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macush
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« on: June 13, 2016, 07:13:46 PM »

Has anyone used these?  And if so, do they work?  I adopted a sweet black cat (8 years old) a few months ago.  The shelter neglected to mention she doesn't like other cats.  My poor Machusla is trying to be her friend but despite everything I nave tried nothing seems to work (felliway, etc).  There's no way I can bring her back to the shelter cause she is a little darling with me (and she has a lousy background  -- her former owner committed suicide and there no telling how long she was along with him)  Besides who is going to adopt an 8 year older black cat.

She spends most of her time on the top of the cat tree in the office and she won't explore the house. I leave the door to the office open so she's not closed off from the rest of the house.  I spend an hour in the evening playing with her with the door closed so Machusla can't come in.   At least it's better than the shelter.   So I don't know what to do.

Then I heard about calming collars and wonder if that would work -- so any advice would be helpful.  Thanks.

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ranger
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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2016, 03:52:35 AM »

Does she have a collar on now? If she does I would try it. And please post if any improvement, I was actually wondering if I could get a thunder shirt on Sam.
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macush
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2016, 05:10:36 AM »

No I need to buy one.  Just wondering if it worked on anyone's cat.
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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2016, 05:28:50 AM »

Do you have room to keep them separated for a while? Sometimes it can take a very long time to adjust. Sometimes they just have to live in separate areas. When Buffy was here, I had a door put in between the bedrooms and the rest of the house and they lived separately for 3 years. They never could live together. At any rate, I would separate and do a much slower more gradual introduction with only supervised contact until you see how things go. I'm sorry that these introductions are not going well, but home is so much better than a shelter situation.
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macush
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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2016, 07:42:38 AM »

I've had Monkie since March.  She does have her own room and pretty much stays at the top of the cat tree.  Machusla just wants to be her friend but she's not having it.  I would never return her to the shelter under any situation.  That's why I was checking out calming collars.  I feel badly about Machusla (the plan was that she would become his friend --since I've lost my two cats over the past two years and he's lonely); I feel badly for Monkie since she's so fearful; and I feel badly for me.  I am mad at the shelter as they were not truthful about her.  But I love her and she's not going anywhere.

Just wondering if anyone had any luck with these collars.
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mikken
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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2016, 07:39:49 AM »

To be fair, the shelter may not have known that she didn't like other cats.  If they don't have a community room available to try a cat out, it can be hard to tell.

I've tried the calming collars and to be honest, was not impressed.  Also, the "breakaway" feature is an absolute lie - read reviews and you'll see all kinds of complaints about how the collars are labeled as "breakaway" when they are not and do not release at all (some cats were injured).

You may do better with Feliway diffusers.  Expensive, but can make a real difference for some cats.

Also, time.  Cats are like people - some are slow to bond and just take a lot of time to feel comfortable with others.

You can speed the process along by rewarding the scaredy cat every time the other cat is nearby.  Make the other cats presence a positive association!
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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2016, 08:29:00 AM »

Thanks Mikken.  The calming collars do make me nervous especially since the breakaway collars do have problems.  I am using Felliway which doesn't really have any effect.  I guess I'm lucky that they haven't really attacked each others though I have found some hair.  I would really be happy to see her out of the office and checking out the rest of the house but she's just too scared.   I guess patience is the key.
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