|Purred: Sat Mar 7, '09 8:37pm PST |
|This question was first posted in another thread by Churrah:
I'm eleven, and the senior member of the mystic michigan kitty krewe-the girls are sixteen months and eight months, so there's quite an age difference. they make me tired. The faithful scribe is a trifle concerned about me, of late. I act all jumpy, like i'm afraid the kittens are going to attack, or maybe an anvil is going to drop on my head or something. Oddly, the kittens treat me well enough when they're in MY room...they hang out on the bed with me quietly, or chase each other around the room-but they rarely pounce on me. but when i leave the room to visit the water fountain (or stake a claim when the litter box in the den has just been cleaned) they aren't so well-mannered. i guess they're respecting my territory-but not ME. i think they probably just want to play-but i don't want to play as rough or as long or as often, and i'd rather just play with one of my mousies...but they just don't seem to get the point.
Churrah's scribe here: it's not like they harass him-but he does seem more than a little paranoid whenever he ventures into the living room. and he lets them pester him away from his spot in the sun-i don't think they want him to leave, but he does NOT want to be bothered. i don't really know what to do, but i'd like him to feel freer to hang out in the sunshine, at the very least...would a feliway diffuser just in the living room be enough? (when i can afford it) because they're really quite polite to him in his room...more importantly perhaps, he'll hiss at them if they get crazy on the bed while he's lying there but doesn't hiss in the living room-which i don't really understand...
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PixieBelle provided this information:
Churrah, with so many kitties in your home it might help if you had a Feliway diffuser or two (depending on the size of your home.) Feliway is a pheromone-based oil that, when dispersed through the living area, calms kitties down by sending a "we're all friends here" olfactory signal. It is undetectable to humans, so they don't have to worry about any funny smells.
Feliway has helped smooth things over in my household of 6 cats, including 3 formerly feral boys. Things aren't perfect all the time, but we're definitely calmer with it, and Mama notices a difference within a few days if the dispenser runs out! You can find it at Petsmart, but it's usually less expensive to buy in bulk (a dispenser plus 2 refills, or 6 refill-only bottles) on amazon.com or through one of the web-based pet meds stores. Each refill lasts about a month, and we have a diffuser unit on each floor of the house. Just make sure you get the diffuser bottle and not the spray bottle - the spray is okay for using on things like cat carriers before we have to take a trip, but it doesn't work for a big space, or for a long time!
Edited by author Tue Mar 24, '09 7:18am PST
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