While living outside, Stellar was my most care free, laid back kitty. I usually could call him home if he was within ear shot. He would happily lope through the yard meowing to me. Each evening he would want me to come out and visit. He also loved to be held. When I first started allowing him time inside the house, he was a bit uneasy. Yet he followed Shadow’s lead and seemed quite content. He would walk around, play and even settled in a cat bed for a quick nap. My only concern on bringing him inside was that he was the wanderer. He liked to go out for short jaunts at night and have his alone time (under the neighbors screened porch!) a few hours during the day. I worried he would miss his freedom.
Since being inside, he has lost many of his endearing behaviors. I can best describe him as dull. The look on his face is dull, his coat looks dull and he moves slowly when I am around. He no longer meows and he doesn’t want me to hold him. He does eat well and uses the litter box just fine. I can just tell that he is not happy. During the day, he will sleep on the love seat or hide in the bottom of the apartment. Many times when I would come in for a visit, he would not come out to see me. At times I could coax him out, but I could tell that was not going to be in my best interest as he started to further retreat.
Before the mobile vet visit, he was starting to come out more and more often. He would play a bit with a string and at night he and Shadow had some play time. Yet, after the vet visit, he took 3 giant steps back. He would face the inside of the apartment and not even look at me. It was so sad to see. Hampton of course was worried and he too thought he should hide. Shadow was fine and remained happy and content!
I had tried Composure liquid max as well as Composure treats. He refused the food I mixed the liquid into and did not like the treats either. A friend ( hi Laura!) recommended Zylkene. It is a calming supplement for stressful situations. It comes in a capsule that can be pilled or opened and sprinkled into wet food. It is tasteless. I have used this on Stellar for 3 days now. It is starting to make a difference.
The first day, he seemed calmer and slept on the love seat during the day instead of in the apartment. The second day, each time I came into the room, he jumped down or came out to see me. He wanted pets and brushing. Yesterday was the third day and he did the same, but also started to play. Another noticeable improvement was his relationship with Shadow. They had always been best buds, with Shadow grooming Stellar many times each day. Stellar just loved this. Since being inside, I have only seen Stellar accept the grooming a few times. Yesterday, Stellar allowed a 20 minute grooming session! He and Shadow also had numerous play sessions during the night. His eyes are still not fully bright, but I am seeing a brightening.
My plan is to continue using this daily until after the move. I really want my sweet, bright eyed boy back! I know this will all take time and each new adventure will cause some sort of a set back as it is the feral cat way.