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Friday, November 3, 2017

Step One-Boxer makes some progress

One claw for cats everywhere!

If you read our post a few days ago, you know we suddenly have a problem with Boxer being aggressive with our two dogs, Zappa and more so with Fiona.

Boxer has had to stay in his room for the most part as I figure out what to do and how to do it.  I have had him out a couple of times twice with the dogs, where he crouched down and glared at the dogs in a defensive mode.  Once I had him out by himself, which of course went well, but I had a hell of a time getting him back in his room.

So tonight we tried again.  One hour before his dinner which would automatically get him back in his room to eat.  Both dogs were sleeping on the couches and stayed that way, basically ignoring Boxer.

But Boxer was keeping a close eye on them.  He seemed scared and was on alert.



So I decided to brush Boxer as he was a bit on guard and use the brush as a positive reinforcement.  I brushed him when he looked away from the dogs and stopped when he did.  I was doing good at first but lost focus after a while, but I still think it helped.  Not sure how much he may or may not have relaxed, I know Boxer was happy to be out with me, so it was worth it.  I didn't have any trouble getting him back in his room because it was dinnertime and a normal routine, so I think it really work out good.

What I'm thinking of doing is working backwards from dinnertime while slowly lengthening his time out with dogs and monitoring everyone.  Wish me luck!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Boxer becomes Aggressive.

Well, this has got to be a record for me in posting about the cats, but we are in quite a dilemma and I don't know what to do. 

About a week ago, Boxer and the two dogs, Fiona and Zappa were outside together.  Like they have been a hundred times before.  I went inside and next thing I know when I look out the door, Boxer is hunched down, growling and hissing at the dogs.  He was blocking the door for Fiona to come in and she was badly shaken. 

I have no idea what happened, even though I have a few guesses but regardless, Boxer has never been aggressive with any of the dogs or cats.  He is a bully, demanding and ruthless, but he has never turned like this.  I am at a loss and I'm not sure how to handle it.  I'll take any suggestions anyone has.

I have tried a couple of times to get them back together, but when Boxer sees Fiona he immediately hunches down, ears flat and just stares at her.  Fiona gets out of the room quickly.  So for the last week or so they have been separated.  The cats have their own room and so do the dogs.  I bought some Jackson Galaxy "Bully Solution."  A flower essence that is suppose to help Boxer not "own" everything and be cool with things.  I've only put it on once and not around the dogs.  I've heard mixed reviews with it, but I've found it difficult to find any answers as how to handle this kind of situation.  Again, anything anyone can add would be so greatly appreciated.  Thank you in advance. 

We will try to keep you updated with how this all goes.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Boxer and Princess Leia-the Latest News

Hi!  Cat mom here and we are running quite the record here, a post a year.  lol  And I'd say were about due!

Momma Dog Silver


We had another loss in the dog family.  Silver, the mother dog died this past January.  Mammary gland cancer.  Silver was like the glue that held the family together and kept everyone in check.  Even Daddy Dog Brut.  The loss of him two years ago was shocking for everyone.  Eventually everything smoothed over because Silver was still here and quickly fell apart after she left us.


Boxer sleeping on Silver's blanket after she died.
  

So what does this have to do with the cats, Boxer and Leia?  EVERYTHING!

Boxer has become more of a bully to Princess Leia than he used to be.  Leia has become a nervous wreck and is in the process of licking herself bald because of Boxer.

Boxer has espeically become bossy with wanting to eat Leia's food before she does, but I have been monitoring their meal times and so that may be part of the reason Boxer is acting out towards Leia.

We are using a pharemone diffuser in their room. Which was working great,  Leia's fur was coming back, she seemed less anxious and Boxer had a calm about him.  Then we didn't realize it had run out and we are now right back where we started, except now Leia has even less fur than when we started.

UGH!



So the vet gave us some calming chews to help get Leia'a anxiety and constant licking under control.  As well as adding a Laxatone to help aid in eliminating the huge hairball that must be sitting in her stomach due to her constant grooming.  Cross your fingers it works.

We are trying to brainstorm ways to help Leia's anxiousness and Boxer's bullying and help restore some calm.  Anybody have any ideas?  We'd love to hear them!