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    I have a 15 yr old neutered male cat, Jean-Luc. He has episodes where he wails forlornly. This happens mostly in the early morning hours but not exclusively. He will look at a particular place on the ceiling & cry. I believe cats are somewhat supernatural & see beyond the veil. He is the last of 3 siblings. The other 2 passed in the last 2 yrs. Also, my husband passed in his sleep in the wee hours 7 years ago & Jean-Luc was present for that. Does anyone have experience with those calming shirts used on dogs? I also see so called “natural” calming chews, drops & sprays. I wonder if those would help. He behaves normally the rest of the time but seems so distressed during these episodes. Distracting him only helps for a couple of minutes.

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    Hi Kale,

    You and Jean-Luc have been through a lot and lost many members of your family. As with hoomins, it’s not unusual for cats get depressed. Does Jean-Luc have any medical issues? Take him to vet. for a complete check up just to be sure he’s OK.

    There are three things you can try-

    1) The first is a homeopathic drops that work will for many cats. It’s called Rescue Remedy.

    2) Pick up a Feliway diffuser. It continuously releases the comforting facial pheromone throughout the home. This helps many cats relax in their environment.

    3) Get him a “thunder” shirt. It’s comforting for your cat however, he should only wear at times of stress.

    Those are options I can think of for you. I’m sure other TDKers will check in and have more advice. I don’t know anything about supernatural or extra sensory in cats.

    Good luck


    Profile photo of Moonshadow_NZ

    Hi Kale, you certainly have had some sorrow in your live in the last few years or so. I am so sorry.
    Jean-Luc poor boy needs some help. First a vet visit to check he is in good health.
    PG(we abbreviate names for speed here)gave you an excellent list to begin with and the only thing I can add is Spirit Essences by Jackson Galaxy.
    I know several TDKers here have used them for various reasons and been totally satisfied with the product.
    Hope you find something that will help Jean-Luc and in the long run you too because you must worry about your baby. I have a 16 year old cat(that’s her in my avatar) and she presents me with the odd problem from time to time which advice here and a vet visit have been able to sort out.

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    Thank you. I will look into your suggestions.

    Profile photo of lagatta4

    Also, like humans, felines simply get more anxious as they age. They are more fragile and vulnerable. My Renzo would do that, and I have no idea whether he had siblings as he was a street kitten, and he didn’t lose a beloved human as you both did.

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