Anastacia and the Cone of Shame.
November 07, 2011

So here’s the thing: Anastacia’s brain is completely fried.  When we got her, she spent days throwing herself at windows.  Not hours, DAYS.  She’d run at them full-force and leap into them and then slide down the window like a cartoon, sit there looking dazed for a second, and do it again.  Over and over.  All day long.  All night long.  Until exhaustion won out.  She slept for pretty much an entire week and she never tried to commit suicide by window again.

But the other day, she did start ripping her fur out.  Hence the cone of shame.

I actually feel a little ridiculous saying this, but this is an ongoing problem with Anastacia.  She…well she doesn’t handle stress well.

Pretty much anything can stress Anastacia out.  There are big stresses, like last winter when we lost two cats in the span of a month to coyotes and she spent forty-eight hours straight not moving.  She just laid in one place, defecated all over herself, and meowed morosely.  She didn’t eat or drink.  So we rushed out, found two kittens, and brought them home.  She immediately went all Momma Cat on their asses and forgot all about those losers who’d been devoured by coyotes.  And there are little stresses, like the weather changing or Charlotte looking at her or guests visiting or a siren sounding a mile away.  And the little stresses cause her to pull out her fur.

When I met Donald, I firmly believed that cats were irritating furballs.  And now here I am talking about how my cat handles stress.

Someone really needs to stage an intervention.


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  1. By on November 07, 2011

    She sounds like a candidate for anti-anxiety meds. Don’t laugh,in the long run they are easier than the cone of shame. See your vet for details. Good thing she landed with a loving family, poor needy kitten.

  2. By on November 07, 2011

    Try Rescue Remedy. It is an all natural, herb based, drop that you put directly in her mouth or in her food or water. We use it on Foster dogs for the first few weeks when they are stressed out and adjusting. You should be able to get it at any health store and you can also get it online. It will change her life.

    Also this might be a situation where anti-anxiety meds would help. They are cheap and the vet can give you some to try.

    The rescue remedy might be in the child section of the store. I think it is meant for children. We have discussed it with our vet and it is perfectly safe for dogs and cats.

    Thank you for loving that baby! I’m so glad she has you to take care of her.

  3. By Jessika on November 07, 2011

    You know, my friend uses a plug-in pheromone (or some other chemical) releaser for cats. Her cat is neurotic, won’t eat,  and stresses out easily. This did the trick (though I thought my friend was nuts). I’ve since seen that it does work.  I can hound her for details if you want. It doesn’t impact humans.

  4. By Sarah Christensen on November 07, 2011

    Wow, see this is why I have a blog, I had no idea that there WERE anti-anxiety meds and such for cats.  Thanks for the ideas, all three of you!  I’ll definitely look into this!

    Also, Jessika, yes please!!  I would love to know what your friend uses!

  5. By Elly on November 08, 2011

    The plug-in is called “Feliway” and it’s a synthetic hormone designed to mimic facial pheremones kittens smell on their mothers.  It’s worked very well for our (several) cats with litter-box aversion and the like.  The Rescue Remedy mentioned above also works quite well—a couple of drops in a spray bottle of water and it’s like they’re in a drug-induced coma.

    Also, keep an eye on the hair-pulling.  As a veterinarian, I see a lot of kitties for neurosis that actually have flea allergies that cause the neurosis.  Not to be a know-it-all, but consider it.

    Elly B.

  6. By on November 08, 2011

    Elly B - No, that’s definitely a possibility.  She doesn’t have fleas right now, but we’ve wondered if she has an allergy to them when she picks them up in the yard (we use Advantage, so they don’t stick around), or if she has an allergy to something we use when we give her a bath or something in the dirt, etc.  We’ve mentioned before that if she’s allergic to something and she’s already feeling crappy as a result, we can totally see why she’d tip so quickly into a frantic craze when something else goes wrong.  I go crazy when I feel sick too.

  7. By on November 09, 2011

    Oh my goodness, that’s so sad! (but your story did have me chuckling. for an animal lover, that’s not really right.)

    My sister’s cat started losing her hair because of a stray kitten we adopted who enjoys stalking her. She wasn’t pulling it out, it was just falling out. She also has issues from her previous owner who locked her in small areas with drugs so her brain’s a little messed up and she’s terrified of small spaces and most people. Anyway, my sister took her to the vet and she got a slow-release cortisone shot, I believe, and became a totally different cat! Her hair started growing back and she became much more willing to be pet!

  8. By on November 15, 2011

    “She immediately went all Momma Cat on their asses and forgot all about those losers who’d been devoured by coyotes.“

    I laughed until I cried. Thank you for that. It’s been a rather awful day, and that line was the ray of light.


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