We wanted to thank everyone for their very kind comments concerning our favorite formerly feral feline. Mica Minnie Moo's appearance is a bit shocking and the mom feels a little disconcerted about it. We haven't done an update on her for a while, so purrhaps its time for one.
MMM has been on kitty Prozac for about 3 weeks now. It took some time to find a non-stressful way of pilling her. The usual push-it-down her throat method was very stressful and she found it when hidden in any kind of food. Our previous Minnie, Minnie Pumpkin, could find pills in Pill Pockets so we were dubious about using them. But this Minnie scarfs the salmon favored ones down, pill and all, and its become her nightly treat.
Some of her behavior has changed. She doesn't hiss or growl at Carl anymore. However, he has learned she is basically a coward, so he chases her occasionally. The mom separates them for the day by putting him in with Julie, so now he knows to avoid her after he's chased MMM.
MMM loves to be scratched and usually holds onto the mom's arm or taps her when she tries to stop scratching her. She gave the mom a couple love bites recently - a first. It was sweet because she was so tentative; not sure if she should or not, or how it would be received. It made the mom's day. But MMM seems to spend more time by herself, and the mom wondered if anyone else noticed this with Prozac cats.
That stupid licking continues! It drives the mom crazy cause she will rub her temples raw and bloody. Its almost more out of boredom or habit she does this, and the mom tries to distract her with play. She hoped coconut oil would soothe MMM's skin, but she just cleans it off, its just one more excuse to lick. We'll give her another couple weeks to see if the licking subsides and keep giving her coconut oil orally in the meantime.
Its strange how far MMM has come in the almost 3 years we've had her, yet how little she has progressed in other ways. The mom can't hand her the Pill Pocket. MMM knows its her nightly treat and she looks forward to it, but the mom can't approach her with it. It has to be rolled towards MMM or it has to be put down and the mom then needs to back off. Purrhaps it could be used as a teaching tool, holding it out or approaching a little closer each day.
MMM's never had a bad experience with beans since she has been adopted, and she's never been punished or struck. We would think she would have developed more trust by now. We know its because she was on her own, and it must have been a long while. Yet she likes being petted and snuggling up, so she must have had some exposure to peeps when she was young. Purrhaps she was abused in some way. She just mystifies the mom, and the mom wishes she could figure her out. Anyone with any ideas out there? We'd really appreciate any insights.
Anyway, this is a long post, and its time to for the weekend to start! Have a great weekend, dear furriends, and stay safe!