First of all, I’ve asked our vet at my cat’s last two annual exams about this behavior, and she’s checked him out and seen nothing unusual. Might warrant another call, who knows.
Inigo is an 11yro black kitty we adopted from a shelter when he was 11mos old. He’s just the best cat–a big lovable, unflapable lug who has no bad habits and a lot of love and purrs. He never was one to get into food (our other cat, Mija, was a stray we took in–she never learned to turn off the EAT ANYTHING YOU FIND, NOW!).
Well, lately Inigo has gotten weird about food and water. He drinks out of the toilet, and begs and mews when we close the lid. (Considering RuffLlama is 3 and doesn’t always flush, EW. We’re keeping that lid closed.) He’ll jump in the tub after RuffLlama’s bath to drink water that gathers in the toys. Just now, I chased him off the kitchen table as he was drinking out of a large glass of water we left out. This is just odd. He, of course, has a water dish available 24/7 with fresh water changed daily.
Then there’s food. Whereas Mija has been the one to sneak things, now Inigo is worse. Chicken left on the counter (for like, 5-10min while the rest of dinner was prepared)? He was on the counter taking a nibble within 2min. This is true of more and more things now.
Inigo has fine fur and has always been our hairball barfer. PetroMalt seems to help, but it does seem he vomits more now. He also has occasional very stinky and soft bowel movements, but that might be from the PetroMalt. I was wondering if something GI-related was going on.
At his most recent exam, I brought up this behavior and the vet couldn’t find anything particularly wrong. He was maintaining his weight, his eyes were bright, his abdomen palpated normally…nothing. She said–IIRC–as kitties age sometimes their livers start having problems, but since she felt nothing and his weight was maintained she figured this was more of a behavioral thing.
What do you think? Is Inigo just getting neurotic in his advancing age?