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Re: E.T. update

Most likely, as hormone levels subside and with longer familiarity, I bet ET will eventually fit in.. Dreyfuss may never completely trust him, but will learn to live with it without being terrified. In fact ET's aggressiveness, may include, to his mind playfulness and he can't see why Dreyfuss doesn't "play" along. As time goes on, he'll learn to tone it down.

Buster's situation was similar, not actually the same. He had been around here for several months. I don't recall if I had had the chance to nueter him, but I don't think I did. He was an adult cat - I'd guess 3 or 4 yrs old, judging by the hefty amount of scar tissue around his jaw line. If he were just attacking the cats, I would work on it, but he attacked me. I was scared of him. You couldn't tell from one minute to the next what he would do. The vet alluded to disease that affects the brain and behavior this way, though I don't recall specifics. His advice was to put him down since there were just too many problems including the fact that I'm single, away from home all day, unable to monitor things and the fact that I do not have unlimited funds to follow this through. Combine that with the possible endangerment of my cats and other neighbor cats, I had to agree. It was a shame because at times he was quite sweet. I don't take putting an animal down lightly, or use it as a matter of convenience, but sometimes, there just are no viable alternatives.

One other thing, you wrote
We've had E.T. for more than a month
I thought you'd been writing about him here for much longer than that - haven't you?

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "DP" <pulis@mindspring.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, June 08, 2008 3:50 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] E.T. update

When I had Diesel in to the vet last week, he said, "E.T. has got to go"
because of the stress level.  This was a last chance.

Interestingly, he's learned not to swipe at Dreyfuss (the dog) in the last
couple of days. In fact, E.T. has been a gentleman towards Dreyfuss, and
even tried to cuddle with Dreyfuss today,though Dreyfuss is still terrified
of ET.

How did it work out with Buster?   Did you have to put him down?

All of our guys are neutered - ET most recently, about a month ago.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, June 08, 2008 1:27 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] E.T. update

A lot of us might read the word, Psychic, with a bit of scepticism, but
when we have problems with our furry families, we sometimes have to look
to more unconventional  sources because the little ones can't always
explain thier issues.

Your results were surprising, especially in light of the fact that you
only provided photos.

I had a stray cat that presented similar behavior years ago; called him
Buster, as I frequently had to say "Watch it, Buster", because he'd go
after one of my other cats with no provocation.  By himself he was a
sweetheart. It got really scary one day when I had to save Orangecat from
him.  Buster, a full-grown 14 pounder, actually climbed me to get at OC.
I presented the situation to the vet and he felt it was advisable to put
Buster down because of the danger he posed to other animals.

I'm not suggesting you put ET down, just relating a similar experience. I
hope you can solve his dilemma.  He is neutered isn't he?

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "DP" <pulis@mindspring.com>
To: "gardenchat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, June 08, 2008 12:39 PM
Subject: [CHAT] E.T. update

We've had E.T. for more than a month, and things haven't been going very
When he gets into the house, he goes straight for Diesel, and he tries to
at both cats through the screens when they're out on the porch.

So - I brought pictures of all the boys to an animal psychic yesterday.
It was
interesting. The psychic knew that Dreyfuss (the dog) had trouble
wasn't in pain, but didn't know why he couldn't walk well, and that he
easily from it. Dreyfuss has bad nerves in his spine (presumably
Daschund-spine related, even though he's not a purebred. ) The vet says
he's not in pain, but he has trouble coordinating his feet, and often
and goes down now.

The animal psychic said that E.T. was only bullying because he was
- that acting first was how he survived being on his own for so long.
(And he
is truly a battle-scarred veteran, though the pictures didn't show that).
made some suggestions about giving ET a job (garden watchdog) and giving
more time to adapt. He also said that ET was embarrassed and confused
that he
had no hair (though it didn't really show in the photos that he'd been

He told me that Diesel was not ill, but was stressed and needed extra
attention. That confirmed what the vet had told me last week. He also
suggestions about what Diesel said would make him more comfortable.

We'll see.

It was an interesting experience.


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