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Author Topic: Socks and I need your help and advise  (Read 2829 times)
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ranger
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« on: June 03, 2008, 10:05:48 AM »

I was reading about rescue remedy and I asked my vet about it.  She has heard of it and said it seemed to work for some but not all.  I am looking for the concentration and how much to give.  I looked it up and there is a lot of different information as to how to give it and how much.  I know people here have used it and someone mentioned tea also?

The background, she is a basketcase when anyone come in our place.  I want to get new windows and the man came to measure, poor Socks was so afraid she hid in the closet for 6 hours, how is she going to live with people actually taking the windows out (2day job).  Last year when I had the a/c replaced she had the bad episode of breathing and was in the hospital for 3 days.  This is when we found the lump in her throat which lead to the brain tumor discovery.  I digress but I believe the lump was there for a while but her breathing got bad because she was upset.

Anyway I need something to calm her.  I will most likely have to take her in and board her at my vet for the day.

Help!

Judy
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catbird
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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2008, 10:13:47 AM »

ranger--here is how my vet suggested to use the Rescue Remedy (I have a cat who is a basket case about vet visits):

A couple of days before the anticipated stress event, start putting 2 drops RR in each water bowl every time you change the water.

Right before the stress event (when getting the cat in the carrier in my case), rub a little bit of the RR on her ears, or spray the carrier with the RR spray.

Continue in the water for at least half a day after the stress event is over.

HTH.  I know there are many other ways to use it.  Warning:  Don't try to give it to your cat "straight" without mixing in water or something.  It tastes terrible.
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catmom5
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2008, 10:17:27 AM »

Haven't had much luck with rescue remedy here. When I put the drops in their water, they won't drink the water. I've tried putting a drop on Jess' ear (to calm him down so he doesn't beat up anybody . . .) and it hasn't made much difference.

I have remodeling going on right now and my cats are all under my bed. They will come out at night, but I figured I'd just leave them be where they feel somewhat safe.

Good luck finding some way for Socks to deal with the new windows!
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catbird
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2008, 10:20:19 AM »

The water trick works for 4 of my 5 cats.  (Suspicious Cameo the hurricane survivor won't touch the water that has the RR in it, either.)

It does seem to help my more easily freaked-out cats handle vet visits a bit better, but doesn't completely take away the fear.  I think only tranquilizers would do that.
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Arlo
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2008, 10:22:48 AM »

Sometimes Feliway diffusers can help.  I got one when I had a foster cat being retrained to use the litter box.  I was told it might help.  Instead it mellowed Chow (the flaky feral cat) out.  
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ranger
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2008, 01:05:12 PM »

Arlo I read about that too (and about Chow) Socks is a former feral.

Catbird & Catmom have you tried putting a few drops behind the ear, I'm not crazy about messing with her water.  Also where do I buy it and is there different strengths?

Thanks
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catbird
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2008, 01:08:21 PM »

I have done the ear application, but I don't think it works as well as in the water (if you can get them to drink it.)

I know of only one strength, but could be wrong.

My vet sells RR, and that's where I get it, but it is also sold in natural foods stores and similar places.
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kaffe
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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2008, 03:10:10 PM »

I use RR for Kaffe and it works well for him just rubbed on the inner side of the ears --- one drop on each ear... calms him down for vet visits and on those occassions when he seems to go "hyper" (from spotting a strange cat or racoon or some such critter).  For Cato, I have to syringe 2 drops in 3ml water directly into his mouth for the RR to work - maybe becuase he has so much hair on his ears  Cheesy...
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