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Puhleeeeeze give me patience.....

Discussion in 'Savannah Cat - General Discussion' started by Deborah, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. WitchyWoman

    WitchyWoman Admin Staff Member

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    Juba Kai had to have an MRI & spinal tap this weekend. Long story but we have a diagnosis of vestibular disease (not life threatening, just inconvenient for the cat). That's not the problem. The problem is that the other two chuckleheads are acting like he is an intruder alien threat to their existence.

    I've done the rubbing each with the same cloth to distribute the scent, crating each individually in the same crate to get used to the foreign scent of the evil medicine-smelling alien intruder.

    Maliik is talking it better than Taji. Taji has turned into a shrieking banshee. Oy, the noise, sounds like he is being torn slowly apart over a roaring fire:eek:

    Juba is being very patient -- talking to Taji and trying to approach him slowly & just sitting in his proximity to show that he's still Taji's #1 bud. It takes Taji about a week to return to normal and it takes me at least 1 bottle of vodka to get through the week.

    If anyone has suggestions for getting things back to normal a bit quicker, puhleeeeeeeeeeeeeze post them.
     
  2. admin

    admin Paige Staff Member

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    did you bathe Juba Kai by any chance?
     
  3. Kronos

    Kronos Guest

    I must be missing something... Is Juba Kai wearing anything that makes him appear scarier than normal? Or just smells different? Sorry about the diagnosis and the uproar in the home!
     
  4. WitchyWoman

    WitchyWoman Admin Staff Member

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    No. Would that have helped? I thought about it but wanted him to recover from the tests first. They were difficult tests that took a toll on him and he was out of commission from Saturday til today.
     
  5. Brigitte Cowell

    Brigitte Cowell Moderator Staff Member

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    That does seem a long time for Taji to be having a problem... he's obviously very upset by changes. Have you tried a calming collar for Taji maybe? Calming treats? Some catnip to get all the nervous energy out or maybe a nice boisterous play session?
     
  6. WitchyWoman

    WitchyWoman Admin Staff Member

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    It's probably a few things -- he smells different to them (from the vet clinic & drugs) and Taji gets paranoid about any change. Juba has not been himself for the past few days. He and Taji are deeply bonded and that's adding to Taji's stress.
     
  7. admin

    admin Paige Staff Member

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    Poor Taji...I know how stressful all those tests can be for Juba Kai...Taj went through many tests when he was sick a while ago...IDK - just thinking maybe a bath would help with the smells...
     
  8. WitchyWoman

    WitchyWoman Admin Staff Member

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    Calming collars haven't helped in the past nor has Feliway. He'll come down from the kitchen cabinets to play and get treats and as long as he isn't within visual range of Juba he's fine. Today was a bit better than yesterday in that the banshee screaming has been diluted by bouts of just growling.
     
  9. Trish Allearz

    Trish Allearz Moderator

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    I don't know if it'd work in this case, but my go-to trick is rubbing vanilla extract all around the nose of the cat who is offended and the cat that needs to fit in. I have used this trick to give Queen's another Queen's kitten.
     
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  10. Arline

    Arline Savannah Super Cat

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    OK, this is going to sound really stupid, but a friend of mine swears by it. (I've never tried it though.) She says rub both their noses with a little butter. That's it! LOL
    I've always done the brush them both with the same brush, rub one vigorously and then rub the other vigorously and that always seemed to help some. Hope your boys settle down soon. Glad that Juba Kai is acting more like himself now.
     
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