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- Jan 9, 2018
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Charlie is a senior kitty, and the higher activity the last few months combined with age may be causing arthritis to flare up. Supplements, such as Cosequin or GlycoFlex, can help control inflammation and degeneration associated with arthritis, easily overlooked during wellness exams. Cosequin is flavored and most palatable in food; GlycoFlex is available in chew treats. These are well tolerated gastrointestinally and take 2-4 weeks to see efficacy. See which he likes.
Feliway Multicat is a game changer for cat-on-cat aggression, anxiety, or fear. Its pheromone differs from Feliway Classic and Comfort Zone, as the original formula of facial pheromone helps self-soothe and establish territorial comfort. Rubbing at scent gland areas of the face, such as the temporals, cheeks, chin, and submandibular area, is soothing as it activates these facial gland pheromones; thus rubbing on us or on furniture.
Open (not covered),large litterboxes, 18"x24" minimum, both in accessible communal area and in private corners, at least 3
Additional environmental enrichment modification includes food puzzles.
Thank you so much for taking the time to pass along the wealth of information- your post is full of good insight. I did try Cosequin with Charlie, but it makes him vomit. I tried to work it up gradually, but every time I reached 1/2 capsule in his food, he'd vomit. I switched to Charlotte's Web CBD as I heard that this does wonders for arthritic cats (and that it helps mellow them out, so Finn gets it, too).Redirected aggression when acutely scared or threatened is a very scarey cat reaction to behold. But, he relaxed unordinarily quickly, so thank your lucky stars and his quite domesticated brain for that.
Okay, thanks Jcatbird. I will have some time this week, but then my next clinical starts next week. I need to figure out how long to keep them separated when I'm gone, too. Do I keep separating them indefinitely? Any time Charlie uses any of the litter boxes and Finn hears the scratching, Finn runs to whichever box and stalks it, pouncing when Charlie enters. I've been able to head this off somewhat today. They probably need to be separated for a while longer whenever I leave so this doesn't happen while I'm gone and set us back?I think time with Charlie as you are doing now. You really can’t make him fight back but you can build his confidence. Bringing in others requires a dedication of time and energy to them. Finn is now well established so the focus can be me equally divided now. Cats can really turn the tables on us. There was a time when you worried that Charlie would bully Finn. The balance will shift again. Giving Charlie private time should help a lot. Allowing Finn the time to mature too. The rough play still needs to be monitored by you when you see it. That calm but firm,” uh uh Finn.” Stop is a good word foranything they do that causes pain or risk of any kind. Cats are so strong willed, we have to be very regular with instructions. Have you ever tried to teach a cats trick? Lol They can be taught but, it takes human patience. That might be a good exercise for both kitties. Maybe reaching with one paw to snag something tasty in a teaspoon? Making Finn work a little harder for it. Finn might even enjoy jumping on a footstool ( or similar) and then back down to get his treat. Make the treat a small taste of something. You might do this when they are not together since Charlie could be arthritic. Make it easier for him. I found that since BJ has no real interest in toys, the teaching for things or other brain teasers was more to his interest. If you are doing this even once a day, it could build confidence in Charlie and work off a little angst in Finn. If you can do more, I think you’ll find they get interested in all sorts of challenges.
This is a sheet about clicker training:Okay, my interest is piqued with clicker training. I just googled it and it doesn't sound as overwhelming as I thought. I was just in the pet supply store today, dang it, I should have picked up a clicker. This may be really good for Finn. He's done better this week since I've been home more and can correct him when he gets "stalky". Charlie still acts skittish and wary, but doesn't seem quite as cowed. Last night they wouldn't come to bed; Charlie was out in the living area and too afraid to come to the room. I went out to get him, and he darted under the chaise. It must have looked like I was out to get him, because Finn 'came to his defense' again. He didn't get aggressive and go for me, but he began that anxious sounding yowling and got between the chaise and me. I definitely got the "feel" of concern from Finn, no aggression. And yet Charlie still fears him. I finally went to bed and got up around 1 a.m. to go retrieve him from a chair - Finn was in bed with me. I don't separate them at night because I did sense more hostility when I did that. I only separate them when I feed in the morning so Charlie and I can have our alone time, and I'm still keeping them separated when I leave the house. We shall see how things go next week when I start my next clinical rotation. I'm definitely feeling encouraged, and feeling a lot more loving towards Finn, poor guy! Now that he's not attacking Charlie - who just turned 9 years old!
You're right, Jcatbird - Finn is young and has energy to burn, and he is so smart!! It's a shame not to challenge that intelligence. If I can work with his hyperactivity, he can totally learn tricks. I just have to find the time! Thanks so much for the encouragement - will keep you posted!
Yes! When I get to "sit" or "raise a paw" I plan on doing that. Moo is very good at targeting my finger now.
The link was to FDA's CBD report submitted this year to the Senate; re: human and animal supplement/diet products and use. Sorry if you can't view it; pdf sent to me last week.Log In or Sign Up to View
"CBD is not a risk-free substance. As evidenced in the public clinical development data for Epidiolex and in the publicly available published scientific literature, CBD is associated with risks including liver injury, drug-drug interactions, drowsiness that may affect driving, and the possibility of male reproductive toxicity."
Every 8 weeks, there is new scientific data as well as new legal decisions regarding cannabis products. I get surprised sometimes by reports like the FDA one, when I thought I had read all the most recent info, then something else is published. I sink into research and data rabbit holes from stuff like this, lol
By all means, take us with you into the rabbit holes! The more reliable information to help the kitties, the happier we’ll all be. It holds great promise if properly managed. It’s a much different plant than it was decades ago. I have watched the evolution of it and found it very interesting. It holds a place that I never would have imagined all those years ago. I am more than surprised. Cattibis.Every 8 weeks, there is new scientific data as well as new legal decisions regarding cannabis products. I get surprised sometimes by reports like the FDA one, when I thought I had read all the most recent info, then something else is published. I sink into research and data rabbit holes from stuff like this, lol