groom himself in spite of the usual signs of arthritis. He no longer likes to go far from the house, however, after having a run-in with a roughhousing bobcat. Other dogs bore him, and he discourages them with a menacing stare. I like to think his life is near perfect, but if that is the case he keeps it to himself…too proud for a cat if you ask me. But I am still his loyal bulldog buddy.

  3. Our cat likes lots of petting from me in the morning when I get up and eat breakfast. Sometimes she lays on her back and tempts me to rub her chest and abdomen, but she only allows a few pets and strikes with her paw. Most of the time she is friendly, when she starts flicking her tail, it is a sign of annoyance. My wife clips her nails and often I see our cat lick her feet then grab her claw with her teeth to pull of the outer layer of claw.

  4. Audio too soft. right click -> stats for nerds -> volume: -10.1 dB. Ideally it should be between -2 to 0 dB. Turn up the mic gain and move it closer to your face first, if still not loud enough then amplify digitally. Audacity is a free audio editing software that you can use

  5. Don´t squish that cat!

  6. My vets discovered my 8 y/o cat's early kidney disease by accident due to a blood test for something else because he was throwing up. We did wonder whether there was a pain related aspect, or maybe a blockage but it took a bit of trial and error to figure out what wax happening and it seemed to be some sort of stomach inflamation which was successfully treated with steroids. He's also now on a special diet and his kidney function is close to normal. ?

  7. When my cat jumps down she makes a wince whine when she lands. I think it's from the stress of the spine crimp in her neck from the angle; she's sometimes forced to jump in an angle straight down because there's something on the floor getting in the way of her landing further out. Or maybe she's not landing properly because she's misjudging the distance; I have nothing but green light in my room because I'm photosensitive and that might be messing with her perception of distance. She used to get up on my bookshelf, but she stopped doing that last year. Even when she jumps off something lower, she acts pensive and searched for a good landing spot; she leans way off like she's trying to lower herself as much as she can before she jumps because she knows it's going to hurt.

  8. ….with Mr.Pirate every behavioral issue is in "OFF" mode

  9. My cat pee too much doc
    Is she ok?

  10. I'm curious. My cat is so incredibly sweet and loves to rub all over my face and hands, but she hates being held or sitting in my lap. She does not bite, she just meows a lot and struggles to get away. Why could that be? She may have had trauma before I got her when she was 3 but I'm not sure of that. She does get anxious and sometimes depressed due to neglect from her elderly owner before me. I'm not sure of other trauma associated to holding her though. What are your thoughts?

  11. Your deep understanding and admiration of felines comes across each of your videos. So informative. My feline fix for the day is your you tube. Thank you Doctor.

  12. I’d love to see a a video where you explain your too tips on how to introduce a cat to your house! Should you leave them on their own? Try to pet them? That kind of thing!

  13. I really love this Really gentle to the cats

  14. But first, Squish that cat

  15. My bf's Bengal cat (currently deep asleep on my lap) is touchy. I can tell when she is sore because I'll lightly stroke down her back and she'll squish herself down to get away from even a light touch. It's just how I check on her each day. When she cringes away from being petted I know just what to do- be an inert hot lap with blankets. Sometimes she prefers her heated bed, but sometimes she seems to want my actual lap. Don't get me wrong, she is so not a cuddly cat. But if I settle down on the couch or bed, and only one the sound of a TV or video is on (clearly she has worked out that that sound means I'll be there for a while), only then will she crawl into my lap and go to sleep.

    Sometimes she'll yell in the stairway or the living room and it's essentially, "HEY! YOU SHOULD GO HERE AND LAY DOWN, LAP PROVIDER! PROVIDE SOME HOT LAP!" It works out all right as I'm disabled and often able to spend an hour or so still do she can cook (my term for how hot she wants to become to feel better, before deciding she is done and ding suddenly hopping up and moving around much easier). Having arthritis myself I completely understand- I just wish she wanted to lay on the areas of me that hurt so it was more symbiotic. My lap is on fire at this point (she'll consider herself done soon) but my back and neck could use this crazy heat instead. Ahh, what we do for love.

  16. He kinda ..looks like a cat..

  17. I love how this channel is a meme but also educational for cat-owners, it's like the two best things at once

  18. He should make a sequal calling; Why can't i touch this pussy, and then send it to Trump, including; No is no. Ask first, check her body language, ask if she wants etc.

  19. This cat is a saint

  20. Sometimes it can simply be some cats don't like attention as much. I have a cat that likes to be touched but she has to be in the mood for it. It is not always pain sometimes it can be personality of the cat

  21. My cat is 1 year old and she rarely scratched. I cut her nails with a pet clipper twice. 2 months later my leather chair is ruined. I am so happy she is active! ?❤

  22. What are "bad mats" you are talking about at 3:57 ?

  23. Great video! I was fostering cats for a while and we had one peculiar case with a cat that was incredibly stand-offish and only really interacted with humans by swiping and nipping us, he wasn't interested in cuddles or pats but was highly food motivated. I watched how he interacted with the other cats and found out that he was actually incredibly playful, but he didn't hold back at all when he played and his swipes and nips were his weary attempts at goating us into playing with him. We got him some more toys and after figuring out some games together along with some food motivation, he became one of the most cuddly and protective cats we cared for.


  25. This channel is beautifully Canadian!

  26. You are Jerzy Bursztyn, your name is clearly Polish descent. 😉

  27. Why not squish her?

  28. Mr. Pirate looks so similar to my departed best friend. His name was Sapphire. He as 7kg, 100cm long (tail to snout) and I swear he was some kind of King reborn. He was friends with all my neighbors (they literally let him in their homes so they could hang with him – all of them), he was the leader of all the other cats on my block (if I left the door open I could find up to 10 cats in my house just sitting in a circle around Sapphire – just chilling out), he would routinely fight BIG dogs and win (I legit once had to help an old women and her boxer to the vet after the poor dog got too close the Sapphire), and Sapphire just made every moment at home feel special. It's been 3 years since February that Sapphire left. He got into a fight was a tiger snake. Sapph won the battle, but in the end, they both lost the war… I miss him.

  29. My cat always follows us between rooms, and sleeps where we sleep. BUT she does not like HANDS 🙁 and does not like to sleep and cuddle in our laps! But she headbuts us from time to time, but never in our HANDS ! With few exceptions when she is reaaaaly hungry.

  30. Having been watching videos of psychic animal healer explain the animal’s sickness and watching the animal respond then straight to you then noticing how your cat is so supportive of you and knows exactly what you’re doing…… sweet intelligent cat. ???

  31. A very patient cat, that is Mr. Pirate!

  32. My cat, Luciel, was semi feral when we got her. With a little bit of time and effort, she eventually began to not mind head scratches. We've now found out it's just her personality to not like being touched a lot, but she's still the sweetest, most loving cat I could've ever wished for.

  33. My in laws cat is 18 years old now, my bf and his parents never really went to the vet regularly, poor Kitty had an old wound that kept filling up with puss and bad arthritis. The old vet was afraid of him, his name was Lucifer and he can still be grumpy as fuck when we're late with his medicine, so the old vet didn't want to operate since he is so old and she didn't think he'll make it. I knew in my heart he could pull through if we did it ASAP instead if trying to convince her for another year. Sp, instead of my in laws going in, my boyfriend and I went in, I wanted them to operate and do SOMETHING about it. This was a different vet then usually so she agreed and made an apointment again telling us she couldn't promise he would wake up. I dared to believe he would. So a week goed bye, Lucifer gets his operation and is happy as can be. Less grumpy, more cuddly, but still grumpy as heck. I convinced my in laws to go to another vet. Slightly further away, but great and even free walk in hours. The vet just went to work and picked poor lucifer up who growled and hissed. I saw him do the same tricks as helpul Vancouver vet does and knew we where at a great place. They diagnosed a couple of things all old cats have and gave us painkillers for his arthritis. 40 euros later we where outside with a bloodtest to be sure and a Kitty doped up on painmeds. We had a while where we couldn't get the meds at the other vet because of snow. He went 2 days without because my father in law didn't want to make the trip and I had to work, then I decided to walk to the old vet and ask them for the meds. since I couldn't bare to see poor Lucifer in so much pain. Only because cats are wired to hide their pain, we don't notice it. If something just feels off about your furball, please go as far to annoy your vet into doing a full check up. Yourfurball is worth it.

  34. I had a cat who had arthritis; she didn't lash out, but she did get really withdrawn. She was on meds for the last few years of her life, and was able to be her usual social self up to the very end. (She lived to be almost eighteen.)

  35. mister pirate just letting you touch his paws…<3

  36. My dad's cat had huge knots on her back, but she's so fat, and her fur was so long, my dad hadn't noticed the knots. He just thought she didn't like people since she never wanted to hang out. We got one of those cat brushes. I spent hours brushing out her knots. It clearly hurt a bit for her and I had to hold her in place to do it, but she didn't try very hard to flee. I think on some level she understood that it was helping. Anyway she loves me now, and always greets me when I visit, and always lets me brush her fur for a while, just in case.

  37. Mr Pirate is a good quality kitty
    10/10 very handsome and well behaved.

  38. he protecc
    he attacc
    but above all he squish that cat

  39. Why isn’t my cat’s vet like him?

  40. I take my baby to the vet regularly. She's just turning 9. She's very cuddly, loving, and active, but she's never liked being picked up. She makes an odd squeaking sound. I've shown the vet how I do it and he says he sees nothing wrong, and I of course only pick he up when necessary. But do you think the vet might be missing something? She's always been like this and I've had her since she was 3 months old. Love your videos!

  41. 0:37 Mr. Pirate switching to a nicer position to be petted

  42. Because you have to S Q U I S H it first

  43. SqUIsH ThAt cAT

  44. Thank you for saying what I've been trying to tell people for years- cats ARE BASICALLY WILD ANIMALS. They are NOT dogs! I had a friend who would ",spank" her cat and try to force her to do what she wanted it to do– needless to say, she is no longer my friend; as she didn't listen to me when I told her you cannot treat a cat like you would a dog- it doesn't work and tramatizes the poor animal. My stand is: leave wild animals ALONE, or at least with great respect and some distance- PLEASE!

  45. Thanks for the informational videos! Can you do a video on hyperesthesia in cats, if you haven't already? My cat shows signs of this (biting and grooming at the base of her tail, suddenly becoming agitated and darting around the house as if something is biting her and the rippling skin on her back. Plus, when she is bothered by it while sitting on my lap, I can feel "pulses" going through her body that she tries to ignore, until she can't). The vets we've taken her to haven't really been helpful in figuring this out.

    What we do to try to help her is to pet her gently on her side or her belly (to distract her from the sensations bothering her) or gently brush her where she is agitated to try to give her some relief. Sometimes it seems to help and other times it doesn't. It's hard to watch her in such distress and not be able to do much for her. ?

    Since hyperesthesia is a neurological disorder, I've wondered if it is similar to Restless Leg Syndrome (also neurological) in humans. I have RLS, so if it's similar, I can feel for my kitty because it's such an irritating sensation and she's experiencing it throughout her whole body. Any tips, advice or info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

  46. What's your opinion on those "soft paws" claw covers? I tried them with my cat and most of them didn't come off on their own like expected – we had to clip them off when we noticed they were pressing on her paw pads. Thankfully she wasn't in any pain from them.

  47. I have a question… I had 3 cats, but now it's just the middle and younger cat – Sasha and Murphy. They had no issues when the elder cat friend Milo was still around, and Murph would 'plop' on him a lot. Since it's just the two now, Sasha hisses at Murphy alll day. I thought maybe it was about her, or maybe pain, until I realized he claims her space a LOT. He gets noticeably jealous quite often when she comes to me, or he will walk right in to her, almost pushing her over while she's trying to walk. Weirdly, like he wants to be the one she pays attention to. If she's laying, he will gently creep in to her space (because he learned he can't plop on her without being smacked). However, she will hiss when he isn't even touching her now, just nearby in her space. I noticed he 'locks on' to her, with some type of anxious energy to go after her and claim her space, but it's never physically aggressive like biting – just space dominating. I've tried to squish or distract Murphy, but it doesn't get him out of this seemingly obsessive behavior and he runs after her like some locked on missile. I read that some cats just don't like each other… but the hissing is distressing! Is there any hope? I tried CBD treats, more play, and pheromones, but they have not really helped the perceived anxiety, or the growling/hissing/swatting reactions. Sometimes it seems like Murph just wants love but Sasha wants to be left alone. Is there any hope?? I don't want them to feel anxious or trapped with each other. Thanks for any info ❤️❤️❤️ My cats love the squish, and I love watching this channel with them ?

  48. They seek out warmth!

  49. Could you do videos on the topic of having only one cat without a partner and if thats okay for their health?
    And a video on how you can get older cats from a shelter to like and accept you?
    I really want to adopt one, that needs a caring home ?

  50. I have a Siamese boy and Girl. The Girl is pretty normal, just sticking the ass towards my face all the time (could this be explained?)
    But the boy does not generally like cuddle unless is slaping. He really enjoys being slapped onto his back. He Also asks it from me. I have got many videos like that. I think I have made my boy into a masochists.?

    Love your chanel. The love to animals is recognizable❤️

  51. Can’t….squish….that….cat…EVEN IF YOU REALLYREALLYREALLY WANNA

  52. You sir are awesome!

  53. I'm wondering what role handling by owners (or their children) plays. I guess as well as socialisation by the mother cat socialisation by the owners is a big factor. I think if they got picked up or held too often at times when they wanted to be left alone they develope a severe aversion against being picked up or held, sometimes even to a point where they don't even allow people to touch them. I got two of those and when I earned their trust (which took 6 Months) and When they were sure that i let them go if they want to,their untouchability was gone, at least i could touch, hold or pick them up, but no one else.

  54. Very educational video. Thank you for that information.

  55. Heck i don’t even have a cat and i watch this

  56. One of my cats likes his bum scratched, when his hot spot isn't acting up. If it is though he'll swipe at whoever is petting him there (without his claws at first; he's very patient) and now that we've had him for over a year we can notice his subtle warnings but at first it definitely felt like he was just attacking for no reason.

  57. Gimlet is ticklish. He really loves petting. To the point of ridiculous. But not his back. This since just a baby, and he's eight years old. I've seen it before a couple times. They beg for attention, but the back is off limits. Gimlet was in an unusually obnoxious mood, so I tickled him until he threw up. (Five seconds tops.) Until then, I didn't realize how sensitive he was.

  58. Hi, I'm new to all of this, YouTube etc, I love to watch these fantastic clips, videos. I have 6 babies (kitties) ranging in age from 6mths up to 4yrs and love them all. They are the reason I get up everyday. I just wanted to let you know that I love watching this show it is so informative, interesting and I am learning so much. You are a wonderful host and a great veterinarian I have subscribed and look forward to watching much more. Thumbs up, cheers, from Cazz

  59. You're might want to do a video on cat acne.

  60. I wish you would have talked about feline hyperesthesia… I had a cat who had this disorder and she hated to be petty because it was painful for her, her back twitched all the time, and she was very aggressive and angry 🙁

  61. Could you make a video on how to groom your cat? To teach them that, f.e., brushing is/ can be nice? Would it help brushing my own hair while they're in the neighbourhood and if they're curious trying it with them, or is it something to try to incorporate into cuddling time? (Or is that stupid because they'll think cuddling = that nasty brushing?). I've reserved a purebred Siberian who'll come to live with me beginning of August. While they don't need to be brushed often, I would like to do it as soon and as young as possible to prevent matting. And well, if he likes it, it might be yet another bonding moment.

  62. You are so cool!!

  63. LOVE YOUR VIDEOS! We have a cat named Charlie. Charlie was given to us at the age of 4 weeks old. He was in an abused situation and the mother and her kittens were abused. Charlie is now 5 months old and loves us, cuddles, licks us, and is rarely left alone. Charlie has a few problems that we do not know how to deal with. He attacks us, not with scratches, but bites us with his razor pointy teeth. Our arms and legs are left bloody and scared. We have called in a vet pet consultant and she agrees he does attack. It gets so bad we have to put him in another room and shut the door until we can gather our emotions and Charlie has a chance to calm down. Then we let him out and he is fine for a while, but either gets too excited and thinks he is playing and grabs an arm and will leave 10 to 20 deep bloody bit marks and scratches. It almost seems like he has a dual personality. Then he will turn around and take a nap with me for hours. What can we do to help him be a kinder, gentler cat as he grows, or will he grow out of this stage. I have to admit, he is better at 5 mos than he was at 4 mos, and so on. He has been to the vet, been fixed, and had a major physical. They had no suggestions. What next? He will let me hold him and rock him in my arms, then he lashes out and attacks.

  64. how does the cat stay so calm when u film XD

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