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#1 Woodland

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 06:29 AM

My 5 year old male burmese cat is showing a lot of signs of anxiety. He follows us from room to room and is obsessed with being around us all the time. He wakes us up at night scratching and meowing to get in from the garage. He also pulls at his foot claws with his mouth so hard that Im scared he'll pull one out!
His sister doesn't show these type of symptoms so its more than just his breed behaviour (I know burmese are very affectionate and love people).
He's also destroying our slippers and socks by biting them.
Im thinking of taking him to the vet and asking about some anti anxiety medication for him. He's driving us mad!
Does anyone else have their cat on anxiety meds? Did it help?
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#2 Kriss

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 09:59 AM

Have you tried a feilaway defuser. I haven't used one but have heard great things about them.
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 10:08 AM

Poor little guy sad.gif Do you know what may have triggered it? Maybe something spooked him and he'll come good? My mum's vet suggested a few drops of rescue remedy in her cat's bowl after his companion was put to sleep. I'm not sure how well it worked, but my mum tried it. This cat suffered some weird bouts of anxiety including a time where he refused to come down from the top of a wardrobe for 2 weeks and had to be fed up there!

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 10:27 AM

Oh that's not good to hear the poor little man.

Have you changed anything in your house or yours/his routine to trigger his anxiety?

I've also heard of a few people using Felliway quite successfully. So maybe it is worth a try?

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 03:25 PM

We have had success with Feliway when we have stray cats hanging around as it seems to stress our Burmese boy out a bit, but I can't remember if you said you had tried it without any luck?

We have 2 Burmese, one male and one female, and ours are have similar traits to those you mentioned. Our boy is very demanding, and has a very loud meow. We got our girl to keep him company. She is very quiet, but has to be with us all the time when we are at home (when we are out there is no separation anxiety, they love each others company.) If we are in another room with the door closed they will both scratch at the door and meow to get in (including the toilet! laugh.gif ) The girl follows me around the house all the time, but in an affectionate way. She isn't demanding in the way that he is though.

Would you be open to letting them in with you at night? It sounds like what our boy does when he wants to be in with us. We let them sleep in our room with us and find that they only do the scratching at the door now when we are in the bathroom or the garage. I have heard that Burmese are so affectionate that they can get stressed at being separated from their owners at night. We have definitely found that we have problems if we try to keep them out of our room at night. I know it is not for everyone though.

I have also heard of people having success with Rescue Remedy for stress and anxiety, but apparently there are 2 kinds, and only 1 is safe for cats? I was told that you just have to ask the vet about whether it is safe to get. You put a few drops in their water.

I'm sure the vet will either be able to recommend some things to try, or prescribe something for the anxiety if that doesn't work.



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Posted 09 June 2012 - 04:07 PM

Thanks so much for your responses. I'm going to buy a Feliway difuser next payday, they are quite expensive, I really hope it works to settle him down a bit.
We don't let them in at night as they tend to start play fighting in the middle of the night or they have been known to destroy the carpet if left to their own devices so I couldn't really relax properly if they had free reign of the house with me not around. We have to shut them out in the garage every time we go out due to their destructive behaviour.
I think he's definitely trying to get in to us at night. Its been 5 years now and we've never let them in at night so I don't know why he hasn't got the point yet??!!
We have had a lot of change in the last 4 months (moved them international and to a new house) so that could be why he is worse than normal.
I really hope the Feliway works, I'll give it a couple of months and if no improvement I'll have to take him to the vet regarding medication. We are finding it all a bit too much.
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 06:32 PM

The Feliway diffusers are really expensive! Try eBay maybe? I have seen them cheaper on there. We ended up getting the Feliway spray, instead of the diffuser. It is the same stuff, just in a spray bottle and it is half the price. We get it from an online store (in Australia) for $35.00. It just takes a couple of sprays every week or so, so it lasts ages.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:13 PM

Once you buy the diffuser, you only need to buy the refills each month, it's just the inital purchase that is expensive because it has the power point plug.

I have seen heaps of cats do really well with Feliway (I have one in my house currently for my Burmese)

The diffuser is probably best for your cat, the spray only lasts 12-24hrs depending on what you're using it for. So you'd need to keep spraying it around the house each day, or on the cats bed.
With the diffuser plug it into the room where you want the cat to spend its time and where you want the cat to chill out.
Feliway also helps with destructive behaviour if it's stress related, so you could try it inside?

I'd try this first, or perhaps go and talk to your vet, just ask when you book an appointment if there is a vet in the clinic that has a behaviour interest, as they'll be more clued up on what to do.





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