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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-05-2007, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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We were unfortunately, victims of the tornadoes that hit SE Michigan 2 weeks ago. We had a 100+ year old sugar maple land on the house. We weren't home, Jazz and Misha were home by themselves. Ever since that happened, both cats make a mad scramble for safety whenever there is the slightest noise in the house or outside, or if someone comes in the house other than us.

We're doing everything we can to try and nurture them but they still seem very traumatized by the whole ordeal. I guess my question is will they eventually get over this, or is this a behavior we're going to have to get used to? We've always had cats and I've had experience with behavioral issues, but never to this extent. I guess I don't know what else to do short of taking them to the vet to get them medicated to try and relieve their stress, if only for a short period of time. Any suggestions?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-05-2007, 12:39 PM
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Oh, that's awful Terri. Poor kitties, I understand why they're traumatized.

You might try some Feliway diffusers. They are intended to help keep kitties relaxed. I use them when introducing a new cat, construction, or when I had a case if misdirected aggression a couple years ago. It's not a miracle cure, but I certainly noticed a difference. I think the only true cure will be time, but the Feliway may ease the situation a bit.

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Oh, the poor little ones must have been so scared!! I am glad that everyone is ok, other than some jumping nerves (which is totally normal).

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You could also try Bach Flower Essences - Rescue Remedy is good for shock and stress, and Star of Bethlehem is good for traumas and fears.
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