30 July, 2010 at 4:40 pm #39189
Shiva is wanting time with Mommy but this little intruder keeps getting in the way by demanding play, food, mommy cuddles etc… If I do not pay attention to little intruder, she drives us nuts with meows and attempts to climb on momm. Shiva is now being more difficult than ever about eating, and will only lap up gravy. I was getting very worried about her until I noticed she had eaten some dry food last night.
Meanwhile, there can be no closed door between Bungee and me without it sounding like I am torturing the poor kitten. She has now figured out how to get out of her safe room and the only way to keep her in is by closing the door all the way – which is not an option as that room gets too hot. But when she is running loose in the house, nothing is safe and I have an air mattress in the living room that I would love to keep in one piece.
I am at my wits end. Between the two cats, I have had almost no sleep. And now Bungee is demanding that I get out of this chair so she can have it. *sighs* They learn so fast…30 July, 2010 at 4:41 pm #580804
Drugs? The cats not you. Rescue Remedy and/or Feliway?30 July, 2010 at 4:58 pm #580805
or drugs — you?30 July, 2010 at 5:26 pm #580806
Lol, I say drugs for both!30 July, 2010 at 5:53 pm #580807
I agree…drugs for both!! Feliway for the kits…& you might try the product I got at Petsmart…Calm Down…it has alcohol in it but, you can monitor every bit you use to help them calm down.
After using this stuff in the outdoor kits wet food, I got a miraculous & first head bunt from Ms. Hissy. And I’m only putting in enuf for one cat into the whole dish for the 3 of them.
I do feel your angst & frustration tho…been there,done that w/8 still inside. There just isn’t enuf of you to go around. As for the air bed…used to have one till the Muskateers ‘popped’ it.30 July, 2010 at 8:20 pm #580808
Behaviour-wise, the kitten is trying to assert dominance over the older cat by behaving the way she does. Ignore her completely when you are paying attention to the other cat. If she screams her lungs out, she will get tired and eventually learn that that behaviour doesnt get her the response she wants. I always say dont feed the monster – dont enforce behaviour you dont want by giving in to the animals’ demands.30 July, 2010 at 10:54 pm #580809
I don’t want to use any drugs on the cats, no matter how tempting it might be… except for catnip for Shiva. One thing I have not tried lately is giving Shiva catnip. It’s just so difficult for her to enjoy anything with the flea problem, and the weekly baths don’t help her moods any.
For the most part, I don’t give Bungee any attention while petting Shiva. But when Shiva is on top of the washing machine and I am petting her and trying to coax her to eat, she gets so distracted by Bungee’s attempts to get my attention that she cannot enjoy the attention I am trying to give her. Bungee just wants mommy, Shiva just wants to feel normal without fleas and a maniac kitten driving her nuts, and I just want to enjoy a good night’s sleep. Hmmm… maybe drugs are a good idea.. *grins devilishly*31 July, 2010 at 12:06 am #580810
OW…I hope you know I WAS kidding when I said drugs for the kits. I don’t like drugging any animal unless it’s absolutely necessary.
With that said…I still suggest the ‘Calm Down’. It was designed to help with calming down cats & their stress level. If you’ve tried everything else & If the Feliway is tried & doesn’t work, I suggest the Calm Down.
If you don’t want to try it on the “maniac kitten” (lol),low dose Shiva for 2-3 days & she may actually join in the play…or smack the kitten down. lol.31 July, 2010 at 4:05 am #580811
OW, my flat Drugs statement was actually tongue in cheek. Feliway is more like aroma thearapy for cats. You allow Shiva to have catnip. The Bach’s Remedy or Calm Down is closer to drugs. Bach’s would be classified as an herbal remedy like drinking chamomile tea to relax you.
I just like to be blunt about these items being related to the drug world. I would not reccommend valium or any other heavy duty prescription med to calm a cat without a vet’s reccommendation/supervision. And that only in extreme circumstances.
My drug of choice is therobroamine…commonly known as CHOCOLATE!31 July, 2010 at 4:34 am #580812
Just to make things clear – I realized that everybody was joking about the drugs, but I wanted to point out I would not do that to my brats. Only drug they get is catnip.
In my case, well for the most part my drug of choice is caffeine, though the way those two were driving me out of my mind last night, if I’d had some whiskey in the house, I would have put myself in a state where nothing could have kept me awake!
The good news is that Shiva and the kitten are beginning to tolerate each other. Shiva has hissed and taken a couple of swipes at the kitten, but the two were crashed out on either side of me on the couch earlier. My roommate said that after I got up, Shiva hissed at Bungee and Bungee hissed right back at her! Shiva then bolted into the kitchen to sit with mommy and the kitten followed. I put Bungee in the bathroom for about 10 minutes to give Shiva some peace since the poor cat has already had to put up with a bath today to get some of those nasty fleas off of her. Little does Bungee know, she is next if the diatomaceous earth does not help with the fleas that are attacking her.31 July, 2010 at 5:02 am #580813
i just bought some diatomaceous earth off the internet for the 3 kitties. it should be here in a few days…
if i were to bathe Spice, I’d die of the blood loss…
btw, my “drug” of choice is either caffeine or chocolate. i like both !!!31 July, 2010 at 6:06 am #580814
I have a prescription of Diazepam but don’t like the way it makes me feel….like a zombie. When I do have something in the house (which is rarely so), one Shmirnoff Ice or a very small glass of wine helps me calm down (I’m such a lightweight that 1 is all I need).
I did try the Bach’s Remedy for humans once & it’s wonderful stuff. If it weren’t so pricey I’d use it more often. It doesn’t drag me down & I’m able to get chores done (w/out them seeming like chores).
Cheri…are you having trouble sleeping? It’s quite late in your neck of the woods right now.31 July, 2010 at 5:56 pm #580815
I have to take “mother’s little helper” every night, but it’s for the muscle spasms in my back, not as a sedative. I have to take other meds for that. **Sigh**31 July, 2010 at 11:24 pm #580816
I dont know if you still want to seperate and close the door partially but I had an issue with my 2 kittens needing seperated so I went maguyver. =)
tied a string to my husbands heavy dumbell and I close the door while pulling the string so that its rested against the door inside the room. It stays cracked open about 2 inches or so, and she can stick her arm out to play with other kitten but they cant fight. She meows less since its cracked that tiny bit.1 August, 2010 at 12:29 am #580817
That is brilliant! I might have to try something like that, though it would make things difficult since we have to go in and out of that room at night.
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