Sometimes cats just want to be alone ... like people. Other times they don't feel safe.

What kind of litter are you using? My former outside cats like the pine pellets. No perfumes, scent reminds them of the pine thicket they lived in etc. Also extremely easy to dispose of in the country.

You may not be able to see the worms. Can you take a sample to the vet's to have it checked. There are so many kinds of worms and they could be causing the problems.

Try Feliway spray or Cat Nap.

Mine like to play with feathers as well as soft balls, paper sacks etc.
On Jan 13, 2013, at 10:13 PM, wrote:

Hi Sharyl,

Thank you so much for the quick reply:)

I would have to guess she is about 4 years old.

I've had cats with worms before, but they were quite obvious in the stool... I will try to check her stool more closely.

So some pumpkin for my Pumpkin.... how ironic... might need to try that and I will let you know. Maybe it will be best for her to stay in the basement, near her potty for awhile? I had one other response, and he said, she just may have had an accident, which is what I might be thinking. I think previously, we were chasing the kids in the house, and she may have gotten scared and it just sorta "ran out"...

What about hiding under the bed?? She did that when she first came here, and has been good now for a few weeks, but today she was under the bed again? I read that sometimes can be a sign that they aren't feeling well?

Thanks again for your time and knowledge:))))


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From: Sharyl <>
To: felvtalk <>
Sent: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 9:42 pm
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] stray cat I took in has feline leukemia

Hi Tricia. You don't say how old Pumpkin is. It is usual to re-test for FeLV after 3 months. Since she used to be outside has she been treated for worms? That may be why her stools are soft. Many add some canned plain pumpkin (not the spiced pie filling) to the canned food to add fiber when a kitty has diarrhea. Usually start out with 1 tsp.

I've never used Tylosin Tartrate.  Here is a link to more info
Seems to be used as an anti-inflammatory and for colitis.

You need to treat the diarrhea. FeLV is probably not the reason she has it


From: "" <>
Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2013 10:06 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] stray cat I took in has feline leukemia


I'm hoping someone can help me....

We live in the country and have about 8 outside cats. A friend decided to take one home, Pumpkin, and had her all fixed up at the vet with shots, spay and declaw. She found out she has feline leukemia. She kept her for about a month, but I guess she was making a mess as far as using the litter box. I told her I didn't want her to go to an over crowded humane society, so I took her back. She is now in the house, as she is front declawed, and she is not to be around the other cats with her cancer.

So... I've had her home since just before Christmas, and she's been fine other than not eating a whole lot. Her stool is quiet soft, and I did find a few hard turds in two different sleeping places that she uses. Well now today, she had a ver messy stool on the wood floor in the hallway!! Really shocked me as she's been so good using the littler box.

Is this a sign that she is getting sick, the not using the littler box? She has a prescription for Tylosin Tartrate, and she said to give this to her(powder form), when/if she gets sick???

She does seems to sleep most of the day, but I know cats do do that :) She also does purr quite loud!! Must be a good sign. She will play with a string too. So she's been very happy, but now I had to resort to putting her back in the basement with her food and litter. I might end up sleeping down there with her again, as I did when she first came in the house. She has had the run of the house now for weeks, but I just don't trust her since her accident.

I've read where infected cats can live quite long, but yet others do not. I certainly would not want to put her thru all sorts of treatments...

Thank you for your time:)))

I appreciate any input for my Pumpkin!


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