Monday 24 June 2024

CATS HAVE PROBLEMS TOO! with Dr Basil ~ Featuring Today's Despurrate Dilemma **HELP! WHY IS ISOLDE SEVERELY IRKED?!!!**

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Happy Monday, furry floofers

Welcome to another episode of Cats Have Purroblems Too, where I give epically epic advice to cats with despurrate dilemmas too great for them to solve alone. 

 Take a seat, and read today's despurrate dilemma and my solution.

Also, mew may be pondering on what my professional credentials are, so purrlease purruse the list below:

Ph.D. in Kitty Psychology & Psychiatry
BSc (Hons) Headology  
Psy.D. Furry Logic
 MS. Fuzzy Logic
MA. Common Sense

My other Professional Credits include:

NOM Master
Snoozy Savant
Purr Master
AdvoCat of T.L. Treatment
Touchy Feely Therapy or T.F.T
Purrfume Aroma Treatment or P.A.T.

I can help mew to solve all your Pet Peeves, Purrsonal Problems and Despurrate Dilemmas, no matter how great or small they may be.

Plus, I 
only use the very latest techniques, some of which I have developed myself over my long and esteemed career, which include:

 Purr Therapy ~ For Uptight and Particularly Stressed Kitties 

Nom Zen ~The Art of Nomming in Total Tranquility 

ZZZ's Snooze Sensation ~ Including Mewsical CatNap Sessions tailored to your purrsonal requirements

YogiCat Meditation ~ Stretches and Breathing Techniques for the Severely Stressed & Overworked

Intense CatNip Therapy ~ This treatment speaks for itself (I find it very beneficial)

I am also an AdvoCat of Tough Love coupled with a healthy dose of common kitty sense

Purrfume Aroma Treatment ~ A Sensory Smelling Session S.S.S. to calm and soothe with highly aromatic blends of specially selected scents

To help mew release all your stresses and worries just drop by my clinic held here or, alternatively email me your purroblem, and I'll answer here. If mew require to remain anonymous or anon, purrlease include that in your email. 

Mew can contact me directly at the following address:

DearDrBasil (at) gmail (dot) com

So come and sit on my supurr comfy couch, reee-lax, breathe deeply and tell me of your troubles, as I'm ready, willing and able to help.

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This is one of my cases via email:  

This came in yesterday, and I bumped it to the top of the pile as it's quite urgent. 


Dear Dr Basil, I hope this letter finds you in good spirits. I am writing to seek your esteemed advice regarding a matter of great urgency. It appears that my feline companion, Isolde, has been behaving rather peculiarly as of late. It seems that she is quite irked about something, although I must admit that I am at a loss as to what might be the root cause of her distress. It's just the two of us at home, and normally we have a fabulous relationship.

It all started last Thursday when I attempted to engage Isolde in a game of fetch using her favourite toy mouse. To my utter consternation, instead of partaking in this enjoyable pastime, Isolde simply glared at me with disdain and promptly sauntered off to her favourite napping spot beneath the antique armchair. Since then, her irritable moods have only escalated. She now gives me a wide berth, and I suspect she might be clandestinely plotting a feline uprising in protest of some perceived slight that has eluded my awareness. Her appetite and litter habits are normal, and there are no signs of any injury or illness. Dr. Basil, I implore you to lend me your expertise in deciphering the enigma that is Isolde's discontent. Perhaps she is perturbed by the local songbirds' impertinent chirping or the audacity of the neighbouring felines to encroach upon her perceived territory. Your insights on this matter will be invaluable in restoring harmony to our humble abode. Eagerly awaiting your sagacious counsel,

Petunia, Isolde's Human Mum

This is my Expert Reply
Today, I use the colour BLUE, which is the colour of calm and hopefully will be the purrfect choice for this particular purroblem.

Dear Petunia, Human Mum of Isolde The Severely Irked,

Thank mew for reaching out to me regarding Isolde's recent purrculiar behaviour. It is quite intriguing to ponder what might be vexing your feline furiend. Rest assured, I shall do my utmost to provide sagacious counsel on this matter.

My first response is a rather swift visit to your veterinary purractitioner is highly advised to rule out any medical condition that may not be outwardly apparent to mew, and if that yields no clues and Isolde is medically well, there are a few other things I'd like mew to consider.

The scenario mew've described certainly paints a picture of a discontented and aloof Isolde, and I share your desire to restore harmony to your abode. It is indeed possible that the impertinent chirping of the local songbirds or the audacious incursions of neighbouring felines could be sources of Isolde's frustration. In such instances, it's often beneficial to engage in a bit of feline diplomacy. A thorough investigation of Isolde's preferred lounging spots, mealtime preferences, and potential sources of disturbances inside and outside the home could yield valuable clues. In addition, incorporating enriching activities and diversions tailored to Isolde's discerning tastes may help alleviate her discontent. It may be that she's just bored, very bored and needs new stimulation to thwart this feline irksomeness; therefore, if possible, I would suggest buying a couple of new toys, some really strong catnip and treats to tempt Isolde into a more playful state.

One thing that sticks out to me is the fact that she is giving mew a wide berth. Have mew by any chance started wearing a new purrfume or scent? Or are mew using new candles, scents, sprays or cleaners within the home? Check out our Top Tips for Cat Pawrents page for more info.

Other things to consider: Have mew had any new visitors to the home? Are their new neighbours, who may purrhaps be quite noisy? Barking dogs nearby? Purrsons with noisy cars racing around? Screaming children? Has anything changed within the area mew live in recent days? Have there been any noisy parties or events with loud mewsic? Have there been any fireworks in the area? Has anypawdy tried to grab Isolde, if she is an indoor/outdoor kitty? There are many things to ponder, and Isolde may be a very sensitive kitty, who is easily spooked by things she's not used to.

However, if none of those things have changed, plus if she doesn't respond to the new toys and there's no apparent reason for her avoidance of mew, then I would seek the expertise of a feline behaviour specialist to come to the home for further investigation as to what is bugging her boggle.

Though, let us remain optimistic that with a thoughtful approach and attentive care, we shall unravel the enigma of Isolde's vexation and restore tranquillity to your home. Do let me know if mew need any more assistance.

Yours most sincerely
Dr. Basil
@ The Cats Have Purroblems Too Clinic T.M.

Today's Top Tip is:

~ A process of elimination to reach the source of any purroblem can take time, and I would always advise a trip to the vet to rule out any medical issue first  ~
If mew can relate to this purroblem or feel that mew are in need of any assistance, purrlease leave a comment to: Dear Dr Basil.... or email me directly and I'll get back to mew.

Thank you all for joining me today at The Cats Have Purroblems Too Clinic. I'll be back in a couple of weeks with another open clinic and a new case study.

Also, many apologies for going on the missing list last week, all will be explained on The Midweek News, and we know mew won't want to miss that!

Until then, Keep Calm and Purr

Dr Basil

Ph.D. ~ BSc. (Hons) ~ Psy.D. ~ MS ~ MA

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  1. The vet is always the best place to start. If your vet knows your animal really well, sometimes s/he can tell you what's up even from a simple exam.

  2. I agree that a vet visit is the first course of action. A cat is extremely good at hiding problems if something is not right.

  3. Yep, I agree too, Vet first just in case. Good advise!!! Thanks for joining Angel Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  4. You are always so very wise. Always choose the vet first.

    Have a fabulous day and week. Scritches to the kitties and a big hug to mom. ♥

  5. Fine advise, Dr. Basil!
    We hope Petunia reports back to you, so we can know how Isolde responds.

  6. Great advice, Dr. Basil! I completely agree about starting with a vet.

  7. Vewy expurrt advice, Dr. Basil. While I do not share a fondness for the V.E.T., after what I went through at the start of this year with an alien invading me and also rocks in my bladder, I guess sometimes a pawfessional expurrt is necessary to get to the bottom of the pwoblem. Once again yoo give good advice. Now if only yoo can find a solution to making my brofur Wabbit invissyble. He fweaks meowt! Love, Dori


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