Cats driving me crazy!!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Have you asked the vet about the behavioral issues, too? I get that there’s nothing medically wrong, but the vet might be able to help you solve the behavioral issues.

My brother’s gf’s cat was very sweet when she adopted him, then a couple years later he started going kind of batcrap crazy.  Turns out the cat was depressed. He’s on a higher dose of Prozac than most depressed humans right now, but he’s a happy cat again.  So I mean, it’s worth a call to the vet, especially since Jack is a special needs kitty.

As for Sandy, I assume she’s not declawed since you mentioned damage to your steps, but can you put claw covers on her? My cat has a particular taste for scratching up door frames, no matter what other scratch posts I give her, so we use SoftClaw covers on her and at least it prevents the damage. They were tough to put on initially, but after about six months she stopped fighting me when I put them on her and now after 2 years, they don’t even phase her. Plus they’re pink and sparkly.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MrsMath:  How old is Jack?  I had a blind cat that started crying when she got older, the vet said cats get dementia like people and that she was probably extra stressed/disoriented.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Have you tried giving them a special box to sleep in and lining it with some dirty clothes (or sleep with a clean towel for a day or too) so it smells like you? 

Its something you do to sooth puppies and get them to sleep on their own. I dont know if it works on cats but it cant hurt to try.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

@MrsMath: As for Sandy, can you put a litter box in the hallway or bathroom upstairs so it’s not in your room but close enough for her to go. Do you guys have a garage? When my cats start crying because they want to go out, I put them in the garage for a little while. You can put a bed, food and a litter box inside your garage. This will show him you are not ok with him crying. You can also try putting him at another room with all he needs. I also tend to say “No” to them a lot when they are are misbehaving. It worked really well for our first cat we got when he was little. He’s well behaved for the most part. Best of luck! 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I can second the recommendation of the SoftClaws. They work pretty well. Not only when they are on, but the also start to train that can that scratching is futile and they scratch less even as they start to fall off. Don’t let them be off for too long though or the scratching starts right up again.

The other suggestions Ive never tried, but your situation sounds a bit desparate so why not try things?

Have you ever tried one of these phermone plug-in things? You just plug it in the wall and supposedly your cat feel better. There a bunch of other anxiety products too that you could try – maybe your doctor could help with some suggestions.

http://www.petco.com/N_23_4294956712/Cat-Calming-Aids.aspx

 

Have you thought of having your husband sleep on the couch (I assume there’s a couch) downstairs with Jack and Sandy to help them feel better?

 

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