- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
I have 2 cats, Simba (white) and Rafiki (Fiki) (grey) who are 8 year old brothers.
Fiki is a laid back cat and Simba has always been a nervous cat. I’ve moved with them to approx. 6 times in those 8 years (due to school/jobs) and so they (should be) used to moving, even as stressful as it is.
I have lived alone and with my brother, and they have always been free to sleep in my room/bed at night. I have now moved in with SO, who is mildly allergic to cats, and thus we’ve decided not to have them come in the bedroom to minimize his allergies (not breathing in the cat dander/hair at night). They are free to roam the rest of the townhouse (2 stories, 1100 sq. feet).
Fiki settled after about 3 days, he was scratching at the bedroom door, meowing, but then calmed down. Simba had not calmed down after 3 weeks. Simba continually would meow and scratch at the bedroom door beginning around 3 a.m., 4 a.m. if we were lucky. He also was nervous during the day, pacing, meowing, all in all acting very anxious.
I made an appointment for Simba at the vet yesterday. The behaviorist was in as well. They recommended that I confine Simba to the guest room for at least the next 2 weeks, it may take a month, for him to become settled. The vet also prescribed Prozac and Xanax. The vet is extremely sensitive toward animals, and has treated Simba for the past 8 months or so (he had some teeth/gum problems) and I trust her. They said for me to go in the room at regular times (ie. in the morning, after work for a little while and then at night before bed for a little while) to visit, spend time with him, etc. Now, because he is very close with his brother, they suggested that unfortunately Fiki also be confined with the Simba in the guest room, although they said Fiki could come out in the evenings when we are home for a little while to explore.
I moved the food, water, toys and litter box into the guest room. My parents have a cat house thing that’s like a cat tree that they’re going to give me for him tomorrow. I slept in the guest room with them last night to get them accustomed to the room without being alone. They both slept on the bed with me, and were pretty good until this morning when they thought it was time to end the sleepover and get out. I let Fiki out for a little while while I got ready. Simba, surprisingly, only meowed a little to get out and then went in the closet where his little hiding spot is and curled up and went to sleep.
Has anyone dealt with a similar situation? I feel so guilty locking them up in a room like that, they’ve always had their free run of our home wherever we were. I know it’s only going to be for 2 weeks to begin with, and it’s for his own good, but I feel so bad. Has anyone done this and it worked?