I am an owner of 5 cats, all rescues, they have accepted each other after some reassurance and consistency all but one Sammy. I believe Sammy was left on her own a lot as a kitten and separated from the family she lived with and their dog, when she came to us she was timid and nervous. Over the years we had accepted her anxiety and made allowances for her but as she became older, now 9yrs her anxiety was increasing and triggered by noise in the environment.
Our cats are house cats, they have their own catio so they have fresh air and can feel and see the outside but at the same time are safe. Sammy was attacking the other cats and preying on the eldest, her behaviour was impacting on the others and causing one or two to develop cystitis. We had to make a decision with Sam, she would be seen as to aggressive to re-home so sadly one of the alternatives was to put her to sleep which would be devastating and heart breaking as it isn't her fault. We visited Lydons and saw Katie, we asked about anti-depressants but Katie wasn't sure as they had been prescribed for dogs but not necessarily for cats, we really stressed to Katie about it was anxiety rather than Sammy's personality and really wanted to try them as the other alternative was sadness and loss.
Katie calculated the dosage for Sam and prescribed clomycalm, the transformation in Sam was immediate she was more relaxed and more willing to engage with the other cats rather than seeing them as a threat to her, she has become affectionate in her own way and more passive so if a cat walks past her she will now give a greeting of peacefulness rather than attack. It has took the other four time to trust her again but harmony is restored.
As Sam has learned that their is no threat in her home she has come of the medication and only needs to take this after a trigger which has given her anxiety and panic for a few days until she relaxes again.
Sam is so happy and I suppose after a life of being in fear due to anxiety you can understand her behaviour. Sammy definitely has a mental health condition and its symptoms are really the same as an adult would have, panic, fear, aggression, isolation and so on.
Me and my partner and our 5 fury kids just want to thank Katie for prescribing these to Sam, it has made the world of difference to her and has allowed us to work with Sam to build trust and to socialise her with her fury sisters and brother. We are now able to manage Sam's mental health and not keeping her medicated all the time but only when she needs it.
I wanted to share our experience with others just in case they become in the same situation with a pet and feel their pet is aggressive, I suppose if we look at the symptoms as we would in ourselves we would be able to see past behaviour and look more at causes, our animals feel, think and are not treated well in their most informative weeks and if children experience and develop personality disorders if not reared correctly then obviously animals do to. Nature or Nurture ? Ill go with nurture and knowledgeable owners and vets.
Thank you Katie for not making my 9th life the last one.....Sammy Wilson