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I was listening to the tripawd podcast the other day, and heard a blip about monkeybutts, the remaining 4-legged critters. I have seen some posts about monkeybutt dog siblings, but not about the “other” cats and how to help them cope. Every time Kho passes Raz’s cage, he hisses at her, and I’m afraid in a couple weeks when she is cleared to roam free, he will bop her to the ground! 

We’ve tried Feliway in the past to help them get a long better, but I wasn’t convinced about its effectiveness. Anyone else have something that has worked for their monkeybutt kitties? (He really is a monkeybutt…we’re always complaining about how his bum stinks! I have to wipe him with a kitty wipe occasionally.smiley13

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I was listening to the tripawd podcast the other day, and heard a blip about monkeybutts…

Thanks for listening to tripawd talk! That episode goes waaaaay back. How’d you find it?

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Hi and welcome!

I have had the same issues when it comes to vet visits. They come home smelling different and it sends all the warning signals out! I have worked through this by keeping the kitty that visited the vet away from the others for a while. I have a spare bedroom that Huck recovered in so I had full control over who came and went (and when). 

Do you have a place for Raz to recuperate that allows you to keep them separate? The feliway is great stuff, and I would have one plugged in close by. When Raz is able to get around they will be able to play paws under the door and kind of ‘re-introduce’ themselves to each other but in a slower more controlled way. 

Just being able to control the environment may help you a lot, especially after recheck visits. Once they have had a chance to bathe themselves and settle down usually the “office” smell dissipates and they are ok, but this way you can choose when and how as well as separate if things are not going well. 

I hope some of this helps.

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tripawdrazzle said

I was listening to the tripawd podcast the other day, and heard a blip about monkeybutts…

Thanks for listening to tripawd talk! That episode goes waaaaay back. How’d you find it?

  

I actually first did a search in the Podcast app on my way down to Maryland for “cat amputee,” and found you guys’ interview on the “Veterinary ECC Small Talk” show. So I looked up “Tripawd” in the Podcasts, and started listening to some of the relevant episodes, and that was one of them! 

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I have had the same issues when it comes to vet visits. They come home smelling different and it sends all the warning signals out! I have worked through this by keeping the kitty that visited the vet away from the others for a while. I have a spare bedroom that Huck recovered in so I had full control over who came and went (and when). 
  

Thanks paws120! Unfortunately the spaces in our apartment are pretty limited, especially with the dog kennel set up we have rigged. The living room is the one spot that it will fit, and we can’t give her free reign of an entire room, because she WILL try jumping and hiding ASAP. Plus in the living room, my roommates can stop and give her love, and she gets to see what’s going on. 

The vet did recommend that when I do start letting her out on a permanent basis, I give the monkeybutt some gabapentin to keep him calmer and hopefully from knocking her down… *facepalm

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LOL (not laughing AT you, chuckling at facepalm and remembering how Huck was first dose of gaba… haha!) The gaba knocked him out cold! Even as a vet tech I had never used gabapentin, nor did we carry it in our pharmacy. I thought the second dose on the morning of his surgery would be the same… it wasn’t, lol. He never went to sleep. He did calm down enough for us to wrangle him into a carrier eventually (1 1/2 hrs later) and I was a total mess! Huck was as feral as they come and we were not yet on a “handling” basis. 

For your purposes it might work well. I had Huck in a big deluxe doggie crate in his spare room. I actually agree with you on the getting attention part (with everybody having access to Raz), and I am wondering if in a few more days they might just get back to their normal selves anyways. Do you have any Feliway spray? I have both, and I used the diffuser plugged in pretty closely to where I had my crate. I selectively spray different areas to help that work. Like a rug or towel in front of the crate so that Kho might cool his jets a little. I use it on all of my cat trees when they are not occupied. Cats are such unique individuals. He probably doesn’t understand the crate, and may also be a little jealous of the extra attention that Raz is getting, and the whole surgical site/cone probably doesn’t help either.

I folded a nice fuzzy blanket in 4 and I placed that on top of the crate that Huck was in. Oscar jumped up onto it and they did eventually play some pawsies through the grates. 

I still use the Feliway to help keep things mediated. I use CBD oil too for Huck and Oscar (I can’t get it into Andy no matter what I do). I am finding less friction, although with Oscar being my “baby” I think there will always be competition between them. 

I know that cats like to have their space while eating, but I have Delectable’s Squeeze Ups that I found while I was recovering Huck through surgery and both cats LOVE it! I will sometimes take 2 as a special treat, and sit on the floor with the both of them. They enjoy it so much that they forget to fight, lol. You can even sit up against the crate with both cats close by and see if you can woo them into enjoying some even tho they are not besties right now. 

How is the recovery going? Please make sure she gets enough fluids, I cannot even stress that enough. Be it through canned food, broth, roasted chicken, tuna juice… all of the above. With the anesthesia and different meds it can bind them up big time and a dehydrated kitty is very dangerous. You will be able to gauge some of that from urine output. Her appetite may drop too, that’s why I had all the good stinky treats for Huck. It happens a lot usually somewhere around day 4ish. It will get better though, just baby the heck out of her and make sure she is drinking and eating. 

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For your purposes it might work well. I had Huck in a big deluxe doggie crate in his spare room. I actually agree with you on the getting attention part (with everybody having access to Raz), and I am wondering if in a few more days they might just get back to their normal selves anyways. Do you have any Feliway spray? I have both, and I used the diffuser plugged in pretty closely to where I had my crate. I selectively spray different areas to help that work. Like a rug or towel in front of the crate so that Kho might cool his jets a little. I use it on all of my cat trees when they are not occupied. Cats are such unique individuals. He probably doesn’t understand the crate, and may also be a little jealous of the extra attention that Raz is getting, and the whole surgical site/cone probably doesn’t help either.

  

Kho was really sweet for her two weeks when she was in the crates pre-surgery. He would come check on her, sleep on top of her. He was the best protective brother. Now, he’s crazy…I need to get a little more cat food tonight, maybe I’ll pick up the Feliway spray and see how he reacts to that. He gets SO MUCH love, silly boy. I took Raz out on a leash tonight to walk around, praising her for every little thing, and he was giving his best “not impressed” stare.  smiley13

How is the recovery going? Please make sure she gets enough fluids, I cannot even stress that enough. Be it through canned food, broth, roasted chicken, tuna juice… all of the above. With the anesthesia and different meds it can bind them up big time and a dehydrated kitty is very dangerous. You will be able to gauge some of that from urine output. Her appetite may drop too, that’s why I had all the good stinky treats for Huck. It happens a lot usually somewhere around day 4ish. It will get better though, just baby the heck out of her and make sure she is drinking and eating.   

So far it’s going really well! It’s only been two days since surgery and she is already more herself than she was before! She is eating really well today AND SHE JUST POOPED!!! poopiconpoopiconpoopiconI’m a proud meowther. I tried putting some dried food out, but I think I’ll remove it and we’ll stick with the wet food for now. I’ll keep an eye out this weekend for the drop, thanks for the warning! 

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I saw your post on the blog, YAY for poopiconpoopiconpoopicon!!  Way to go, that is terrific! She is doing so well, and you are doing a pawsome job mama sp_hearticon2

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