Two questions here. One is about helping my two cats
get along. The second is about how to help an e-tube
kitty groom herself.
1) My cat Cozette had an esophagostomy tube placed
Dec. 24. Since that time her sibling, Camille, has
not been able to adjust and continues to hiss and
growl at her sister while skitting by. She acts as
though she is quite frightened of Cozette. She
doesn't act aggressively, more defensively, and
Camille gets so upset that sometimes she vomits.
Cozette just sits there and watches. She doesn't make
any moves at all. Half the time Cozette doesn't even
look at Camille.
When Cozette first came back from the hopsital, I had
separated the cats and put all the bedding and the
carrier in a room with Camille so that she could
explore the smells. I also took Camille's favorite
cat bed and let Cozette sleep in it and get her smell
on it - and some of Camille's smell on her.
I have tried Feliway and a dab of Rescue Remedy, and
have been giving Camille petting and telling her "it's
ok" when she starts to approach her sister and gets
out of sorts. I have been brushing them with the same
brushes to try to equalize smells, but the
tube/food/and bandage are kind of stinky, even to my
Normally Camille always reacts badly when Cozette has
come back from the vet, but usually this behavior
lasts hours and evaporates the first time they eat or
play together. Now that Cozette has started eating
again (yay), Camille will not eat near her. She runs
away and comes back to eat later (they have separate
dishes placed about 10 inches apart on separate
2) Since Cozette has had her tube placed, she is
having a hard time grooming herself as the bandage
around her neck restricts her movement. She is also
itchy under the bandage, so I try to do a little
scratching under the bandage for her. I have been
wiping her down with a warm washcloth - rough texture,
and have been brushing her. I have been trying to
help her keep her face and bottom clean as well.
The hardest parts to keep clean are above the bandage
behind her ear where some of the food winds up getting
spilled out. I have been trying to comb the food out,
when dry with a flea comb. The wet washcoth just
seems to make a bigger mess. I really don't want to
wind up with food in her ear. . .
Nala, Camille and Cozette
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