Is your cat deep in thought, or experiencing symptoms of methamphetamine use?
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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced that it has found the usage of methamphetamines by cats has more than tripled in the past decade. “It’s becoming an epidemic” says DEA representative Maria Cruz. “Cats are susceptible to all sorts of illicit drug use because they are basically bored most of the time and don’t have to hold down a job.” Cruz added “When you leave your cat alone all day, you are enabling your cat to use drugs.”
The DEA has seen a substantial increase in feline drug abuse, and meth is by far the drug of choice for cats. The DEA stated that kitty meth pushers are finding house cats in middle class and upper class neighborhoods to be especially easy targets, as those cats have resources to obtain drugs and almost always have unsuspecting owners.
Cruz says that every cat owner should ask himself, “How well do I really know my cat? What does my cat do all day? And, where does my cat really want to go when it is staring out the window?”
Cat owners should be aware of the symptoms and behavior which are potential warning signs that your cat is using methamphetamines. According to the DEA, here are the 8 leading indicators that your cat has a meth problem: S
1. Insomnia: Does your cat often stay awake at night? If you hear your cat rummaging through the house late at night, this type of sleeping pattern may be caused by your cat’s methamphetamine use.
2. Nervous physical activity: If your cat is fidgety and needs to claw or scratch things in the house such as rugs or furniture, or your cat makes sudden physical movements for no reason, your cat is probably using methamphetamines.
3. Excited or seemingly unnecessary meowing: If your cat meows for no apparent reason or can’t explain the reasons why he or she is meowing, your cat’s confusion may be caused by the use of methamphetamines.
4. Compulsive behavior: Compulsive behavior is a telltale sign of feline methamphetamine use. Does your cat repeatedly clean or groom itself? Does your cat exhibit repetitive behavior, such as lying in the same spot every day?
5. Social behavior associated with drug use: Is your cat craving to go outside or does your cat enjoy going outside at night? Your cat’s desire to be outside of the house may be an indication your cat is looking to score more drugs.
6. Mood swings and avoidance: In most cases of methamphetamine use, your cat will experience a false sense of control and confidence, which can lead to unusual or anti-social behavior. Does your cat ever look aloof and distant?
7. Memory loss: Methamphetamine is an extremely toxic chemical and can affect your cat’s brain so severely your cat may not recognize its name. If you call your cat’s name, does your cat often ignore you? If your cat acts like it does not know its own name, this is a sure sign of methamphetamine use.
8. Are you missing any valuables: For the addicted cat who needs money to buy illegal drugs, your house is your cat’s primary source for drug funds. Have you ever looked in your wallet and thought you should have more cash? Have you ever lost a piece of jewelry? If so, your cat may be stealing from you to buy meth.
Feline methamphetamine addiction is a serious condition and very difficult to overcome without professional help. Many cats using meth become anti-social and become involved in crime to support their addiction. Your cat’s continued use of meth will have a long term impact on your cat’s health and quality of life, and may even cause an early death. It is not too late, however, if you know the warning signs. Do not expect your cat to beat meth addiction on its own. If you suspect your cat is using methamphetamines, seek treatment immediately.
Here, an innocent housecat contemplates going outside, and the tragic result of meeting up with the kitty drug dealer.