The vet agreed to try him on Prozac, so he's now happily medicated. I think it's working, as I don't think he's sprayed outside the litter box since. (Spraying in the litter box feels like a good compromise to me.)
Around that same time, we made a few other changes too that might be contributing to the success. We installed some window fans up high so we could keep the lower windows closed, that way he could see the community cats but not smell them and hear them as easily.
We also installed these K&H Thermo Kitty Sill (cushy window perches) in each window. It seemed Oliver was always in the window that Theo wanted, which caused Theo to act out against Oliver - so we hoped by creating more desirable spots, they would be more options and less tension. I still believe that Theo never forgot that years ago when Oliver showed up, Theo lost his back porch access, because it became Oliver's space.
These window perches are awesome! They come with a heating pad, which will be amazing for winter time, for now we just slipped those out and set them aside for future use.
The frame is plastic and three screws into the window sill keep it in place.
Then comes the cushy layer and finally the fleece cover.
With the medication and these improvements, we've been experiencing more kitty harmony and no spraying from Oliver. Yah!!! May the peace continue.
Terrific news! I think I want some of these window perches too; Manny and CB often sit together, so I hope they'll handle the weight...hehehe!ReplyDelete
oliver; best fishez two ewe; we noe de past few haz been stresz full....yur new window perchez iz awesum !!! itz nice they can bee used now and in winterz time ~~~~~~~ wavez two everee one ☺♥ReplyDelete
It seems you're being very proactive and trying everything possible, with success! The perches look fabulous! I've seen similar ones online and ones with suction cups (that I wouldn't be inclined to trust), but I don't recall the weight capacity. I'm guessing up to about 20 pounds?ReplyDelete
Anyway, I wish you continued success and a calm kitty household. 😺
Oliver is about 17 pounds, Pierre is maybe 12 pounds - they have both been up there together no problem. The listing on Amazon says can hold 40 pounds and I would say that sounds about right.Delete
Oliver can't help but behave now. He's seeing his mom bend over backwards to make him comfy. We cats respect that no end. - Tom xReplyDelete
All great ideas, glad they are working.ReplyDelete
That makes me very happy to read. You all have pulled out every stop! May this be the last one to pull out. I'm so happy for you.ReplyDelete
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