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I have a 4 year old female moggy.
She has recently started crying very loudly - Normally when she looks out of the window but last couple of days being sick. She is eating and drinking.
The only other changes in her is she has started crying at the front door wanting to go out that way rather than going our the back door as usual.
We have 2 other cats - one her brother and another we got about 10 months ago who has settled in really well.
We have recently started to shut them out of our bedroom during the day when we are not home and she has started to not use her little tray - we have a big one that the 3 of them use but our female has started to wee and poo at the side of it. Normally the 2 older cats go outside to the toilet but when we are not in to let them out this happens - Any advice?

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Any time a cat starts to not use the litter box is time to take them to the vets. She could very well have a bladder or kidney infection and she is trying to tell you this.

She needs a check up to find out why this behavior has started- but you must start with the physical and make sure all is well that way first, then deal with any behavioral issues if she is all clear on the physical front.  

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PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITTING TO ME: I am NOT a vet and do NOT diagnose diseases. That is only for a licensed Veterinarian to do. I will give you suggestions and steer you toward calling your vet for help. You can call the vet's office and talk to the technician there or the vet at times. Don't be afraid to call them! If you have a serious issue with your pet please post it to one of the veterinarians in here- I will tell you the same thing in my answer. IF your pet is injured or in an emergency situation, CALL YOUR VET- Do not wait and post in here. Just call the vet's office and get them in to see the vet right away. Critical treatment time is lost if you seek answers here when you should have your precious pet at the vets!! Don't sit at home waiting for an answer when your pet is critically ill or injured!! I can answer most questions about small animal and wildlife care as well as small animal nutrition. I can also answer questions about all phases of dental care for small animals. I DO NOT answer questions about birds (unless it is wildlife or songbirds) or HAMSTERS/GERBILS/CHINS/GUINEA PIGS/REPTILES/FROGS/RABBITS/PET BIRDS OF ANY KIND so please submit these questions to the appropriate sections. I, as well as other experts in here, do NOT do homework questions- that is for YOU to do! Please respect these rules for all of us. Thanks!

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I have over 35 years experience in the field of veterinary medicine. I specialized in small animals and did wildlife rehab for over 25 years, mostly raptors, squirrels and opossums. I am a Small Animal Nutritional Consultant with 6 certificates from Hills Pet Foods, CNM and Purina. I also specialized in Small Animal Dentistry which is a field I truly love.

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Licensed with California and Oregon, RVT and CVT. Certified Veterinary Dental Technician Have over 550 logged hours of Continuing Education Credits(that means I keep up to date!).

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