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Old July 14th 16, 10:05 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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Not really good news on the overgrooming. She's alreadly licked the
middle of her abdomen bare, all the way to her butt, and she even has
fairly well denudded the inside of her rear legs. The cone is supposed
to prevent that but I noticed yesterday that she's managing to lick
the very lower abdomen and legs even with the cone on. Of course,
that's the only area that che can lick since the cone blocks all lf
the rest of her.

She's now on some kind of behavioral drug - one capsule per day
sprinkled on her food. Luckily she seems to like her new Hills I/D
diet food and doesn't seem to object to the medicine, but of course it
means that I can't let the other cats eat her food.

She goes back to the vet for a check next week but I'm not really
hopeful that anything is helping. The drug won't start working for six
weeks. I just got and plugged in a felliway diffuser, but that also
won't work for weeks.

Well, maybe the felliway willl at least make Baby more comfortable
(she's the feral). And, the ver said that I'll probably have to call
in a specialist who comes to your house and evaluates the environment
to try to identify what is causing the overgrooming. Sure, that's
likely to work. Not. But it is likely to be costly.

Eh. Well, she's 12 1/2. If she keeps this up, she won't make 13
because I just can't keep paying for this stuff and if she keeps
overgrooming she'll start getting sores and infections. It's very
depressing.

I'm working on getting a fence installed so I can let the cats go out.
Maybe Marlo will be happy if she can prowl around outside. I don't
know what else to try.
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Old July 14th 16, 10:08 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
jmcquown[_2_]
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On 7/14/2016 5:05 PM, dgk wrote:
Not really good news on the overgrooming. She's alreadly licked the
middle of her abdomen bare, all the way to her butt, and she even has
fairly well denudded the inside of her rear legs. The cone is supposed
to prevent that but I noticed yesterday that she's managing to lick
the very lower abdomen and legs even with the cone on. Of course,
that's the only area that che can lick since the cone blocks all lf
the rest of her.

She's now on some kind of behavioral drug - one capsule per day
sprinkled on her food. Luckily she seems to like her new Hills I/D
diet food and doesn't seem to object to the medicine, but of course it
means that I can't let the other cats eat her food.

She goes back to the vet for a check next week but I'm not really
hopeful that anything is helping. The drug won't start working for six
weeks. I just got and plugged in a felliway diffuser, but that also
won't work for weeks.

Well, maybe the felliway willl at least make Baby more comfortable
(she's the feral). And, the ver said that I'll probably have to call
in a specialist who comes to your house and evaluates the environment
to try to identify what is causing the overgrooming. Sure, that's
likely to work. Not. But it is likely to be costly.

Eh. Well, she's 12 1/2. If she keeps this up, she won't make 13
because I just can't keep paying for this stuff and if she keeps
overgrooming she'll start getting sores and infections. It's very
depressing.

I'm working on getting a fence installed so I can let the cats go out.
Maybe Marlo will be happy if she can prowl around outside. I don't
know what else to try.

I have no suggestions but am sending lots of purrs your way.

Jill
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Old July 15th 16, 10:17 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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On 7/14/2016 4:05 PM, dgk wrote:
Not really good news on the overgrooming. She's alreadly licked the
middle of her abdomen bare, all the way to her butt, and she even has
fairly well denudded the inside of her rear legs. The cone is supposed
to prevent that but I noticed yesterday that she's managing to lick
the very lower abdomen and legs even with the cone on. Of course,
that's the only area that che can lick since the cone blocks all lf
the rest of her.

She's now on some kind of behavioral drug - one capsule per day
sprinkled on her food. Luckily she seems to like her new Hills I/D
diet food and doesn't seem to object to the medicine, but of course it
means that I can't let the other cats eat her food.

She goes back to the vet for a check next week but I'm not really
hopeful that anything is helping. The drug won't start working for six
weeks. I just got and plugged in a felliway diffuser, but that also
won't work for weeks.

Well, maybe the felliway willl at least make Baby more comfortable
(she's the feral). And, the ver said that I'll probably have to call
in a specialist who comes to your house and evaluates the environment
to try to identify what is causing the overgrooming. Sure, that's
likely to work. Not. But it is likely to be costly.

Eh. Well, she's 12 1/2. If she keeps this up, she won't make 13
because I just can't keep paying for this stuff and if she keeps
overgrooming she'll start getting sores and infections. It's very
depressing.

I'm working on getting a fence installed so I can let the cats go out.
Maybe Marlo will be happy if she can prowl around outside. I don't
know what else to try.


Some years ago, my sister had a cat with behavioral issues that seemed
to be related to anxiety. She and her vet tried everything they could
think of, with no solution. She finally contacted Tufts Veterinary
College. They have a PetFax program where she could communicate with
them via phone and fax/email. The results were remarkable. In her
case, they recommended Prozac. Working in coordination with Tufts and
her vet, she received very detailed instructions from Tufts and a
prescription for Prozac from her vet. The results were remarkable. She
used this in combination with Feliway, and a cat that had suffered for
several years became stress-free in a fairly short period of time. I
don't remember what the Tufts program cost (it was a number of years
ago), but it was reasonable--and certainly far less than what you have
been paying. This is something that you might consider.

MaryL

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Old July 16th 16, 09:26 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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On Fri, 15 Jul 2016 04:17:15 -0500, MaryL
wrote:

On 7/14/2016 4:05 PM, dgk wrote:
Not really good news on the overgrooming. She's alreadly licked the
middle of her abdomen bare, all the way to her butt, and she even has
fairly well denudded the inside of her rear legs. The cone is supposed
to prevent that but I noticed yesterday that she's managing to lick
the very lower abdomen and legs even with the cone on. Of course,
that's the only area that che can lick since the cone blocks all lf
the rest of her.

She's now on some kind of behavioral drug - one capsule per day
sprinkled on her food. Luckily she seems to like her new Hills I/D
diet food and doesn't seem to object to the medicine, but of course it
means that I can't let the other cats eat her food.

She goes back to the vet for a check next week but I'm not really
hopeful that anything is helping. The drug won't start working for six
weeks. I just got and plugged in a felliway diffuser, but that also
won't work for weeks.

Well, maybe the felliway willl at least make Baby more comfortable
(she's the feral). And, the ver said that I'll probably have to call
in a specialist who comes to your house and evaluates the environment
to try to identify what is causing the overgrooming. Sure, that's
likely to work. Not. But it is likely to be costly.

Eh. Well, she's 12 1/2. If she keeps this up, she won't make 13
because I just can't keep paying for this stuff and if she keeps
overgrooming she'll start getting sores and infections. It's very
depressing.

I'm working on getting a fence installed so I can let the cats go out.
Maybe Marlo will be happy if she can prowl around outside. I don't
know what else to try.


Some years ago, my sister had a cat with behavioral issues that seemed
to be related to anxiety. She and her vet tried everything they could
think of, with no solution. She finally contacted Tufts Veterinary
College. They have a PetFax program where she could communicate with
them via phone and fax/email. The results were remarkable. In her
case, they recommended Prozac. Working in coordination with Tufts and
her vet, she received very detailed instructions from Tufts and a
prescription for Prozac from her vet. The results were remarkable. She
used this in combination with Feliway, and a cat that had suffered for
several years became stress-free in a fairly short period of time. I
don't remember what the Tufts program cost (it was a number of years
ago), but it was reasonable--and certainly far less than what you have
been paying. This is something that you might consider.

MaryL


Thanks a lot, I will keep that in mind. Actually, most of the cost was
for the dental work. I was hoping that maybe fixing the teeth would
stop her from overgrooming but it looks like drugs are the only
answer. Ok if it works.
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Old July 16th 16, 09:50 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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On 7/16/2016 3:26 PM, dgk wrote:
On Fri, 15 Jul 2016 04:17:15 -0500, MaryL
wrote:

On 7/14/2016 4:05 PM, dgk wrote:
Not really good news on the overgrooming. She's alreadly licked the
middle of her abdomen bare, all the way to her butt, and she even has
fairly well denudded the inside of her rear legs. The cone is supposed
to prevent that but I noticed yesterday that she's managing to lick
the very lower abdomen and legs even with the cone on. Of course,
that's the only area that che can lick since the cone blocks all lf
the rest of her.

She's now on some kind of behavioral drug - one capsule per day
sprinkled on her food. Luckily she seems to like her new Hills I/D
diet food and doesn't seem to object to the medicine, but of course it
means that I can't let the other cats eat her food.

She goes back to the vet for a check next week but I'm not really
hopeful that anything is helping. The drug won't start working for six
weeks. I just got and plugged in a felliway diffuser, but that also
won't work for weeks.

Well, maybe the felliway willl at least make Baby more comfortable
(she's the feral). And, the ver said that I'll probably have to call
in a specialist who comes to your house and evaluates the environment
to try to identify what is causing the overgrooming. Sure, that's
likely to work. Not. But it is likely to be costly.

Eh. Well, she's 12 1/2. If she keeps this up, she won't make 13
because I just can't keep paying for this stuff and if she keeps
overgrooming she'll start getting sores and infections. It's very
depressing.

I'm working on getting a fence installed so I can let the cats go out.
Maybe Marlo will be happy if she can prowl around outside. I don't
know what else to try.


Some years ago, my sister had a cat with behavioral issues that seemed
to be related to anxiety. She and her vet tried everything they could
think of, with no solution. She finally contacted Tufts Veterinary
College. They have a PetFax program where she could communicate with
them via phone and fax/email. The results were remarkable. In her
case, they recommended Prozac. Working in coordination with Tufts and
her vet, she received very detailed instructions from Tufts and a
prescription for Prozac from her vet. The results were remarkable. She
used this in combination with Feliway, and a cat that had suffered for
several years became stress-free in a fairly short period of time. I
don't remember what the Tufts program cost (it was a number of years
ago), but it was reasonable--and certainly far less than what you have
been paying. This is something that you might consider.

MaryL


Thanks a lot, I will keep that in mind. Actually, most of the cost was
for the dental work. I was hoping that maybe fixing the teeth would
stop her from overgrooming but it looks like drugs are the only
answer. Ok if it works.


Yes, my sister only wanted to use drugs as a last resort. She waited
for several years before turning to Tufts, but it was like a miracle for
her cat. They recommended Prozac and provided a great deal of
information. She took the information to her vet, and he prescribed the
dosage of Prozac that Tufts had recommended. Solution found!

MaryL

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Old July 17th 16, 01:20 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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On Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:05:50 -0400, dgk wrote:

Not really good news on the overgrooming. She's alreadly licked the
middle of her abdomen bare, all the way to her butt, and she even has
fairly well denudded the inside of her rear legs. The cone is supposed
to prevent that but I noticed yesterday that she's managing to lick
the very lower abdomen and legs even with the cone on. Of course,
that's the only area that che can lick since the cone blocks all lf
the rest of her.

She's now on some kind of behavioral drug - one capsule per day
sprinkled on her food. Luckily she seems to like her new Hills I/D
diet food and doesn't seem to object to the medicine, but of course it
means that I can't let the other cats eat her food.

She goes back to the vet for a check next week but I'm not really
hopeful that anything is helping. The drug won't start working for six
weeks. I just got and plugged in a felliway diffuser, but that also
won't work for weeks.

Well, maybe the felliway willl at least make Baby more comfortable
(she's the feral). And, the ver said that I'll probably have to call
in a specialist who comes to your house and evaluates the environment
to try to identify what is causing the overgrooming. Sure, that's
likely to work. Not. But it is likely to be costly.

Eh. Well, she's 12 1/2. If she keeps this up, she won't make 13
because I just can't keep paying for this stuff and if she keeps
overgrooming she'll start getting sores and infections. It's very
depressing.

I'm working on getting a fence installed so I can let the cats go out.
Maybe Marlo will be happy if she can prowl around outside. I don't
know what else to try.


I hope that works out for you and Marlo :/
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Old July 19th 16, 01:29 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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On Sat, 16 Jul 2016 15:50:01 -0500, MaryL
wrote:

....
Thanks a lot, I will keep that in mind. Actually, most of the cost was
for the dental work. I was hoping that maybe fixing the teeth would
stop her from overgrooming but it looks like drugs are the only
answer. Ok if it works.


Yes, my sister only wanted to use drugs as a last resort. She waited
for several years before turning to Tufts, but it was like a miracle for
her cat. They recommended Prozac and provided a great deal of
information. She took the information to her vet, and he prescribed the
dosage of Prozac that Tufts had recommended. Solution found!

MaryL


The (sort of) funny part is that the vet mentoned that I might have to
call in a feline behavioral expert. They come to your house and try to
figure out what is driving your cat bonkers. Really. I wonder if
Jackson is available? Marlo is hardly a Cat From Hell but that sounds
like what he does.
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Old July 20th 16, 12:12 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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dgk wrote:

MaryL wrote:


Yes, my sister only wanted to use drugs as a last resort. She waited
for several years before turning to Tufts, but it was like a miracle for
her cat. They recommended Prozac and provided a great deal of
information. She took the information to her vet, and he prescribed the
dosage of Prozac that Tufts had recommended. Solution found!


The (sort of) funny part is that the vet mentoned that I might have to
call in a feline behavioral expert. They come to your house and try to
figure out what is driving your cat bonkers. Really. I wonder if
Jackson is available? Marlo is hardly a Cat From Hell but that sounds
like what he does.


If Jackson came to your house, he would tell you that your cats need lots
of high places to hang out where they would feel safe. And they'd need
more play time.

This isn't my opinion necessarily, because I don't know how many high
perches you already have in your house, or whether you play with them a
lot (or they play with each other). But I've watched a number of his
shows and he pretty much always says the same thing - especially about
the high perches.

--
Joyce

No one should try to hit another's bumper. But bumper bumpage is a part of
life. Yawn and get on with it. -- Gene Weingarten
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Old July 20th 16, 11:40 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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On 7/19/2016 7:12 PM, Bastette wrote:
If Jackson came to your house, he would tell you that your cats need lots
of high places to hang out where they would feel safe. And they'd need
more play time.

This isn't my opinion necessarily, because I don't know how many high
perches you already have in your house, or whether you play with them a
lot (or they play with each other). But I've watched a number of his
shows and he pretty much always says the same thing - especially about
the high perches.

-- Joyce


On some of the shows I've seen, he describes cats that like high places
as tree dwellers and cats that don't are cave dwellers.

Persia (RB) never really liked getting getting up on high places. Some
folks have cats that will snooze on top of the refrigerator. She never
showed any interest in getting up on anything taller than the couch or
the bed. Buffy seems to be pretty much the same way.

I'm not sure it's true they all want to be high up off the ground. Of
course, I've only ever had one cat at a time.

I do know Buffy hid from her former bully cat-mate, Frankie. When I
went over to adopt her she was hiding on a chair under the dining room
table. There were no high perches in the house (no toys or anything I
could see, either!). I guess that was the only place she felt fairly
safe. When I brought her home she hid under the bed. A couple of hours
later I couldn't find her. She was on a chair under the dining room
table. I guess the table cloth made it feel like sort of a safe "fort".
I assured her it was just me and her and she came out and explored.
She still startles easily, sometimes, as if she's expecting another cat
to jump out at her.

Jill
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Old July 21st 16, 10:47 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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On Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:12:46 -0000 (UTC), Bastette
wrote:

dgk wrote:

MaryL wrote:


Yes, my sister only wanted to use drugs as a last resort. She waited
for several years before turning to Tufts, but it was like a miracle for
her cat. They recommended Prozac and provided a great deal of
information. She took the information to her vet, and he prescribed the
dosage of Prozac that Tufts had recommended. Solution found!


The (sort of) funny part is that the vet mentoned that I might have to
call in a feline behavioral expert. They come to your house and try to
figure out what is driving your cat bonkers. Really. I wonder if
Jackson is available? Marlo is hardly a Cat From Hell but that sounds
like what he does.


If Jackson came to your house, he would tell you that your cats need lots
of high places to hang out where they would feel safe. And they'd need
more play time.

This isn't my opinion necessarily, because I don't know how many high
perches you already have in your house, or whether you play with them a
lot (or they play with each other). But I've watched a number of his
shows and he pretty much always says the same thing - especially about
the high perches.


There are several cat trees and Baby lives under the bed.

But the problem does seem to be Baby. Marlo definitely does not like
Baby and lately chases her around the house. I stop it when I see it
but I'm not here all the time. I suspect that her overgrooming has to
do with Baby.

Baby wasn't introduced the way I normally introduce new cats. I
literally pulled her off the street a few days before I moved and then
off we went to Florida in our carrying cases and suddenly we were all
in a new house.

I think it's a bit late to do the introduction thing, but maybe I can
rub a towel on Baby and then rub it on Marlo until she gets used to
the smell.

I have a Felliway diffuser running, and Marlo is on some sort of
Prozac, but maybe some "reintroduction therapy" will help. Problem is,
getting Baby to cooperate in any way is very tough.
 




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