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It's been 3 weeks since I took Manasse to the vet's to be neutered. My other cats were fine, until I brought him home. They gave him a wide berth while he was still too weak to move, but as soon as he groggily regained his legs, they went for him. I told them off, and Clio soon went back to minding her own business. Leila, on the other hand, kept hissing and attacking, so I locked her in the spare room for the night, hoping she'd calm down. The next morning, she lost a fight with Manasse and for the next two days, hid under the sofa. Then she moved to the top of one of the kitchen cabinets. That's where I left her when I went over to the UK. And that's where she still was when I came home earlier this week.

According to the person that looked after them while I was away, Leila never came down for her food or drink, but stayed perched on high hissing at her. She must have had something to eat and more importantly, drink though, or she wouldn't be alive today...but she is just skin and bones at the moment. She used to be such a chubby little thing, too...

I took her down night before last, noticed the top of the kitchen cabinet needed a good scrubbing, and held her shaking, shivering body close to me. After about two hours, she relaxed enough to start purring. I sat with her in my arms for five hours straight. She never moved, except to duck when Manasse came bounding up to whack her one. I put her on top of the linen cupboard and went to bed. The next morning, she was still there -- and stayed there all day.

So last night, I took her down again. Same thing happened. She won't eat or drink unless I handfeed her, and she'll sit motionless in the safety of my arms. Her eyes are big and round and ever watchful, and she shivers every so often -- but she does pur. I took her to bed with me; she huddled under the covers, as close to me as she could. I woke up in the night, she hadn't moved. I woke up this morning, she still hadn't moved.

I put her in the litterbox, she did her business then refused to come out. I took the top off, took her out, put her back on top of the linen cupboard, and came to work.

If there's anyone out there who has any advice to offer, about dealing with a traumatised cat, please help. I'm at my wits end.



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May. 6th, 2005 10:17 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry, dear -- for you and the poor moggie. I recommend you cross-post this in [info]cathealth. They're very knowledgeable about all these things.

To answer your original question -- it sounds as though you are doing everything you can, but I'm sure [info]cathealth will have more ideas for you. (You may need to join in order to post. I used to belong, but I defriended them because all the declawing horror stories upset me.)
May. 6th, 2005 01:11 pm (UTC)
Took your advice and posted in cathealth. They suggested she might be suffering from misplaced aggression, to talk to the vet and to try a behaviour modification pheromone spray. Worth a shot, I suppose...
May. 7th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC)
Looks like you've got your answer to this before I could get to you, but I had a talk with my mum about Leila last night and she suggested that Felliway too. She also said to try getting a cloth and wiping in on one of them around the head (to pick up their scent) and to then wipe it over the other cats and so on so that their scents are all mixed up.
May. 7th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
She also said to try getting a cloth and wiping in on one of them around the head (to pick up their scent) and to then wipe it over the other cats and so on so that their scents are all mixed up.

The old towel trick. I tried that first thing, 3 weeks ago. It didn't work. :-(
May. 7th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
May. 7th, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC)
But thank your mum for her suggestions! I'm certainly interested in giving that pheromone spray a try, though I haven't a clue how it works (or not)...
May. 7th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
My mum's is a diffisuer that plugs into the wall.
May. 7th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
Heard about those. Apparently, they're a great help in making your moggie not want to pee in inappropriate places.
May. 7th, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah. One of my mum's cats, Holly, was doing that because other cats outside the house were bullying her. The pheromone calms them down.
May. 7th, 2005 06:25 pm (UTC)
The pheromone calms them down.

Definitely worth a try on Leila, then.
May. 7th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
That's a group of knowledgeable cat-lovers there. Please let me know how it goes.
May. 6th, 2005 11:14 am (UTC)
oh I feel so bad, poor thing. But I have no advice to offer. The above person's advice on going to a dedicated cat lj, seems the best....
May. 6th, 2005 01:14 pm (UTC)
poor thing

Poor thing, indeed. It's just so out of character for her to be acting this way -- she's Leila, my No. 1 Cat! She's always been a very happy, confident kitty...now she's utterly miserable, and I feel for her. :-(
May. 6th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)
Poor baby. I have not advice, but definitely feel for her. I was so hoping it was a case of "my boy is a little off and I need time to adjust to it", but apparently it's not. :(

I do think talking to the vet is the best course of action.
May. 6th, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely taking her to Monday night surgery...though I haven't yet given up hope she'll snap out of it this weekend!
May. 6th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
hope the vet can help ... sounds like a plan

aww poor baby.
May. 6th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
Poor kitty -- she's hiding under the sofa again. I took her down and she was okay with that; then I went to the loo and now she won't come out.

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