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Welcome to The Cat Site. I don't really know, but I would try to talk to the vet/person who wrote the notes in the chart about spaying. It is possible the vet missed a tiny tiny portion of the uterus, etc. Also, I wonder if simple blood work would show something, i.e., increase in estrogen? Good luck, and keep us updated.
I am sorry Hufflepuff is having such difficults (beautiful cat, by the way). Have you discussed treatment options for FHS, specifically, medication? Ritz was on Prozac for about three months for relatively mild FHS (didn't notice that much of a difference), but stronger drugs might be indicated for what seems to me a severe case of FHS. Also, what stress-reducing methods have you tried: increased play time? Feliway plug ins? Compose treats? Food? Some cats like to be...
I'm sorry your cat is going through this. I don't have any experience with e-collars. But I do have experience with FHS. Highly recommend seeing a cat specialist. Vets don't know what causes FHS; current thinking is it neurological in nature. Ritz had mild FHS symptoms--never self-mutilated. Does Prince's flank twitch? Runs up and down the hall trying to escape something? Ritz was on Prozac for about three months. I don't know that it helped that much--or if her...
That's a good idea; although calming remedies don't work on Ritz, maybe they will work on Hercules. Hercules got into another tiff with Ritz yesterday; put Herc in his safe/cat room. Ritz jumped right up onto my lap and went to sleep. Not sure how to interpret that.
I wonder if baby/toddler t-shirt would fit (never having children or done much babysitting, I haven't a clue!)
What a lovely, encouraging thread and you are a lovely person. To progress from petting Bay with a Swifter to petting her more closely, may I suggest touching her with a toy feather (feather at the end of a wand) and then progress to a brush (for cats).
Thanks for the insight/advice, though I vacilate daily/hourly whether to keep Hercules or adopt out/return to colony. Patience is not my strong suit; nor is seeing Ritz unhappy, stressed. I need to sit down with Hercules and explain these things about Ritz--how they are alike in some ways (both abandoned by inhumane humans), Ritz is more sensitive than Hercules, and while I know some of what you (Hercules) does is innocent (he loves his cat nip and, well, he's a guy),...
Ritz likes it and now sometimes Hercules, although I'm not sure Ritz likes Hercules liking it. But Ritz really doesn't like pet beds. Unless I'm in it
I've mentioned before about this cat I am fostering (adopting). TNRd by me in May 2012; always been inordinately friendly. About six months after I first TNRd him, he showed up with a chunk of fur missing that had been professionally clean and sutured. Clearly, he has at least one other caretaker and favorable exposure to humans. Weight is fine. When it was bitter cold in February I simply picked him up, but him in a cat carrier and took him home with me. ("FOUND Cat"...
As I understand it, the principle behind thundershirts is that they fit tightly around the torso. My cat mentor (who is really a dog person but rescued Ritz and the rest is history....) had a dog who was terrified of thunderstorms. I mentioned to her about thundershirts and she said she used a tight fitting t-shirt (presumably with her scent on it). You might try one of your t-shirts (dirty, smelly) and see if that works. Probably have to cut off sleeves. PS get a...
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