A Cry for Help

Aggression is often misunderstood when it might be a symptom of a painful disease.

By Dusty Rainbolt

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Scooter was one of the sweetest cats to ever visit board-certified feline specialist Drew D. Weigner, DVM, at The Cat Doctor clinic in Atlanta. One day Scooter’s owner brought the 10-year-old Himalayan in for euthanasia. Scooter had tried to bite her. The woman’s 2-month-old niece would be visiting in a few weeks, and she feared the cat might attack the baby.

“Since we had a little time before her niece arrived, we ran lab tests and, sure enough, the cat was hyperthyroid,” Weigner says. “With medication, he was back to normal in time for company. He went on to live almost 20 years, still as sweet as could be!”

When a gentle cat suddenly acts like Jack the Ripper, cat parents might believe he’s angry or getting even. It’s a tragic misunderstanding. Any disease that causes pain can potentially provoke aggression. Scooter was trying to convey his physical discomfort in the only way he could.

**Get the July 2010 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article.**

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