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Aging cat problem
I think she's senile and she's fighting our other cat
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Date: 6/24/11 5:03 PM

My dear Ella is 14 and I think she's senile and having other troubles. I can (sort of) live with the excessive vocalizing, and she's always had a "peeing" issue so that's not a new problem to deal with. But the latest issue is fighting and I don't know what to do about it! Yes, it's time for a vet visit but I'm not sure how that will help, other than telling me she's getting old.

We have 2 other cats, Felix and Sergei, and while Ella never really got along with them, she recently has had all out cat fights with Felix. It seems to be related to an outdoor visitor (our cats are indoors except for supervised backyard time) but there have been cats in the yard before and she never acted like this. The first fight was in the backyard when I didn't notice the visitor got into the yard and was actually very near Ella. I only saw the visitor, who is a Felix-lookalike, when he calmy left. But when Felix went over to her to investigate she turned on him and they had the first nasty cat fight I've ever seen them get into. I stupidly got in the middle and ended up with a bad scratch on my hand. Later that day they fought again, inside, when the visitor walked outside. This happened a few weeks ago and we've been away for the last 2 weeks, so I don't know if there have been more altercations (we had a cat sitter visit daily but she didn't report anything). Last night they got into it again. I heard caterwauling from both Ella and Felix - they (and Sergei) were by the open back door and maybe the visitor came by again, it was dark and I couldn't see. But it really looked to me like Ella was the agressor and Felix was scared (as was Sergei). I threw a blanket over Felix and he stayed where he was. I tried that with Ella but she wouldn't calm down. Felix ran to a bedroom so I closed the door - he looked scared and cowered in the corner, which is unusual because he's normally a big bully to the other cats. Ella meanwhile got under a bed where Sergei was hiding and they were growling and hissing at each other. I pulled Ella out and got her firmly by the scruff and put her in the garage. She was meowing loudly while out there and still very agitated. I was finally able to hold her and pet her and she finally calmed down.

It seems this outdoor cat is stirring something up in Ella. Could she just be really confused because he looks like Felix, albeit a much thinner Felix. The Felix-lookalike, doesn't appear to be aggressive but he (or she) has been spraying a bit. The cat doesn't have a collar and runs when I get near. I don't know who the cat belongs to but has been around for about a year and seems to like hanging out at our house, unfortunately.

But what do I do about Ella? I'm really worried because there's a small (very small) chance we may move overseas. I thought she'd be ok to take with us but now I don't know. She's always been "my" cat. But she's changing and it scares and saddens me.

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Date: 6/24/11 5:33 PM

It must be hard to try to figure out what is going on.

Could you try separating her from the other cats for a week or so? Maybe that would give her brain time to reset from this aggressiveness. At the very least it would give the other cats some respite.

I would think a vet visit would definitely be in order. If she's in pain somehow that could be causing a personality change. Or maybe she can start taking kitty prozac.

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Susan

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Date: 6/24/11 6:15 PM

There is a natural stress relief product available over the counter at health/nutrition stores such as GNC (NAYY) or you local health food store or the natural products dept of a large grocery store. It is called Resuce Remedy. It is recommended by the maker for all living things...people and animals. My husband and I have used it for nearly 20 years and have given it to many pets over the years...and the children when they were growing up too!!!

It's the best thing I've ever used or seen to calm down anything or anyone. It comes in a very very tiny bottle for about $12...but it will last a long time and is worth every penny.

The dose is only 4 drops and the dropper is teeny tiny so it's not much. It is in a base of 27% alcohol...no worries because the drops are so miniscule there is not much that is taken in. To make it easier for animals to take the drops can be added to their fresh bowl of water and they can drink from it all day. It will not matter that all the water is not comsumed all at once or even completely.

A vet recommended Rescue Remedy for a little maltese dog that I had years ago after doggy prozac made her worse. It worked the first time and every time after for years.

Interestingly I had never heard of it before then...and on the same day right after the vet visit and recommendation...I had my own appointment with my health care provided who then recommended it for me and she did not know that the vet had just recommended it for my little dog. I said to her are you telling me to get dog medicine because the vet just said to get that for my dog. She laughed and said it's for everything living and everyone living. I got some on the way home and have always used it since.

A friend of mine said it washes away stress like a waterfall flowing over her.
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Date: 6/24/11 6:17 PM

Cats do that- a new cat is moving in to her territory, so she's mad and taking it out on any other cat she can find. I didn't notice your state, but just a guess- all of this started when you opened your windows for the summer?

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Date: 6/24/11 6:30 PM

The Bach's Rescue Remedy is a good suggestion, and worth a try. Having the vet check her, too, is a good idea.

Our Shih Tzu developed old age dementia. I googled it and it has a fancy term like Cognitive Disorder or somesuch name. He was not aggressive, though. Instead, he seemed to want to be alone and became asocial. You might want to do some internet research about it. There might even be some cat forums you could peruse, and inquire there.

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Date: 6/24/11 6:41 PM

Could it be displaced aggression? There are some suggestions at that website. You might also look into Feliway diffusers or similar products that dispense pheromones that soothe cats - they have these at pet stores.

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Date: 6/24/11 6:55 PM

Lori - it may be just "old age" but I'd take her to the vet for a check. My geriatric cat (nearly 18) is on a special "renal" food that seems to help her but I can tell she is slowly declining. My other cat died last December and she had the same renal problems and wasn't very friendly - honestly, I think she just didn't feel very well. (they were from the same litter).

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Date: 6/24/11 7:11 PM

I don't think it has much to do with your cat's age, or that she thinks the other cat is Felix; like a poster above I think she is just upset about a new cat in "her" territory. Cats are much more sensitive to smell than sight so she would know immediately that it isn't Felix.

Cats hate change. Any change. I didn't think our (20 year old) cat would make it through our move across country last year as the two previous moves - especially the first one - he shed for weeks and I don't mean SOME hair, I mean PILES of hair every day. He is also the kind who can smell anything different in his food and would NOT take any of the "calming" medicine. But, he surprised us and is doing fine. Just be prepared if you do move to have a very unhappy cat for a while. Also, depending on the country, your cat may have to be quarantined for a while (up to a number of months in some places) and that may be a consideration in your decision to take her or not.

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Date: 6/24/11 9:20 PM

Vet check should be #1 thing. Cats can be in pain and not able to show it in normal ways. My first cat lived to 19 years and never got senile. She did however get very deaf and meowed much louder later in life. I thinK she really could not hear herself so thought I could not her her either.. She eventually got very sick w/liver cancer at this very old age. It seems funny that the cat sitter did not notice anything. Unfamiliar cat smells can get them agited too, which maybe related to the intruder she had an altercation with.

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Date: 6/24/11 9:31 PM

I'm sorry. It is just as hard to deal with elder issues in cats as it is for humans. Of course you love Ella, and you are afraid for her. I would be also.

We had a darling boy years ago who considered himself the family protector. When strange cats came on our property (ours are strictly indoors) he would often lose it and attack our other cats, as if something atavistic had been triggered and he couldn't contain it. I used to dump cold water on him and that would end it, but it was upsetting when it happened.

One thing we know is that domestic cat brains are almost two brains - there is the sweet, loving pet we live with most of the time, and the other part of the brain retains the wild, pre-domesticated memory and behavior which allows our little darlings to hunt down and kill mice, flies, moths, toys, and whatever else catches their fancy.

I think maybe the first thing to do is to keep Ella indoors. If this strange kitty is setting off something in her "older" brain, maybe her age means she is less likely to be able to separate the behaviors. I would also take her to vet, even though you don't want to hear what she will tell you (I know how that is, when my Bella had cancer I was afraid every time I talked to vet), but she might have good ideas on how to help.

Nothing will change her age. It is just so very hard when we love them so much. My kids grew up with the cats, and I have always told them this is the price we pay for the pleasure of their company - their lives are shorter than ours, and we just have to do our best by them. I wish you all the best.

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