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Old February 19th, 2013, 06:46 PM
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Deaf Cat Howl - Rescue Remedy?

Has anybody used Rescue Remedy successfully to thwart deaf cat howl? I googled and found folks using it for different stresses in cats but nothing specifically for the howl. Or anything else you have tried and works?
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Old February 19th, 2013, 07:12 PM
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Well I dont have cats but I do use the rescue remedy with my little guys, especially when going to the groomers or a vet visit; I give it to guero more, as he seems to be more nervous about everything.

You could try it and see if it works, it wont hurt your kitty either way or maybe look through the different bach flowers and make your own mix.
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Old February 19th, 2013, 07:31 PM
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I use Flower essences on Sasha and they work really well. Whenever she has injured herself I have given her some and she has recovered very quickly.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 09:40 AM
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Has anybody used Rescue Remedy successfully to thwart deaf cat howl? I googled and found folks using it for different stresses in cats but nothing specifically for the howl. Or anything else you have tried and works?
Does he howl louder than a cat that can hear? I am thinking of using something that vibrate , the cat could feel this and that may help him relax.
Deaf people loves to play music really LOUD so they can feel the vibration . There are clocks that vibrate , you could put it under a blanket for the cat. Cats do love to sleep with other cats and the vibration would feel like a cat purring.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 09:55 AM
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We are already using vibrations and she can still hear a bit so we can yell. But neither of these is fun in the middle of the night when we're trying to sleep.

YES, SHE HOWLS LOUDER THAN A CAT THAT CAN HEAR. But not always, sometimes she mutters to herself. We are sure there is a certain amount of dementia as well.

I googled some more last night and there is a vibrating anti-bark collar device for dogs that some have put under the cat's bed (too big for cats) and it activates with barking. So I wonder if a dog e-collar that vibrates, with remote, might help us at night.

I'm also going to look at the DAP diffusers used for dogs. I guess I need a CAP diffuser.


Sigh, we actually have two deaf cats with deaf cat howl. But the other one howls much less frequently and not at night.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 11:24 AM
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I'm also going to look at the DAP diffusers used for dogs. I guess I need a CAP diffuser.
You mean Feliway? I have a hard-of-hearing (not totally deaf yet) nighttime howler myself and while the Feliway diffusers have worked great for other things, they haven't helped with the yowling. Hopefully you'll have better luck!
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Old February 20th, 2013, 12:07 PM
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We are already using vibrations and she can still hear a bit so we can yell. But neither of these is fun in the middle of the night when we're trying to sleep.

YES, SHE HOWLS LOUDER THAN A CAT THAT CAN HEAR. But not always, sometimes she mutters to herself. We are sure there is a certain amount of dementia as well.

I googled some more last night and there is a vibrating anti-bark collar device for dogs that some have put under the cat's bed (too big for cats) and it activates with barking. So I wonder if a dog e-collar that vibrates, with remote, might help us at night.

I'm also going to look at the DAP diffusers used for dogs. I guess I need a CAP diffuser.


Sigh, we actually have two deaf cats with deaf cat howl. But the other one howls much less frequently and not at night.


Get a hearing aid for her! Joking! Gee this is a tough one , if your cat enjoys feeling vibrations, I wonder if a vibrating anti-bark collar device would stop her from howling . Would she still howl if she slept in your bedroom at night?
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Old February 21st, 2013, 01:19 PM
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Hi Longblades!

Just posting to put a 'bug in your ear'.....I'm familiar with the 'deaf cat howling' syndrome, but I thought I'd mention this to you - something to consider/put-in-your-back-pocket-sort-of-thing - perhaps a consideration for her next annual checkup.

You haven't mentioned her age, but you did dementia - so, perhaps she is getting up there. Now, night howling in older cats is frequently enough associated with hyperthyroidism and hypertension. Here's a useful page from one of the absolute-all-time-best online resources - look at "Howling, Especially at Night": http://www.felinecrf.org/symptoms_tr...ts_index.htm#H

Certainly not to be disregarded.......
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Old February 21st, 2013, 03:05 PM
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Thanks RUSTY cat. Ginger is 20. This howling has been going on for a couple of years. It's only recently it has been all night. Before she'd howl as she settled in for the night but sleep through. We have been doing senior blood panels and the only thing showing is early stage kidney failure. She has considerable arthritis going on which we address with Cartrophen Vet and that works wonders for her. She only this past summer stopped bounding to the top of her cat stand. She can still get up on furniture and a nice sunny 30 inch high window ledge. The annual Vet appt. is due soon and I will ask about hyperthyroidism and hypertension in light of the increase in howling.

I bought some Rescue Remedy today and will try it tonight. The lady at the health food store says it relieves stress in her cat but her cat isn't howling.

Barkingdog, Ginger sleeps in my sewing room/laundry room. Unfortunately she has always been a very crabby cat and does not like the other three cats we have. ONe of them actively dislikes her back. This has been going on for 15 years so there's nothing we can do about it now. Ginger chose the room she sleeps in and it's safer for her. The other cat will attack her. We have to keep them apart, especially now that Ginger is quite deaf.
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