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Attack Cat ... Sigh, etc

August 20th, 2016 at 09:39 am

My little girl (cat) seems to be on the mend from her bladder issues.. Unfortunately, it hasn't helped her behavior with the other cats. At all. On more than one occasion I have seen her go from one side of a room to across the room and into the hallway to pounce and growl at another cat.

I've also witnessed her swatting at the other cats while they are using a litterbox.

I'm not really sure what to do.

I'm worried that the other cats patience with her is going to run out and they'll gang up on her. Or .. that they'll stop feeling safe using the litterboxes because they are worried she's going to walk by and attack them.

I think a lot of it is her being territorial about me. But I've heard her go on the attack when she's on the other side of the house from me.

I wonder how much it would cost to get a cat behaviorist to come and help us get this figured out? The vet tech said something about giving her her own litterbox and water bowl ... but how would that work?

I have one litterbox per cat plus one, plus water dishes throughout the house. I have no idea how I could make an area accessible to her, but off limits to the others.

Sigh.

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This morning I did something I haven't done in YEARS. I walked / jogged 3.2 miles! It took me about 52 minutes ... Considering that for the past six months or so, about the furthest I've *walked* at one time is 1.75 miles, I'd say not bad. Smile

Maybe I'll try training for the Turkey Trot. Smile Haven't done an actual race in quite a few years.

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Tomorrow I'm working the BR Welcome (local university welcoming their students back.) It'll be at least 3 hours of overtime. I'm hoping it won't be too hot or humid.

I'm also going to be picking up a piano bench for $20 from someone on a local FB group. I'm hoping that having a bench will make me more likely to actually use my electronic keyboard. Smile

I'm also planning on picking up some more veggies from a local FT store (place that sells lots of veggies/fruits/natural foods.) Possibly get them chopped up and roasted before heading out for the BRW event.

I wonder if frozen pre-chopped veggies would roast very well???

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I dropped off DHs scrip for a glucose meter last night at 5:15 and told them I'd wait for it. My name finally got called at 6:10. Ugh. Double ugh.

*DH helpfully told me this morning that I should have just dropped it off to pick up today. Um, sure. But then I would have had to go BACK a second time - though I guess I could go through the drive through and not be tempted to buy stuff inside....

I was also picking up refills of my scrips. My overall total was $79, but then after coupons, ECBs (CVS), etc. it was down to $45. (Of which, ~$38 was scrips.) Besides other things, I picked up knee highs, Gold Bond foot powder, Glade plug in scent warmer/refills, and a thing of hand soap.

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While at CVS, I picked up a pamphlet talking about a Weight Loss Program offered by the Minute Clinic. You have someone talk with you about your goals/lifestyle etc. and help you develop a plan. You also get enrolled in a DASH website (based on that diet.) You check in with someone there on a regular basis to collect vitals, etc.

It would make it so you are accountable to someone else, but on your schedule.

I'm wondering if this might not be something worthwhile - especially if insurance would cover most of it. I'm wondering if insurance would cover any of it ... Maybe DH would be willing to do the program with me?

Anyone hear of this program?

6 Responses to “Attack Cat ... Sigh, etc”

  1. snafu Says:

    Perhaps all the changes are hard for Kari to adjust to... new home, new animals, etc. it takes time...

    I hope this doesn't sound too weird but I make an appointment with myself to do a daily or every other day task like practice piano for one hour at a set time like going to music class . Actually note it on your electronic calendar. As a teen my dad set terms and condition for my taking/his paying piano lessons. 6 weeks before a recital or school music event I had to agree to get up one hour early to practice.

  2. scottish girl Says:

    I like snafu's idea of making an appointment with yourself. It's something I should do too.

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Good for you with the walk/jog! It's important to incorporate some exercise into your week (I exercise 1-2 times per week, this week twice, plus dog walking). Hopefully you can get some online tips for Kari's behaviour before paying for a cat behaviorist.

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    I don't think cats really run out of patience or gang up; I would imagine they've accepted her behavior if they haven't retaliated by now. I suppose you do need to worry if it escalates and they're afraid to use litter boxes.

    Is it always the same litterbox she attacks them at? If it's a particular one, maybe they'll gradually learn to use the other ones and leave "hers" alone.

  5. kashi Says:

    Cat intimidation is a very real thing. My two cats used to chase the cat that I left with my ex, including chasing her out of the litterboxes (we had several). She eventually started using the carpeting instead. The vet suggested using the pheromone plug-ins as a calming technique, but all of my cats thought those were an invitation to urinate right beneath them. (Maybe my cats are weird!) Now that we've moved out and the flooring was replaced, she's back to using the litterbox.

    I've roasted frozen broccoli with good results.

    Good job running! I need to start again too!

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Snafu/SG - I like that idea too. About selling the keyboard ... I don't think my mom would be too happy if I did that. Smile It was hers at one point.

    VS - I'm hoping to find some tips online as well. I'm actually doing a 30 minute walk about 5 days a week for the past couple months. Today was the second time I did a walk/jog, but definitely was the furthest!

    Ceejay - Smile You probably are right, that they've just accepted her behavior. I'm not sure if it's always the same litterbox or not. I've only seen it happen once so far, but I'm guessing if it's happened once ...

    Kashi - Maybe I need to try that calming collar on her again ... not sure it did any good or not, but I just hate seeing her stressing the other cats out - and when she gets done, she's huffing like she's all stressed out as well.

    Hmm - I'm going to have to try that next time. (frozen veggies roasted) Tonight I bought nearly $40 worth of fruits and veggies. I'm hoping that I can freeze cut up brussel sprouts for later use ... bought a big bag of them. Smile

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