Rescue Remedy?

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Rescue Remedy?
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Thu, 02-13-2014 - 3:27pm

Has anybody given their pet Rescue Remedy drops? The house-call vet came today to see Coco and suggested putting some of it in her water for stress relief. The vet thinks that Coco licks and chews the fur off of her legs as a calming behavior for stress, although at this point it might have become more a habit. While Coco's indoor cat life doesn't seem very stressful to me lol, the vet said that even moving furniture a little can stress a cat.

Re: the house-call vet, all I can is Wow! She came highly recommended by friends who have multiple pets, its more convenient for them to get all pets seen in one visit at home. For me it was really nice to have the cat in her usual environment for the vet visit. We put a towel on the dining room table, and when the exam was done just set the cat on the floor. She walked away and the vet was able to observe her gait---which would never happen at the pet clinic. She spent a long time discussing various things with me, and picked up on something that the other vets had not: there are some painful areas on her spine (possibly hit by a car?), which would explain her gait and difficulty jumping higher than a couple of feet. The price of the exam was more than at the clinic but we got a much longer visit, and the cat not being freaked out by the strange environment, smells, and the presence of dogs was really worth the extra money. I also like her philosophy in general so I feel like its a good fit between vet and owner. So it was a good experience overall and I would recommend looking into using a house-call vet if there is one available in your area.

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Registered: 09-30-2001
In reply to: elc11
Mon, 02-17-2014 - 9:32am

I have never personally used it with our clan of kitties. However I have seen people on this board recommend it over the years, as far back as 2001 if memory serves.I have heard nothing but good things about it as well.

That said, we have been using Feliway for a very long time. We keep a defuser in each main room of our house to help keep our cats less stresses. With 6 cats it is often needed. I do belive it helps a lot, but I would never rely it only. I believe in working with our cats to help keep them stress free and happy, and that includes nightly play sessions, regular grooming and leaving out the carriers so they consider them a nice place to crawl into sleep rather than a scary item used to take them for car rides to the vet.

Hope that helps a little.

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Registered: 09-30-2001
In reply to: elc11
Mon, 02-17-2014 - 9:32am

I have never personally used it with our clan of kitties. However I have seen people on this board recommend it over the years, as far back as 2001 if memory serves.I have heard nothing but good things about it as well.

That said, we have been using Feliway for a very long time. We keep a defuser in each main room of our house to help keep our cats less stresses. With 6 cats it is often needed. I do belive it helps a lot, but I would never rely it only. I believe in working with our cats to help keep them stress free and happy, and that includes nightly play sessions, regular grooming and leaving out the carriers so they consider them a nice place to crawl into sleep rather than a scary item used to take them for car rides to the vet.

Hope that helps a little.

David and the CoolCyberCats


Forever in my heart


Enter YOUR Cool Cat! A winner each month! 

Cats nap, only humans put them to sleep: Sterilize, don't euthanize.

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Registered: 03-24-2000
In reply to: elc11
Mon, 02-17-2014 - 9:41am

That's awesome that you found a vet that will make house calls.  I used to have one too and it was great.  She is right that some cats will get upset from just moving furniture or something minor to us. 

It seems like I tried Rescue Remedy years ago and didn't see much difference, but I may not have given it a fair shot.  We have had people here swear by it.  I do know that the Feliway Diffusers works as well as the spray as Rhawk said.

My Tiger used to do that to the insides of his front legs.  Since he has been eating more canned food he doesn't do.  It was an allergy to something in the dry food I was giving him.

I hope that the Rescue Remedy will work to stop Coco from pulling out her fur.

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Registered: 07-02-1999
In reply to: elc11
Mon, 02-17-2014 - 10:47am

our vet is mobile and I love that she comes to the house. the cats aren't thrilled either way but for me it is better than the argument to get them in the carrier and listening to the singing all the way to the clinic. :)

I haven't used Feliway but have heard good things. I used Rescue Remedy the last time I moved and it was great to help with the travel stress. Anything that can help the anxiety is worth it.

 

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