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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-13-2007, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Emanon's staging a coup...

Wouldn't you just know that there had to be a downside to Emanon feeling better? Well, it seems that now that his painful earache is taken care of, the shoe is on the other foot and it's Snow who's not feeling well. Emanon has decided this is the opportunity that he's been waiting for over a decade for and has taken to giving Snow the smackdown every chance he gets. Now, these cats have never gotten along. In fact, Snow crushed Emanon's ear about seven years ago and it's been a crumpled bit of broken cartilage ever since. Snow won the battle for dominant cat way back then but Emanon's never stopped resenting it. But the last two or three years the fighting has pretty much mellowed to a ten second slap 'n' hiss once a week but now it's like younger years are back again. Last week Emanon and Snow got into it and Snow actually left a piece of his (shedding) claw in Emanon's leg. Last night Emanon decided to challenge Snow on who gets to sleep on the back of the couch. I actually had to step in and separate them and it's been a long time since it's been that bad. We live in a very small house so it's just about impossible to keep them apart-any suggestions? I just hope it isn't going to get real nasty again.


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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-16-2007, 08:42 AM
 
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I'm never one to jump to medications, but have you ever considered having the boys on prozac or some other type of behavioral medication? I used to work at an animal hospital that had 20+ housecats that lived at the facility and had run of the place, and over half of them were male. Naturally, we had a couple of troublemakers that never seemed to get along. When we tried them on fluconazole (prozac) it didn't eliminate the fighting completely, but it seemed to mellow them out and center them a little bit. We quickly noticed that the fights decreased because the cats simply weren't as anxious around each other when it came to losing their dominant position. They seemed happier and more comfortable all around.

Of course as with people, medications may not work with every cat but if it'll prevent injury, it might be worth a shot.

Good luck!
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