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Member since 21 Feb 2009
Member from Palmerston North
Jemmasue is my five year oldcat, and she has been acting hyper since I moved. I did live in a large house with a big backyard, but unfortunately due to circumstances beyond my control I had to downsize and I now live in a two bedroom flat with not much backyard.
I have been here now for three weeks and she is still acting hyper. She refuses to go outside during the day and sleeps instead. At night she becomes hyper and I can hear her running around like all cats do.
Is there a way I can train her (if possible) to be awake during the day and even go outside for about five minutes? Jemmasue I know might be suffering anxiety, but without paying an expensive trip to the vet, is there an organic or a home remedy to calm her down (and maybe the owner) - both day and night. I leave a window slightly open so she can get out during the night and I know she does use the litter box.
Member since 20 Feb 2008
Member from Waikino
I had a dog who couldn't cope with thunderstorms and a vet told me to use rescue remedy externally on the back of her neck. It seemed to make some difference.
Member since 17 Oct 2009
Member from Greytown
Did you finally manage to settle your cat? There is a product called Felliway that I had to purchase for mine when he had a mental breakdown last year. Breakdowns are common when an animal is put into a situation that is beyond its control. Mine got locked in someone's shed or garage for 24 hours and I couldn't get him to come inside his own house without a panic attack and he wouldn't eat properly.
If your cat is still a bit strange then go to a vet and ask them about it. You don't need to take puss with you as a description of its behaviour will be enough for them to know its problem.
I used it for a couple of months after which time he was fine. Felliway is plugged into an electrical socket.
There is also a doggy version of it apparently.
Member since 03 Mar 2012
Member from Geraldine
Re hyper cat - I have also heard of Rescue Remedy being used on cats and dogs. Suggest you go to your nearest health store or naturopath and ask their opinion - i wouldn't take the cat with you, just go and ask them. All natural ingredients in the Bach Flower Remedies and I can vouch for Rescue Remedy as I have used it myself in the past. Good luck.
Jemmasue has since calmed down and realising she is the number one cat at home (and the only one), she has since become smoochy and will not leave me alone. I have also trained her to come in at night and I won't let her leave till the morning. She has a dirt box in the bathroom.
But what surprises me is she is not going to the toilet during the night and waits till the morning. Well, after her taking most of the bed down the end (I sleep on a kapok mattress) she sleeps there all night (snores to), and has finally realised Mother is not going to get up at 2.30 in the morning to let her out till she is ready. Although she is hyperactive around five in the morning and she wants me to get up.
As I said, there is a litter box in the bathroom and in the beginning she used it, but now waits. Her hyperactivity has turned into smoochiness and trying to train her Mother to get up on her rules.
Oh well, I love her anyway!
How lovely it all is:
You've both arranged the schedule that you can work to and your Jemmasue has realised where she fits in - not that she would have ever wanted to do otherwise. As it became your decision to shift home not hers she changed to accommodate her new reality and adjusted her ways. Our pets are amazing when you think about it.
Long live the relationships between humans and cats. Actually, she has likely trained YOU very well while she adjusted to her new circumstances.
I posted a short time ago in this forum, having taken on a wild kitten and gone through months of taming and domestication. I now know what is expected of ME not Kiddy. He is gorgeous by the way. It is love of animals that make humans the softies, there to spend our lifetimes caring for these beloved personalities.
Good luck in the future - thank you for sharing your experiences.
,,, and may your cat reign supreme!!
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