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    Question Animal habits - can animals develop hoarding tendencies?

    Can animals develop what psychiatrists have termed "hoarding syndrome"?? asking because earlier I junked this old chair that my cat used to use to sleep on. I had to get rid of it because it was breaking down literally and it was stained badly. She seems to have become extremely attached to this chair. Because as I was leaving my unit to go downstairs to dispose of it I heard her meowing in this really sad tone. When I came back upstairs I found that she had urinated on some things that were on the ground. I decided to retrieve one of the extra pieces from this chair and put it onto the computer chair that I gave her. My cat seems to be happy with that and is at this point sleeping. I am wondering about this because it was almost like she had a breakdown or something. I am going to ask our vet about this also. But I wanted to run this to you guys to get some input on it.

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    Re: Animal habits - can animals develop hoarding tendencies?

    I don't believe that would be considered hoarding per se, especially if the chair is the only object. But certainly the whole thing seems unusual.

    ---------- Post added at 02:57 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:40 PM ----------

    As you seem to suggest, it would help to have the vet rule out anything physical like a urinary tract infection: Is Your Cat Urinating in Your House? Something to Think About!
    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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