|Mercy in her favorite spot|
Mercy is one of our clinic pet cats. She and Ranger have some basic understandings to keep the peace between each other as you have read in July 2011 post. In the mornings Mercy was acting a bit more agitated at Ranger, also hissing at some people and just out of sorts. I could not find any medical reason outstanding to be making her attitude upset. There were not any overt big fights, and I did not want it to get like that.
Mercy is on J/D for her arthritic false hip ( she had a femoral head ostectomy about 14 years ago), pumpkin to reduce hair balls, joint supplement and periodic pain reliever. Her medical management seemed to be at the best it could and I considered if she may be feeling some anxiety or was that developing with age. We have added lots of additional perches in the office to enrich the environment for them so competition for space was not likely. We also ordered some feather toys on a stick for structured play time for Ranger and what ever Mercy would do so there was social interaction with the staff but still, she just did not seem happy. I thought this would be a good chance to try out the CALM diet by Royal Canin and see how it might help her.
The J/D diet by Hills has given Mercy some benefit with her hip so I did not want to abandon that diet completely. I instructed Racheal, one of the techs to mix the J/D and CALM 50/50 for the trial and see if there was any effect. The supplementation would not be a much, but I figured - there may be some benefit. The behaviors we were looking to see improvement on were - less hissing and avoidance of staff members and Ranger. That was about it. We did not have any soiling problems or real aggressive fights - just the crankiness towards Ranger and some of the staff. We had figured her avoidance of dogs and some clients to be just the way she was.
Later I told the staff to observe her interactions with staff members, clients and Ranger. As each day passed we saw her go up to clients and head butt them as well as allowing them to pet her over her head and body as she has not done before! Men were no longer the only Mercy magnet!
|Mercy loves to be with Leeza now|
Play time has also improved for Mercy. She will now chase after the feather as it is dragged across the ground and play Kill The Bear with her toy. She and Ranger still have their am attitude adjustment period. This has been a bit challenging to figure out. They each jump and pounce on each other and will co groom just before. There is not any hissing or tension about perching spaces. It may be that they like wrestling but it is hard to tell.
|Mercy is much more lovey|
Good luck and let me know if you give CALM a try.
Dr Sally J Foote