(Bizarro is one of our favorite comic strips!)
The recent suicide of comic genius Robin Williams has gotten a lot people talking about depression and keeping a closer eye on friends and relations who suffer from depression. But what about our cats, do they sometimes get depressed?
Well, they do. Generally feline depression can be overcome fairly quickly. So many things can trigger it. A death in the family (and that can be family with two feet and no tail, or four feet and a tail) is a big one. Cats can mourn anywhere from a few hours or days, to weeks into months. Any big changes to the home can be a trigger. If your cat feels neglected depression can set in.
Many years ago when we brought Torti home, our other tortoiseshell cat Tasha, let out a cry that was more like a wail a heartbreaking sound that we’d never heard before or ever heard again. It was as if she thought she was being replaced with another cat that looked like her, but was younger. It took loving work, but Tasha snapped out of it a week later and the two girls became inseparable until they both crossed The Rainbow Bridge.
Here are some of the warning signs that Kitty is depressed:
- Not eating at all or eating much less than usual is number one.
- Not grooming is probably the second sign that something is wrong (either depression or illness)
- Hiding. Not engaging with you or the other cats.
- Your cat could start to sleep noticeably more.
- Your cat could become very quiet, not meowing, or purring.
- On the flip side of that your cat could start to yowl which is comparable to us sobbing.
- Walking with tail and head down, whiskers seem to droop,
- They may become aggressive towards you or others in the home. They might hiss or bite, or swat.
- They might stop using the litter box for either pooping or peeing, perhaps even both.
- The cat may use the litter box but might not bury their droppings.
- Loss of interest in toys, and affection from you.
Here is how Cat Faeries can help you to help your depressed cat.
A Ball of Twine, a calming music CD created just for cats to be played while you are not at home. The composer has studied the effects of sound on the brain, heart, and cells of the body so this music is truly medicinal.
Comfort Zone with Feliway – Diffusers can be installed in the room or rooms that this cat spends the most time in. That pheromone was intended to stop cats from peeing outside of the box but when it was created in the late 1990’s it was discovered that it calms cats and snaps them out of funks.
Catnip Mist can be sprayed on your cat’s bedding or favorite resting or hiding places. Most cats find the aroma of catnip hard to resist!
Our flower essence formulas. So many good ones to choose from: Moves and Changes, Calm and Serene, Multi Cat Household, Past Abuse, Forget Me Not (for mourning). One formula can go into the food and/or water bowl while another one is lovingly massaged on the cat’s head and ears.
We are beyond delighted to tell you that you can turn your cat’s water into something with better flavor and something that’s vibrantly healthy – VitaJuwel Gemstone Wands. We have found hand blown glass vials in the shape of a wand filled with gemstones to vitalize water. Each wand is 7 inches long.
In just 7 to 10 minutes in a water bowl or a drinking glass and you’ll have vitalized water imprinted with the healing properties of amethyst, garnet and lots of quartz crystals. The water will hold the imprint of the gemstones for 2 days!
When you place one of the wands in water it will have the same energetic quality and radiance of pure water from a free flowing spring – what a rare treat that is! The flavor is light and absolutely delicious. I’m not sure if I’m imagining this but my drinking water looks clearer.
You’ll get so much millage out of your wand. You can place it in your cat’s water bowl for 7 to 10 minutes, then remove it, rinse it off, and place it in a 6 to 8 ounce glass of water for yourself.
Masuro Emoto, who is famous for his books on water including The Hidden Messages of Water, tested these wands himself. Here you’ll see a photo of regular tap water – not pretty, actually downright ugly and scary! The photo next to it is a photo of water that was vitalized with a VitaJuwel vial/wand which is beautiful and healthy looking, a lovely snowflake!
More giddy excitement from Cat Faeries: We are the first flower essence producer work to with the VitaJuwel Gemstone Wands to enhance the water we use in every bottle of our flower essences thus taking our work and the effectiveness of our flower essences to new heights!
We’ve already begun using this enhanced water in our unique formulas for cats, and our single essences which allow you to create your own formulas. If you haven’t checked out our single flower essences they are listed below the cat formulas. You’ll get double-duty healing with our flower essences with vitalized water from VitaJuwel wands!
Who doesn’t want to see their cats and themselves live long and very healthy lives?
Cat Faeries are innovation leaders in all things healthy and natural, and we love taking you and your cats to a whole new level of health, longevity, and consciousness. Get your VitaJuwel Gemstone Wand today and transform your water!
Eat your vegetables! Make friends with hamsters and bunnies! Be nice to those mice! And put your toys away!
Well now, most cats just simply won’t be told what to do, but that’s ok, we’ve got a great grab bag (our surprise, we’ll choose!) of catnip play toys which will give any cat many healthy romps around the house chasing them!
Order our grab bag assortment of 4 toys and we’ll have big fun picking them out. Until the mail person comes you won’t know what the cat faerie waved her wand over to surprise! Mysteries and surprises are FUN! And because we are Cat Faeries there might even be something brand-spankin-new which no one has seen yet!
The grab bag of 4 toys is marked down on the website. Buy as many as you like, and remember you can order just cat toys to get free shipping! This special fun-tastic sale goes through Midnight Monday September 1st in honor of Labor Day, a holiday that no cat can relate to or understand… labor? At what? Cats do not work! But cats will celebrate any holiday – with toys!
Dear Cat Faeries,
We have been letting our cats “play” in the attic area (for some reason, they really want to be in there), and have just discovered they have been doing more than playing in there.
Those naughty kitties! This isn’t surprising, but don’t be angry with them – get your hands on a few bottles of our Anti Icky Poo urine cleaner (on sale now) which will get rid of the urine and odor.
I feel the reason they do this is that the smells up there are intriguing, and they know you don’t go up there often. It’s similar with basements or garages, or crawl spaces. Also those rooms don’t always have the insulation that other rooms of your house have so smells from outside waft in. Sometimes what your cat smells are from animals who are traveling through your yard or garden (and doing their business there too).
Another reason they suddenly want to go into your attic is that you’ve got mice or rats. You’ve either got them now or you recently had them. The smells of their little bodies and nests, plus their droppings can lure cats to such rooms or spaces in the house. When your cat can access where mice or rats have been they like to pee on top of those odors.
You might set rodent traps. What will dictate the type of trap you buy will depend on your view of trapping mice. Some people like what’s known as a humane trap so they release the mice to a field. Other people want The Terminator Method. Because the Hanta Virus carried by mice scares me, we like The Rat Zapper which your local hardware store probably carries or can order for you. The Rat Zapper can be used indoors and outdoors.
When you set any type of traps make sure that the room/area is completely closed off to your cats, dogs, and children.
Here’s Cat Faeries fail-safe bait recipe for any type of trap:
1 cookie (it can be stale)
1 bit of peanut butter (“the glue” for the next two crucial components)
1 Macadamia nut (mice and rats cannot resist them)
1 small piece of black licorice (they adore this too)
Have you ever noticed your cats staring at heater vents? Or worse, peeing on them? The heat ducts in your home are highways for mice! And yes, you may pour Anti Icky Poo down a heater vent – it’s not flammable. Just turn off the heat for the day or few days you are treating it with Anti Icky Poo.
So now we have yet another reason to have Anti Icky Poo always on hand. If you don’t have any more why not order a few fresh bottles?
Our Catnip Indian Corn is brand new and it’s on sale until Monday (August 18th) at 25% off!
This is the purrfect toy to get all cats and kittens ready for Autumn’s long awaited nip in the air! And as always, this toy is filled with our legendary super-potent catnip.
FREE SHIPPING WHEN YOU ORDER ONLY CAT TOYS!