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Cat Illness & Health Disorders / Please help - my cat is self-harming
« Last post by MessaCats on September 21, 2023, 00:19:20 AM »
Hi everyone,
we are a family of 6 humans of different ages and 3 cats. All our cats have been rescued.
The first cat, Misty, 16 y/o, 3 years ago decided to take a long vacation away from us as she thought there were too many proletarian felines in the household and, as she considered herself Royalty (who knows why), she decided to temporarily leave our house and get spoiled by all our neighbours. We miss her dearly, but she doesn't, apparently.
The two other cats are Stella and Sophie. Both females, both 8y/o, have very different temperaments. Stella doesn't have a worry in the world and adores my GrandDaughter (7 years and 10 months). Stella has assumed that she is my GD's babysitter and her guardian angel. Her total devotion is recompensed by my GD's adoration towards her.

Sophie is our serious, clinical case. We adopted her when she was 3 months old, from a family who kept her locked in a room, alone, without anyone getting close to her as, apparently, they were afraid of her.
She is the most harmless cat that anyone can imagine and she is small in size.
She is a very anxious cat and she has periods when she is "sort-of-quiet" and others when she self-harms. After years of trying every spray, tablet, ambience diffuser on the market, I resorted to keeping her sleeping pillow next to me on my bed, next to my head and pillow, to help her relax. From time she used to wear the calming. For over a year, the experiment worked perfectly but now she is again slicing herself open. As she back wearing the calming vest (to stop her from scratching on her shoulder blades/back), she manages to self-harm inside her ear, under her throat and wherever she can reach with her paws.
Our Vet (better say Vets as we tried more than one), have no clue on how to stop her from injuring herself. She is a quiet cat, always with me and she is very happy when she is with me. I work from home so she stays with me most of the time, although sometimes I have to go out for shopping or errands.
Sophie doesn't want to have anything to do with Stella. Or, previously, with Misty. When Stella gets closer to her or tries any friendly approach, Sophie hisses and tries to attack her.

I am extremely worried. In fact, I am scared, that she could cause herself too many injuries and die of a related infection's illness.
Is there anyone who went through the same terrible experience and found a miraculous way out?
Extremely grateful for your help and advice.
Thank you for reading my long message.
MessaCats

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Welcome to Newbies :) / Hello!!
« Last post by MessaCats on September 21, 2023, 00:05:49 AM »
Thank you for accepting us and our cats.
Our family is made up of 6 humans of different ages and 3 rescued cats: Misty, 16 y/o - Stella and Sophie both 8 y/o.
I wish you a lovely time and a happy life with your feline friends.
MessaCats
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Health & Behaviour General / Re: Kidney food help
« Last post by Lyn (Slugsta) on September 17, 2023, 21:14:15 PM »
It's so hard when our beloved cats don't understand that this food is what's best for them!  :( It's no use saying that Susan will eat it if she is hungry, because cats haven't read that memo. I agree with Desley that it is better for Susan to eat something, even if it does shorten the time you have with her - quality of life is more important than quantity, IMHO  :hug:
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Health & Behaviour General / Re: Kidney food help
« Last post by Kate S on September 17, 2023, 13:24:14 PM »
I agree. Susan will eat a few of the dry renal and I'm mixing it with senior biscuits. I'm amazed that so many of the specialist diet foods are unpalatable.  I just feel guilty in case she gets unwell again, but it is better that she eats food that she wants
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Health & Behaviour General / Re: Kidney food help
« Last post by Desley (booktigger) on September 17, 2023, 09:31:44 AM »
Lucy has stopped eating renal wet food, but is fine with renal dry food, so she has that for tea, her wet food is a mix of senior and adult, and her numbers are fairly stable. Honestly, I would just feed her what she is happy to eat, yes, renal food is better, but I'd rather them have less time and be happy than make them unhappy forcing food they don't like on them to buy them extra time.
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Health & Behaviour General / Kidney food help
« Last post by Kate S on September 17, 2023, 06:50:09 AM »
I have tried every type of kidney food fromm Zooplus but Susan will not eat it. She even runs and hides if offered it! The vet says she must eat this  or add the binding agent onto her food. Needless to say I have tried powder and liquid. She is not a lap cat and hates being picked up so I can't administer through her mouth. I've been giving her senior food and look for low protein content .Susan was not well yesterday and the vet gave her an anti nausea jab and I have Olimaprazole for possible inflamed intestine. A new blood test is due on Wednesday. I feel guilty every time I go to the vet as I can't get her to eat the special food. I have a cupboard of the stuff! Any suggestions?
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Welcome to Newbies :) / Re: Hello!
« Last post by Amerififer on September 13, 2023, 16:22:54 PM »
:welcome: sorry it's taken so long to say hello :)   I don't pop on here as oftan as I should.

Nice to see some new members from CatChat.

Not nearly as busy here as over in catchat.. but folks are nice.. welcome :)
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Health & Behaviour General / Re: CBD oil
« Last post by Sam (Fussy_Furball) on September 13, 2023, 15:29:36 PM »
How is Susan doing?  Did you try the CBD oil?
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Welcome to Newbies :) / Re: Hello
« Last post by Sam (Fussy_Furball) on September 13, 2023, 15:28:21 PM »
 :welcome: :welcome: :welcome: :welcome: sorry I haven't said hello before now :)
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Welcome to Newbies :) / Re: Hello!
« Last post by Sam (Fussy_Furball) on September 13, 2023, 15:27:15 PM »
 :welcome: sorry it's taken so long to say hello :)   I don't pop on here as oftan as I should.

Nice to see some new members from CatChat.
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