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Better living through chemistry

Believe it or not, the cats are on Prozac.

The vet says that no one at their practice has ever heard of a pair of established housemates going at it for this long after a vet visit.  I know that I'm guilty of terrible anthropomorphising, but I suspect that she's just pissed off.  I also have to wonder if part of this is a power grab - the boy has realized that the dominent cat is old, and creaky, and was weak, and thought to himself in his little walnut brain "THIS is my time!"

He's handsome, but not the brightest crayon in the box.

So they're both getting Prozac.  It's also the first time that my vet has felt obliged to drug *both* of the animals involved.  Sigh.  I'm "special."  Great.

So we'll see how it goes.  Because Upstairs Cat and Downstairs Cat is not an acceptable situation.  At least I'm able to hide it in the food for the time being (although Downstairs Cat may be on to us.)



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Feb. 9th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
Cats have the capability to play Alpha games. When a previously "lesser" cat in the pride feels he/she can move up in rank due to a perceived weakness, they take it.

Since Alpha was *not* too old/weak it would seem the "spare cat" chose poorly :-)

Ask me of my feline pecking order stories sometime; with 5 cats it got interesting.
Feb. 9th, 2012 11:22 pm (UTC)
Re: actually
Yes - he did. As I said, he's just a bit... periwinkle. She's old, she's creaky, but not *too* old and creaky.
Feb. 10th, 2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
My parents have two cats, a mother (Angel) and a daughter (Peanut.) They are rescues. One day about three years after Nutty was born Angel decided she was The Devil and had to die. Now, Nutty is easily five times Angel's size but she definitely came out the worse in the fight. Many, many years later the cats are still separated by an amazing series of cat doors with steel inserts and a strict schedule. For the most part Nutty lives in the basement, coming up at prescribed times while her mother is locked into a bedroom.

The schedule works for them. Angel only gets upset now if Nutty goes over her allotted time. She even goes into the bedroom of her own free will. But the two still cannot meet.
Feb. 10th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
They are such freakish little creatures.

I have some hope - Becket didn't feel the need to go upstairs and pick a fight last night, and Nishka actually got down off the bed and was playing with her toys. I don't know if those are good signs or not, but they're positive incidents. I was particularly pleased to see Nishka playing - I've been fretting about her retreat to our bed.

I'm hoping that medicating them will allow us to "reset."
Feb. 10th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
either that
Or a rubber band gun. The surgical tubing kind. Makes a nice little pop on feline butts and really gets their attention.
Feb. 13th, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
Re: either that
Problem with that is having to have eyes on him all the time. Although a super soaker has been a VERY tempting idea.
Feb. 11th, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
I hope that works for you and for them. If they start getting wise to the med in food try putting it in baby food. My vet told me to use Beachnut turkey, chicken or beef to hide the meds in. She said other baby foods other then Beachnut have seasonings that may not be good for the cat (garlic I believe). This worked for me when ever I had to give my cat meds.
Feb. 13th, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
Ah - good suggestion. That's how we were getting Tashi's meds into him at the end, before he stopped eating altogether. I'd forgotten about that. The turkey went particularly well. You just have to do some label reading - onion and garlic are ones to avoid.

I could certainly pill them the old fashioned way, but hiding it in food is much less unpleasant.
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