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Cat Health > prozac
Tigger

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Purred: Thu May 21, '15 12:45pm PST 
Hi Chloe's momma - yes he was neutered as a kitten. He has access to a large cat tree, a dresser in front of the window in my office (I work from home) I have baskets for them on the tall hutch that is part of my desk. (his fav nap spot) Another cat ledge by the kitchen window. He is ruler of all around here. I give him a ton of attention. He sleeps with me every night. He sits bewteen me & hubby on the couch on his own softy blankie- he rides my shoulders. I am forever loving him up. He doesn't really play a whole lot, but he will jump for a feather toy a couple times. I try not to overdo it because of his heart. I have a Feliway in every room. (both spray & diffuser) I clean with Nature's Miracle first, per directions, then will use a pet safe cleaner. I have 3 huge tote bin boxes in the basement (it is a finished basement), one in my bedroom closet, one on our attached screened porch. I am putting another one in my office. They are cleaned 1-2x day. I completely agree that he is certainly more important than the colony- it is just hard when they were all born in our backyard woodpile, and a couple are so tame that I could bring them in and they would make great pets. I feel a responsibility to them too, I am the colony's registered caretaker -Do I wish I had never started feeding the first one? yes, but I cannot go back & change the past, just gotta deal with the present. It is frustrating on all levels. I was going to purchase some Cat Away sprinkles to put closer to the house in the hopes of keeping the ferals further away from the house. I even thought of having the vet test to see if perhaps he was not fully neutered since he has such a strong reaction. Part of it too he & I are so attuned, and I have been under much MUCH stress the past couple years, so I am sure he feels it too as much as I try to chill myself. I am glad to hear that it is safe with HCM and that it is ok. I guess I kind of feel like a failure to him. I am supposed to keep him well, and hard as I try, nothing works.shrug
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Cat Health > prozac
Tigger

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Purred: Wed May 20, '15 5:22pm PST 
Hello all - After having tried everything, and I mean EVERYTHING to curtail Tig's spraying, I am seriously considering asking the vet about medication. I do not like to go this route, but I really don't know what to do anymore. I love this cat - he is my soul-cat & I don't want his sweet quirky personality to change, but I actually cried today when I had to clean up yet another spray area. I know part of the cause, and it cannot be changed, (I am the caretaker of a registered colony of kits - that are all fixed, but they do like to lounge around the area - how can I stop feeding them - it's not their fault.) Although I do remember when I got Smitty, he did it a couple times before Smitty was fixed, then it stopped. I brought Felix in at the time the colony was here, and that is when it started, and has not stopped.But I have made sure to cover all the other bases. Seriously, I buy Nature's Miracle in 2 gallons at a time. I can even tell you which formulas work better than others. My hubby has been patient about it, but he is frustrated too - he adores Tig. He is tired of pee - I am tired of pee - I worry that my house smells as much as I try to clean - I am sure I have missed spots that he has marked. Sometimes I don't find it until it is dry. So now I am desperate. My concern is how prozac will interact with his HCM and atenolol. He is healthy otherwise. I have him on supplements for his bladder since he had the blockages as a young tyke, he gets 95% wet food. Anyone have experience with this med, with a HCM kitty on this med? I truly have tried it all:
calming collar, calming sachet, the other relaxing collar that is purple, Feliway spray, Feliway diffuser, I clean with Nature's Miracle - I use a pee light. I keep doors closed. I take him out on his leash to let it fly on the bush or the garbage can in hopes that it will curtail it one more night. We play, we snuggle - again he is my boy -He seems to ramp up at night, and even paces. I just can't take it anymore. I would never ever ever get rid of him - I just want some peace, as I know I get stressed when he does it, and it exacerbates the issue. My daughter comes over, and if she leaves her bag on the floor - bam pee....I leave something new anywhere, pee - the door way, my clothes in the closet - I wash and clean EVERY DAY. I am beginning to think I need the prozac too.....help? pwease?
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Laws & Legislation > Revoke the veterinary license of Kristen Lindsey

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Purred: Thu Apr 30, '15 12:56pm PST 
I signed. I think she is an awful person.
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Behavior & Training > Crazy Ollie (issues with cat looking for advice)

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Purred: Thu Apr 16, '15 3:49pm PST 
You could try hiding some toys for him to hunt, or treats. They have treat dispenser toys that are like a puzzle. I have a puzzle box that mine like. It is flat with holes, and you can put a toy or treats, then they have to paw inside to get them out. I think keeping him occupied like that will help! cheer
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New to Catster/Tips & Tricks > I'm new

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Purred: Tue Apr 14, '15 4:11pm PST 
welcome Welcome to Catster! Things are still a bit hectic around here, as the site has been going through some changes, and some parts are not functioning =, but overall it is a fun place!way to gowave
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Behavior & Training > Crazy Ollie (issues with cat looking for advice)
Tigger

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Purred: Tue Apr 14, '15 4:06pm PST 
You could try some boxes filled with paper that he can shred. I give mine the crinkly craft paper, and they tear it up, but leave the other things alone. He is testing his boundaries, and it seems like you are doing everything right. If it gets really bad at night, is there a room he can be put in to keep him safer? They also do have this Scat Spray, it is a motion activated canister of air, that when the cat goes by it, it srpays & makes a hiss sound. You could try that by the TV. I too would be worried about both his safety and not wanting to replace a tv!
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Behavior & Training > Cat spraying frequently- Please help!

Tigger

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Purred: Tue Apr 7, '15 2:34pm PST 
Hello, my name is Tigger, and I am a sprayer. laugh out loud The reason most mancats spray is because they feel uncertain, nervous, or are establishing that this is their space. It calms them to smell their own smell. It is frustrating as all get out for sure, but I think it does help to understand why they do it. It is not them being a bad kitty per se. I can honestly say I have tried almost everything, but what seems to work the best for us, is the combination of Feliway diffusers, Feliway spray on the previously spritzed places, and I use a stress collar on Tig. The best enzyme cleaner to me is Nature's Miracle Just for Cats intense urine destroyer (not sure if link will work)
http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Miracle-Destroyer-32-Ounce-P-5721/dp/B 003I5QRJ2/ref=sr_1_7?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1428441302&sr=1-7&ke ywords=natures+miracle
I have tried the other formulas, but they DO NOT work as well. If the mark is still wet, wipe with a dry paper towel, then spray the Nature's Miracle - wait 5 minutes, wipe that up and repeat. May take a few times. THEN you can clean with your regualr cleaner. Otherwise, using a cleaner first can actually set the spray in. I buy this stuff by the gallon I kid you not. He sprays because I feed my registered feral colony near our alleyway, and they like to come in our yard to lounge, and will sit by the back door to wait for me. He is upset because it is HIS yard. I am kind of stuck, cause I am not going to stop feeding them. Tig goes outside in the yard on his leash, and of course sees and smells them. So I just try to control it as best I can. I also use a calming collar as he gets amped up at night and paces. I would install the diffusers in your new home well before you take your kitties there, and spray the carrier and room where the sprayer will be held for a day or two. If you let him have free reign, he will probably be scared, and the first source of comfort for them is...spray. Use the feli-spray on areas that look like a good target. (you get a feel for what they are) Now I was part of a study on multiple cat homes and aggression/spraying, and they are coming out with a new Feliway type stuff, that worked much better for us. I was sad to have the study end, and couldn't get the stuff yet! I got an email that it will be hitting the market soon. My vet mentioned that I could probably try kitty valium, but I hate to drug him up either. It is a last resort for me. I have 2 other males, and they do not do this at all. Tig started after the strays came & I took Felix in (he was one of the colony) I hope this gives you some help. wave meditate
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Grooming > How to get husband on board for a Lion Cut/comb trim?

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Purred: Wed Feb 25, '15 4:32pm PST 
How would he feel if you stopped combing your hair or brushing your teeth? It is great to be attached to a pet, but the WHOLE animal needs care - including brushing. It is part of the responsibility you take on when you ask a kitty to be part of your home. If he won't do it, then I guess either it is some quality time for you to share with kitty, or the groomer it is. Mine are all short hair, but they get brushed by both of us.
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Laws & Legislation > Update and Clarify Community Standards and Add a Report Sadistic Animal Abuse Option to Keep Faceboo

Tigger

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Purred: Wed Feb 25, '15 4:27pm PST 
I am not on FB, but that is horrible! They are allowing postings of people BREAKING THE LAW. If someone can get arrested for posting about a theft or a break in etc - then these people should be too. AS far as I know animal abuse is illegal everywhere..... Sadly that is part of why I am not on FB. I miss not seeing what my family & friends are doing, but the other stuff is too much for me. I hope that it can get passed! way to go KEEP FIGHTING!
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Food & Nutrition > Cat's favorite "texture" of food
Tigger

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Purred: Wed Feb 25, '15 4:24pm PST 
Mine all prefer the pate style. I guess probably because that's what I bought since they were kittens and that is what they were raised with. Maizy & Tigger will eat tiny bits though. They get one that has cheese bits in it as a very special treat once in a while, as it does have some wheat gluten in it. And even with pate the texture of it can make a difference. I can pretty much open a can of new food & know right away if they will eat it by the "spoon feel". Man I need a hobby...big laugh
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