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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-01-08 08:42 PM
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My cat whines all night -- the vet is treating him for anxiety
We did blood work -- thyroid, kidney function, etc. -- and found nada. The vet thinks his whining and inappropriate peeing is just anxiety so she prescribed elavil.

My sister swears by "Pill Pockets," a treat with a pouch for hiding a pill, for getting the pill into him. This cat is certifiably stupid -- but I bet he'll figure out how to separate the pill from the treat and spit out the pill.

Wish me good luck tonight!
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-01-08 11:00 PM
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1. You and your kitty might both like Bach's Flower Essences - less expensive and
fewer side effects than anti-anxiety meds from the vet.

I've used Rescue Remedy to calm (not sedate!) my cats and dogs. I've used Rescue Remedy on myself and my friends, too. :D

Bach's Flower Essences for Pets

One of my favorite stories: Rescue Remedy saves Charlie the coyote's nerves...

Thank You & FYI

Back when I Twittered about Rescue Remedy, I received a handful of emails from people mentioning that it worked well on their animals. (Thank you!) The last few days I have had some rock work done on my new place, just a few feet up at the base of the structure to protect the wood (which I have sealed but didnt want to side) from heavy snows and moisture. Again, I lucked out and was able to recycle leftover material from one of the contractors previous jobs.

However, this was a huge stress on Charlie. Strange people about, loud sudden noises from fitting rock and mixing mortar, and I had to keep him inside for long stretches during the day while the part of the building that is within his fenced area was being worked. By day two, the poor coyote was at the end of his rope. I managed to get him to lap up some heavy cream that I dosed with Rescue Remedy. Within minutes, he calmed visibly, stopped pacing, and curled up with Chloe on his dog bed for much of the day. He remained very alert but not panicked, and took a long nap inside amidst the din of construction.

Now the work in his area is done and the job itself will be completed by the end of the day, and I believe that once he has the place to himself and the farmily again, the calming effects of the Rescue Remedy will help Charlie let go of the stress that has built up in his system. So FYI to pet owners ~ its something to keep in mind before vet visits, on New Years and the 4th, or during other unnerving situations your animals might be in.

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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-03-08 09:57 PM
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2. I agree 100% with the Rescue Remedy.
I have used it on my dogs, my cats and myself. Excellent stuff.

You can also check into Mimulus, by the same company.
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alstephenson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-04-08 12:51 PM
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3. Feliway is also a great product.
Comes in a spray or a diffuser and is available at most larger pet stores (I get mine on ebay where it's a little cheaper). Good luck.
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