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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.)



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.