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Does your Cat (or any pet) misbehave since caregiving your loved one?
Have you been required to take care of your loved one's pet after they have passed? Does your pet have cute antics that entertain your loved one?
And finally, has the cat or dog transferred their loyalty to your Mother?

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Thanks for mentioning the Rescue remedy Gershun and Send.Sounds good~
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Ah, I used to use Bach's Rescue Remedy for panic attacks.
It must be great for cats too!
Sprouts Market sells them. Also, Whole Foods. Any place where herbs, supplements are sold may have them.

I wonder if it is the same formula for pets as people?
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Gershun have you tried the natures miracle no scratch spray? Can’t say it works as I haven’t used it. I’m convinced feliway is just a gimmick. I tried the diffusers for behavior issues and it didn’t work with my cats-my daughters cat kept going after my cat and I thought it was why my car was peeing on the carpets. It didn’t work, the cats still acted the same way. My mom tried it because she got a kitten and her other cat has never gotten used to her and attacks her every chance she gets. The feliway did absolutely nothing, despite its claims to calm cats!
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We spray felliway on our couches to deter the cats from scratching them. Not convinced it's working but the rescue remedy works and you only need a tad.
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My husband and I were always Dog people and never had any cats,so we think cats act strange and weird.All this is new to us~
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Thank you so much Gershun and lizzywho,
I appreciate the good ideas from you.I had read on Cats International website on Redirecting Cat Aggression about Pheromones and that was one of the suggestions too,so it's good to know someone tried it and it works.I also read that you can use tuna juice and slobber and put it on the cats bodies and that might help too.I just haven't tried any of those ideas yet.
Again,THANKS,I really appreciate it~
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luckylu,

I took my neutered male cat to the Vet because he started doing strange and unusual things and attacking my 15yr old spayed female cat.

The Vet checked out the male that was acting Crazy. His health was fine. The Vet sold me a thing you plug into the wall that had a replaceable canister that screwed into the bottom. This gadget disperses cat pheromones into the air and REALLY calmed things down.

The product is Feliway. I have found it at Petsmart cheaper than the Vets office and even cheaper at a Feed Store. Even at the Feed Store it is a pricey product.

I am going to look for the item Gershun mentioned.
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Lu, have you ever tried Rescue Remedy. It's a natural thing that helps mellow cats out. You just add a couple drops to the cats water bowl. You can look online to see where to buy. It's not expensive.
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Thank you so much for telling me about your aggressive cats that you have dealt with freqflyer.I really appreciate that.
Bootsie is still separated from her "kittens" in the old catroom by herself and she's very unhappy about it.
I just call the babies "kittens",but they are full grown at almost 3 years old now.Bootsie had them Feb.20th,2017 about 3 months after she came to live with us.Before that,Bootsie had lived free,outside on some rental property our neighbor had and one day,he just showed up with her and asked me to take her because Winter was coming and he was selling his property,so she was a feral cat I guess.She has never played with toys,so I don't have that trick you had,but I bet I could think of something to distract her maybe.It's just that now,the "kittens" are scared of her and as soon as they see her,2 of them hiss at her and that seems to be what's starting the fights now.
I really wish we could work through this because I hate to see my Bootsie go.My dH has lost his patience though and wants her gone.
We called the Humane Society yesterday,but they haven't returned the call yet.
Everything was fine till she saw that cat outside a week ago.
If I could work them back together,I sure would.
Again,Thank you.I need all the ideas I can get~
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luckylu, can Bootsie be distracted if and when she should attack her adult kittens? This sounds like a "lead cat" situation as Bootsie is trying to remain the lead cat of the group.

My cat Jesse [just 2 months living in our house] will go into attack mode on our other cat. The other cat doesn't mind as she can stand her ground, and she lets him know she is still the lead cat.

Whenever they get into a fight, I cannot touch Jesse, otherwise he will swing at me and try to nip. I did find distracting him helped. He has this toy mouse that when you shake it it has a beads inside. I will toss that toy mouse down the stairs and gang-way, Jesse is down those stairs after that mouse. A few minutes later he is back to being user-friendly.

Decades ago I had two sibling feral cats that I trapped when they were kittens. As adults, any time the female was looking out the window and saw a cat outside, she would attack her brother. She just had to pounce on something, and he was available. Usually she would calm down in a half hour.
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The voice of reason, MsMadge.
Typical feline behavior.

I know that Lu will find a solution, being stronger than she realizes.

Prayers.
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Luckylu,
Wait.
Wait and prioritize.
Take care of yourself first this morning.

It is not "all over".
That is "all or nothing thinking", and it is an error in your thinking.
Because it is so understandable that you are emotional and scared
for your kitties.

Wait until you feel better.

It is more important that you are able to make wise decisions once you feel better. That can be obtained by seeing a doctor.
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That's a rotten shame, Lu

is this typical feline behavior, or could it be something else is wrong with her - kinda like mean when sick
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Thanks polarbear,
Iv'e done all of that.
The vet was downright rude,offered no help and told me to rehome Bootsie and hung up.
The ASPCA had the best advice I found on the internet and that's what I tried to do.It just didn't work though and my husband has had enough.
I just hate all this and I'm so sad about it,but thanks polarbear for caring and suggesting what you did.
Take care~
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luckylu- before you give up on Bootsie, I recommend you ask your vet for recommendation, or google, or search on youtube for videos on how to get cats to get along.
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My indoor cat family that I love so much ,is in a real mess and I'm so heartbroken about it.
Last Thursday on Halloween,Bootsie,the MaMa cat saw a cat outside and couldn't get to it to attack it,so she took her anger out on one of her kittens,Toots and my husband.
Iv'e kept the 3 kittens apart from Bootsie ever since,6 days now,and thought I'd try to get them all back together tonight,but it didn't work and Bootsie attacked all 3 of her babies,so now,my husband says she has to go.
We've had the best 3 and a half years together filled with alot of love,but suddenly it's all over.
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None of my cats left home except for one. It’s in a cat’s nature to roam. She went around the corner and decided to live with a family there.

When I told the little girl she was my cat she kept arguing with me and said it was her cat. Her mom came outside and told me they would not return the cat to me because her daughter loved the cat.

When I went home to tell my mom, she just said, “Well, let the cat stay there if she is happy. They will love her too. You have another cat.” It broke my heart as a kid.
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I had cats that were indoor cats and outdoor cats. Some were a mixture of both. I fed them cat food.

Do you think pets that aren’t strays just have that instinct of eating things in nature? I remember seeing them taunt lizards in the yard, eating little birds and so on.

Once in awhile I would give my cats cooked chicken or fish leftovers but I never tried anything raw.
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My feral cat became someone's pet after having her kittens on my back porch.
I fed her Friskies treats until she took them from my hand, and demanded to come inside the day before her kittens were born. It took help and advice from more than a few cat mamas to get through that time, and Luckylu was one, way back when.

I still miss that special kitty, years later.
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So are you Lu.
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Your'e a great cat MaMa Gershun~
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I love my kitties too Lu. They get whatever they want as long as it's good for them.
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Gershun.....I think my stray cats outside think I'm Chef Ramsay because I feed them a feast twice a day.I give them a little cooked chicken,some shredded sharp cheddar or colby, a little wet cat food and a few crunchies on a paper plate for each of them.
Their names are Dewey,Fluffy,Orangey,Cookie#1,Gray-Gray,and Cookie #2.
Our garage door won't go down,so they all have their spots in there and there's boxes and blankets for warmth.
I Love them.I can't help it.
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Feral cats eat whatever they can get their little paws on. They aren't waiting on chef Ramsay to present them with a three course gourmet meal. Plus they probably depend on the kindness of strangers to some extent.
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NHWM- Most likely feral cats eat mice, rats, birds, etc. The feral cat that I fed LOVED raw meat of any kind. He could smell the raw meat when I prepared food in the kitchen. He'd come to the kitchen door and waited outside. I gave him chicken, pork, beef, organ meat, etc. He devoured every piece.
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Feral cats are carnivores and can survive with limited access to water, as they use moisture from their prey. They generally eat small mammals, but also catch birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects - taking prey up to the size of a brush-tail possum.
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Send,

What do they eat if people don’t feed them? Do they dig through trash or eat mice? I guess their lifespan is shorter than cats that are pets.
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When feeding feral cat populations, please feed responsibly.
In my own opinion, dry kibble is best.
Attracting more critters to your home requires more care, more money, more responsibility, including spaying or neutering, vaccinations, and flea treatment, as well as vet care expenses if there is an injury, yes, even for outdoor cats if they are seeking shelter at your home and you are feeding them.

Others will disagree, and even hate me. Please don't attack. It sucks to be me.
That is what is on my mind, as well as a whole lot of things. I think that I am nearing burnout.

However, I was enjoying feeding a feral at one time. It was fun, I felt compassionate towards it, loving it. There was a huge downside.
There came a time when I had to choose between feeling good and what was best for the cat and her babies.
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I recently fed my husband some canned Tuna from Costco.
Could that be what is wrong with him?
He is still mad at me for discarding food from the fridge after the power outages. I had to drive 3 bags to a further away dumpster to prevent him from taking them out of the trash. :(

Tweety wants another vacation. So do I.
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Wow, Gershun gets that one. When uncertain always Google.

From webmd (never would have guessed):
Raw meat and raw fish, like raw eggs, can contain bacteria that cause food poisoning. In addition, an enzyme in raw fish destroys thiamine, which is an essential B vitamin for your cat. A lack of thiamine can cause serious neurological problems and lead to convulsions and coma.

Ignore Below I don't mind being wrong, that is how we learn.
Madge I would think that the cats could and would eat the raw fish. But I would cut it up in smaller pieces so they don't choke on it or fight over it

The fish of sushi is the best of raw fish and freshest. I don't think it would harm them.
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