September 3rd 2013 8:07 am
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Good Morning, So I called the vets office about Hunter spraying. I'm grateful that he doesn't need to be seen right now about it. Maybe in the future if it continues. Anyway, I did write about it in the forums, but I also want to write it here for my own reference.
I spoke with Anne, the vet tech and explain that Hunter has started spraying. She wanted to know what has changed in the household. Nothing really has changed. Everything is the same. I did tell her how I haven't really been home all that much in the last 5 days. I also mentioned that there has been a great deal of stress in the home. She said, well, that will do it. She sounded confident that was his issue, although she didn't express that to me. I could hear it in her voice. Anyway, She wanted to know what I've done to prevent him from doing this. I told her I purchased a black light, and Natures Mirace with Oxy for the stain/smell. She said that was a good choice. I also told her I have frosted one side of my slider door so Hunter can't see the outside cats. She said, that was great.
She wants a urine sample from him, just incase he has a urinary tract infection. I don't believe so because when he pees, he pees like a faucet. I'm going to try to get one anyway. I am going to try to be home more. Have less stress in the home. Oh, I also purchased his favorite toy online. It should be here Friday. I need to play with him more. I have been neglecting him. I am also going to look into feliway diffusers.
Does this make sense to you guys? He has only sprayed 1 because of outside cats, and twice this weekend because I haven't been home. Does that sound right? I mean do you guys think that could be the cause?? I'm going to try my best to be there for him and be as calm as I can be. Although for me, not an easy task.
Last time Hunter went to the vets he said that Hunter is part Turkish van/angora. I just read that those breeds bond very closely to one owner and often dont do well if they have to be rehomed. They are very sensitive cats. HA! Yep, thats Hunter alright. Geez... My poor white boy.
Hoping my Hunty does well today while I'm at work...
Huntys overly stressed, neurotic mom,
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I hope your mom can spend more time at home, Hunter, you need her! Anyhow, this may help, Calming Collars that HL used and many dogs and cats have been helped. I'll be purring for you!
CALMING COLLARS website
Well, that makes sense. Be sure to spend time with your mom whenever you can.
It totally makes sense. They cannot speak so they show their anxiety the only way they can. They can pick up our stress even if we do not think we are. In our case the last few years too have been crazy with my 2 Aunts passing away, my Mom moving in, my daughter moving across country, my son moving out, and of course the outside cats. I work at home, but am somtimes so stressed out from stupid employees, so I know all that adds up. Do the best you can - it is all any of us can do. Petting a kitty is excellent stress relief!! You might try those calming treats I mentioned in your other diary post. Amazon has them for like $5 a bag. Petco does too but they are $8 there.
I had similar issues in my house with 3 cats. I got Nature's Miracle Just for Cats Calming Spray. I sprayed it around the house where skirmishes and spraying happened most frequently, and I LOVE this stuff. I don't have to give my kitties medicine or make them sleepy. They just chill out.
I had a kitty who just wouldn't stop spraying, and the problem is solved, after years of trying to resolve it. I know I sound like a commercial, but I just can't believe how well it works! Got it at PetSmart. Hope it works for you, too.