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Hi Jen! Then you do remember. emoticon

MARGARETONEAL, thanks so much for your ideas and support. I know for a fact that Lucy will not let me put anything on her. A large towel works well it is just stressful since I hate to do it but have to. I will try the diffuser and transporting them first in a car and then driving the moving truck without them.

And YES! I do agree that Baby is probably bored now that he feels well. He had a porch where I used to live and in 4 months, we will be there again. I can't wait! At night, I have to be creative, like you, to keep Baby entertained so he doesn't act out as much.

Thanks everyone for the wonderful ideas and support!

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12/2/12 8:59 A

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i've read that when you move cats into a new space, that cats who have always been friends can be stressed and it can change their relationship for the worse. This sort of happened to me... i had some plumbing issues and had to board my cats and when I brought them back home, my sweet male tabby hissed and growled at my rowdy black and white. It was dicey for a few weeks, but they're back to normal now.

I saw a cat thundershirt at Petsmart and I wonder if that might help you? I don't need one now, but will get it when I do. They say they really help dogs.

If your cat is acting out of boredom, my cats and I are always inventing new games (they won't play with their cat toys, sigh so I have to be creative): laundry ball where you get an oversized marble or ball from a cheap kid's game and put it in your laundry basket. Mine go crazy trying to catch the marble. Also, I was looking for a rubber snake at Walmart, but found this neat little squishy dinosaur and i tied it to a string attached to the bar on my mini tramp 9 (ie any tall place) and I'll swing it for my cats and my black and white will play with it on her own. keeps her busy lol


















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12/2/12 7:40 A

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Yeah. Looking back, it DID go better when I moved them first!

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12/1/12 8:16 P

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Thanks Jen!

My Lucy is too smart! I have tried top-loading, side-loading, the cage standing up....She fights me all the way! The best one is wrapping here in a towel/blanket and putting her in the cage that way. I pull the towel/blanket out as she goes in. I am looking forward to getting the diffuser since that will be something new.

And for my cats now, she did worse when all the stuff was out of the apartment and then I tried to move them. If I move them before anything is moved, they "don't see it coming" and it is easier. This time I am going to rent a car, drive them there first with my breakables, put them in the new apartment, let them walk around and spend the night there. Then, the next day, put them in the bathroom while the stuff is put in my apartment.

The joys! emoticon emoticon

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12/1/12 2:21 P

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Another thing I thought of yesterday: If she doesn't do well in the front-load carriers, might she do better in one where you put her in from the top?

I used to move my cats last, because I always felt that 1. With all the commotion, i was afraid they'd get out and 2. if I move the stuff first, the familiar smells would be in the new place. If I DID move them first (I did a couple of times, I put them in a room with their food, water, beds, and boxes, and I didn't let them out or arrange the room until we were all moved in and everyone else was gone.

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12/1/12 6:08 A

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Chelsea, there are homeopathic remedies that you can try also. Bach Rescue Remedy Drops is one the the more popular choices and is often recommended by vets. It's liquid form so a bit easier to administer also. You may want to give it a try for Lucy. You would need to start giving it to her about a week before you move, but could offer her some of the relief from stress of traveling. Between the drops and using the Feliway diffusers, you could see a difference in her.

Hope that helps.

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12/1/12 12:54 A

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I thought about the "happy" pills but first I would have to get her to the vet and it is just too scary. Where I used to live, the vet came to the apartment. I will try the diffuser and see how that works. If that doesn't work, I will see if I can find an affordable vet who can come here to my apartment.

What I am thinking of doing is renting a car and driving them first, the day before the move, in the car, to our new home. That way she can be out of the cage and walk around. I did it before and she did better and didn't get in my way while I drove. Then drive back to the apartment, turn in the rental car, and drive the moving truck to my new place. The drive is 4-5 hours each way. It will be a very long weekend but I want her to be happy. On my last move, it took her a week to recuperate and I thought she was gong to die. It was awful.

Thanks for your kind words for Lucy and concern for me. It is greatly appreciated. emoticon

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11/30/12 9:43 A

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Poor Lucy! The other option I had when I moved was that the vet gave me some "happy" pills for my cat. He is an extremely anxious cat. Maybe that would be an option if the diffuser doesn't help.

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11/29/12 9:09 P

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It does make sense. The vet who sold it to me told me she wasn't sure it would work either. Thanks! emoticon
Oh, and Amme, I tried covering the cage with a towel. She got worse! I don't know who had her first but she can't take cages or cars. I will see if I can buy a diffuser and have it around the cage and maybe the cage will absorb the stuff. Plus, if it works, I will have it on for them the night before we get in the car to move. I am moving Mar. 30th to another apartment.
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11/29/12 9:23 A

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I have my doubts about the efficacy of the spray. I really think it's the kind of thing that needs time to permeate the area. Maybe instead what you could try is putting the carrier out and spraying the spray inside and leaving it for a couple of hours.

I really think the diffusers work better.

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11/28/12 7:08 P

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Good luck! My cat does the same thing with his carrier. I started covering it with a towel once he is in it and it settles him down a bit- at least he stops thrashing and banging his head against the carrier.

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11/28/12 5:45 P

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I bought a spray called Feliway once and it didn't work for my female to get into her cage without fighting like crazy. She has severe panic attacks in cages where she foams at the mouth and shakes. It is terrible. I don't know if the spray had an expiration date and that's why it didn't work. Maybe another form of pheromones might work better for Baby. I am having my friend who has the Essential Oils catalog to check it out for me. The Essential Oils are for humans but she said they may have something for cats/pets. emoticon
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11/28/12 1:47 P

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I agree with Jen M. They are like cat pherimones. The brand we use is named Feliway. You can get them on Amazon and at petstores like Pet Smart. Anne.

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They are NOT essential oil diffusers! They are made from something that mimics feline pheremones. It's said to calm them, and it does work. It has no smell at all--to us.

Essential oils can be harmful to pets, so be careful when using those!

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Thanks Pam for relating. I call my male cat the "Demon cat with fangs" at night. He turns into this amazing ornery thing, like yours. That's how I can tell he is all better! emoticon emoticon
Amme, my friend bought me a diffuser if it is like those that use those essential oils? Is that what you and Bittercat have referred to? My friend bought it on Amazon and sent me two essential oils. If it is the essential oils, which one does your mom use? Thanks!

Bittercat, what you say makes sense to me. Where I used to live, I had a screened porch and Baby could go there and chase bugs, play, whatever. This apartment is a lot smaller and no porch. I will be moving back to where I used to live and I hope that that will help.
Thanks everyone for your comments. emoticon

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We have this in our house, too. Fujiko, my absolutely BEAUTIFUL, long-haired, gray cat, goes absolutely nuts, particularly on one of my elderly cats, Lucretia. She terrorizes Lucretia every chance she gets. When we can afford it, I use Feliway diffusers, but the refills are so expensive. It DOES seem to help a bit.

Fuji is a bit mental, anyway. You can only pet her for so long before she gets mad. You can't really pick her up or hold her for long, or she gets mad. You just have to be really careful around her.

It may just be pent up energy. Indoor cats, I think, have more challenges with working off energy than outdoor cats do. Do you have lots of toys and climbing areas to keep them occupoied?

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My mom uses the feliway diffuser for this reason. At night one of their male cats goes psycho on the other two. It calms the cats apparently. She can tell when it runs out because the terrorizing starts up again. The diffusers are a bit pricy but there are coupons. Good luck. Anne.

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I have six cats, and one of them, Jade, the beautiful and sweetest looking little girl in the world, turns into a 'she-devil' quite often. I have a two inch scar on my arm where I tried to pull her off "Freedom" when she had latched onto her. She mistakenly latched onto my arm when she went after Freedom again. Two of my girls, Freedom and Chloe, have their very own room because of the little 'she-devil.' I don't know what to tell you, maybe a 'full moon,' but it doesn't have to be night for Jade to go on one of her rampages. I've had all of my cats, except Cricket, since they were kittens, so they should all be used to each other by now. Maybe someone will come up with some ideas or suggestions.

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Hi everyone!

As many of you know, I have two cats: Lucy and Baby (male). During the day they sleep together, snuggling and even bathe each other. Then, at night, he attacks her and just becomes really ornery, sometimes becoming really mean. If I try to stop it, he tries to bite me. I don't get it at all. They are both fixed and have been together from the time he was 10 months old and she, 1 year old, both from the SPCA. They were both born in 2007, she in January and he in March.

Any ideas? Thanks!

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