(Closed) Did you have to medicate an aggressive cat when you got pregnant?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Helper bee

@dynamic_duo:  I dont have any experience in this but am interested in hearing the results of this thread! Good luck with everything and I hope that the Bees will have some good advice that doesnt involve getting rid of your feline friend! 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t have any experience with cats but I really hope that your vet can offer some great advice. She sounds very sweet when she isn’t scared by strangers. My dog was like this, but fortunately you can take dogs to trying so 2 years later she is doing a lot better and we hope to just keep working on it. *Hugs* to you and kisses to the kitty.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Talk to your vet about options–there are lots of inexpensive long term anti anxiety meds–you should be trying to get her on them now so that she’s adjusted on them when the baby comes–in the beginning, the dosing is a process.

Also, try to find a compounding pharmacy or see if your vet can do it for you but it’s really easy to put medication in a tasty liquid compound.  The compounding pharmacies in my area do liquid suspensions or chewy treats in flavors like beef, chicken and fish.

Before declawing, look into keeping her nails trimmed short or using Soft Paws nail covers.  It’s a bit of extra work on your part but totally worth it in the long run.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

There are a ton of anxiety meds! Your vet will be able to figure out what works best for your situation. We have a cat on some now, and DH’s mom had a cat on them for years. Definitely worth a try 🙂

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Have you ever tried using Feliway? You plug it into an outlet and it spreads calming pheromones throughout the house. It definitely calms our cats.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My brother and SIL have a cat who sounds very similar to yours. Strangely enough, he has always been fine around the babies. They did eventually get him declawed though, because they were so tired of him clawing everyone and everything, but that was a last resort.

I would definitely ask your vet about medication first, just as a precaution, and then go from there. I know that people are very adament about declawing, but sometimes it’s your last resort. 🙁

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’d be curious about how this goes, I have a rescued dog. Came from a very bad situation. Recently found out she is not a fan of babies. I assume she has just never seen one. But when she saw her first baby about a month ago, she hid behind me peered out at and growled continually.

 

Had never seen this from her, makes me quite worried for the future.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

@eryepye:  I’ve never heard of this before… I should look into it for a friends cat!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@ames12708- My dog used to do this. She now can go around anyone and has her canine good citizen. It took us 2 years but she is the best dog I could have ever asked for and am so excited to see her with our kids. A lot of dogs hide and bark/growl because they are scared. Try confidence building training, such as an agility classes. We found a specialized class that mixed obedience with obstacles, not just agility equipment but hola hoops, walking on baby gates, etc. It was different but really helped her come out of her shell a little. Everywhere you go carry treats so you can give them to strangers. Buy one of those real life dolls that cry and teach the dog it’s okay. Congrats on your rescue, I’m sure the finished product will be amazing 🙂

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@booEXcore:  We’ve used Feliway too! It works really, really well for helping our male cats chill out, but we haven’t had much luck with the female. Definitely worth a shot for your friend. Just a tip– it’s a lot cheaper on Amazon (especially with subscribe and save) than at Petco!

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