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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-16-2005, 01:04 AM Thread Starter
 
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tiny declawed arthritic rescued cat (14yrs old!) is a terror

hi
i rescued an elderly itty bitty thing about a month or so ago, a spayed declawed calico

she did not like any of my cats at first, but she truly hated my timid little girl whom i had not had very long

she would attack her for no reason, while she was sleeping! it was so bad, i had to return that girl to the shelter (they understood- and BTW its a no kill shelter and their rules are, if you cant keep the cat, return it to us)

i really hated to see her go, i had done a lot of work with her and she was really coming out of her shell


is there ANY way to *force* a cat to get along without fighting or attacking another cat?

the calico girl, the grumpy one, is on meds for her arthritis, and she seems to be less stiff and sore

i tried feliway, both the diffuser and the spray- and i saw no difference at all

the vet said they often use drugs like elavil, but this old girl already has kidney issues so he recommended against it

my timid girl is still at the shelter waiting to be adopted (only been there a little over a week, but it seems like forever to me, i hate to see her in a cage!!)

does anyone have any suggestions?
due to the setup of my apt, it is not possible to seperate them in different rooms

i love all of my kitties, even this little terror, she is a total lap cat and seems to adore me *blush*
in fact, she wants me all to herself!
she sprays or urinates outside the box any time she gets mad or jealous

any ideas at all would be welcome-

thanks
al
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-16-2005, 05:46 AM
 
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I always suggest this trick that I learned from this forum...Put vanilla oil on both cats, this way they smell the same, they identify through smell. You are also going to have to give it some time...Just be a little patient and worse comes to worse couldn't you seperate them if need be in a bathroom?

Try the oil and put it on each of them before they sniff one another etc. Also I would suggest giving them seperate litter boxes meaning one for each and in different areas of the house, also do the same with their food, for now...This may ease the process, obviously they will not completely keep this seperate but it wouldn't hurt to try
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-16-2005, 12:13 PM
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Another thing you could try is the Bully Remedy essence on the spirit essence site. I've tried the other essences and I really was happy with the results.

http://www.spiritessence.com/?action...g&category=fec
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-16-2005, 12:46 PM
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i don't know if i can suggest anything, seems that the new cat really wants you all for herself. I think getting rid of the other cat which was getting attacked was too rushed, but on the other hand, i guess you kept the one you loved most, this new girl. I dont' know, reading your story made me sad
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