Could be tooth or mouth problems, or a whole host of other things. Blood in urine is a bad sign of course. If your normal vet isn't there, did they leave somebody behind to take emergency cases? Or is there an urgent care clinic available? His hiding is a pretty clear sign of problems also. Cats don't like to show weakness so they can be pretty badly off before they will show it. While you are finding him medical care, make sure he eats at least a little soft food and try to keep him hydrated.
Good luck with your cat. I hope he gets better.View Thread
If it was a tapeworm, all those bits could be individual sements. A lot depends on what kind of worms it was. Usually you get tapeworms by consuming the eggs, and you wouldn't be doing that. You can find information on webmd about pet worms, etc, and if you have trouble finding it let me know and I'll post some links.View Thread
He could have a urinary tract problem, such as crystals in his urine, which are causing pain and urgency. That's if he is just peeing. If he is not neutered and is actually spraying, he could be marking his territory. The former situation would need a vet visit to determine. You may or may not see blood in his urine. If it turns out to be urinary crystals, you will need to feed him a special diet such as c/d. I've found that Friskies Special Diet works pretty well for my cats, but each cat is different.
If it isn't marking behavior or crystals, it could be something about the position of the litter box, or the texture of it on his feet. Good luck with this. Also, once you determine the problem, get a good deoderizer (there are some enzymatic ones you can get fairly inexpensively) and that way he'll be less likely to return to his old peeing spots.View Thread
Don't feel too bad about that, cats are absolute experts about hiding discomfort or sickness. It's part of their survival mechanism. I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. Feel free to post in the rainbow bridge thread to honor his memory.View Thread
Okay, did some research. In order for you to get rabies from a dog's saliva, the dog would have to be symptomatic because dogs are not asymptomatic carriers. You would have to have a lot of saliva enter your mouth and most likely also have open sores. Also, you are correct that dogs are highly unlikely to be infected with rabies. Especially companion animals, who usually won't be tangling with rabid bats or opossums.
Even if the dog had rabies, it would have had to touch broken skin to transmit it. Ask your firend how their dogs are doing in a few days. When you find they are not rabid, you will be fine. They would have had to be bitten too, after all.View Thread
If she needs out all the time to pee, and voids a little bit every time, it could be a urinary tract infection. If she needs out to pee a lot and voids a lot every time, it could even be something like diabetes or something else that causes her to drink a lot. If she needs to defacate frequently and it is solid, maybe she's eating too much or at the wrong times. If it's loose, it could be her food, parasites, irritable bowel syndrome, or a whole host of other things. Sometimes dogs and people need to go a lot because of urgency based on anxiety, there are so many things it could be. To add to the confusion, it could be behavioral!
Sounds like she's having trouble waiting through the night. Does she eat and drink a lot? You may want to tinker with her feeding times. She could also have a medical problem that causes urgency. I imagine she is waking you up because she needs to go out, probably better than making a mess on the floor but still a pain if you are trying to sleep. Can she wait more than a few hours during a day? If she is just the kind of dog who can't wait very long, or needs to go out frequently, you could get one of those dog litter boxes. Good luck with everything.View Thread