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Update on the Leila situation

I just got back from the vet's. I'd been there last week to get the Feliway that had been recommended to me, but so far, it hasn't worked; and Leila remains a fearful little pussycat.
The vet agreed with me that she looked terrible - she's lost a lot of weight and her fur is dull, matted and looks like it's developed a bad case of dandruff, so all in all, it's not good.

The vet gave her a vitamin shot and advised that before we bring out the big guns (haemo and some sort of drug that messes with the brain), I take her to my Mum's and leave her there for a week or two, to see if she comes round where there's no distractions (i.e. Manasse). If she does, then we can be certain that the problem is psychological rather than physical; and then if re-introducing her here causes renewed problems, I'll have to think of another solution -- but which of my cats to give up? I love them both...Let's hope I won't have to make that choice.

I phoned my Mum; luckily, she's willing to have Leila over for a couple of weeks.

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vegmb
May. 17th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
Perhaps a vacation is exactly what she needs. It seemed to do wonders for you.
gamiila
May. 17th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC)
Just hope she'll want to come back to me after a while...
vegmb
May. 17th, 2005 07:07 pm (UTC)
I'm sure she'll remember who her mum is, but it is always nice to visit grandma.
gamiila
May. 17th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC)
True. I don't know why I'm so reluctant to let her go now -- she's stayed with my Mum before and as always been happy to come back home with me at the end of it.
vegmb
May. 17th, 2005 07:18 pm (UTC)
Because she's your baby and you want to be the one to watch over her and help make everything better. It is a perfectly natural mother's reaction.
gamiila
May. 17th, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC)
That's true as well...Yesterday, my heart swelled with pride when Leila, having been chased from her hidey-hole, made a beeline straight for me, jumped up in my lap, and stared down at her tormentor with something of a 'you can't touch me now'-glint in her eye.

She slept in my bed again last night. When I woke up, she was still in the same position with her body flush against me and her little head on my shoulder -- so cute. She hasn't slept like that since she was a kitten.
phendog
May. 17th, 2005 06:58 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I hope it works...

Best wishes to your little friend.
gamiila
May. 17th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks; though I do hope Leila won't get too comfortable at my Mum's...
calove
May. 17th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear. Poor Leila. But you're doing the best you can for her, and maybe a holiday and time to breath is exactly what she needs. Fingers crossed for you both, hon.
gamiila
May. 17th, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's all gonna be for the best, eh? At least at my Mum's, she'll be able to get some meat back on her. My Mum's great with cats.
calove
May. 17th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
Well, that'll be good. She can get fit again and come back and knock Manesse back into his place.

I'm sure you'll miss her, though. You'll just have to go visit lots.
bogwitch
May. 17th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear the Felliway didn't work. Hopefully the break is what she needs. Daft cat.
gamiila
May. 17th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC)
Daft cat.

You can say that again...
bogwitch
May. 17th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC)
Daft cat.


:D
gamiila
May. 17th, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
I knew you wouldn't bve able to resist that one!

The Feliway may still work miracles...it's only been plugged in since Friday, and the vet said to give it time. I've arranged for Leila to go visit nanna on Saturday, so who knows, she may not even need to go by then ::fingers crossed::
bogwitch
May. 17th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
My mum said it took a couple of weeks to work on hers.

If you send Leila away, could that cause problems re-introducing them? If she's separated, she could feel even more excluded.
gamiila
May. 17th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
If you send Leila away, could that cause problems re-introducing them? If she's separated, she could feel even more excluded.

I'll admit, that is a worry. But I can't let her stay here and lose her health even more than she already has. She's down to 3.6 kilos now; fora full-grown 4-year old cat, that's a dangerously low body weight.
bogwitch
May. 17th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
Her health is the priority, I suppose.

My mum just called with another remedy, a herbal thing. I think this is what she meant:

http://www.holistic.ie/essays/cats.htm
gamiila
May. 18th, 2005 06:21 am (UTC)
Hmmm...so I should try a mixture of larch, mimulus, rock rose and star of Bethlehem, I suppose. I'll see what I can find. Thank your mum for me, will you?
bogwitch
May. 18th, 2005 07:44 am (UTC)
I will. My mum likes investigating those sorts of problems!
curiouswombat
May. 17th, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC)
Poor, poor pussy cat. I have no sensible suggestions - our cats, whenever we've had more than one, just seem to rub along together.
gamiila
May. 17th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
Mine did too, until Manasse came back a eunuch.

The vet said she'd only come across one other case like it in all her years in practise. The taking a break from each other-idea seemed to help then, so...it's worth a try, isn't it?
curiouswombat
May. 17th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
it's worth a try, isn't it?

I do hope so.
desdemonaspace
May. 18th, 2005 04:32 am (UTC)
I will say a prayer and send good energy! *smooches you and kitties*
gamiila
May. 18th, 2005 06:22 am (UTC)
How's Amber?
desdemonaspace
May. 18th, 2005 10:44 am (UTC)
Loud and (usually) annoying. She got shut into the bedroom with me and actually let me sleep for once until it was time to get up and open the door to let her out. Clever girl.
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