However, there are new varieties that we've tried, and also, what was once a lick of the essence 1-2x's per day, is now more x's per day.
Originally, it served a good purpose, because it helped him to accept the kitten into the house. But, now it does not serve a purpose.
I like the idea of biscuits. Maybe the cat feeder can have a biscuit on them, and give 1/2 to him in place of the container to lick.
I'll have to make them, though, as I don't usually see treats that I can handle. If they aren't gluten, they have soy in them, etc. I'll nose around to see if anything has come up. The ones that I used to use aren't made anymore.
Yes, he goes out a lot on a normal day, but this was a lot more. His intestinal issue wasn't from cat food, though. We suspect that he ate chicken manure on some hay, or it was caused by one of the plants that he grabbed. Dogs have always eaten some plants, but only a couple of times has any one gotten sick, such as the time that our colored bull ate peach leaves.
Pretty much he acts the way that Charlie does with Boy with my Ds. Same as Tango did, etc. What is it about our sons? They are great people and all that, but it's a little on the ridiculous side. At least with mine...
The only people food that Krypto eats are plain yogurt - goat, maybe 3 x's a week, which seems to agree with him just fine, and a few pieces of plain popcorn, made in an air popper, so not even any oil on it, for training treats. He gets so little people food that he doesn't even think of it as food. I gave him a carrot once, but he looked at me like I was nuts, lol!
That said, I wouldn't try him on meat. I'm pretty sure that he would know that was food! As well as Dh's bread. He puts his nose in the air when Dh has a sandwich, and...hey, wait a minute! If I cut a piece of Dh's gf bread...nothing bad in it at all...into many small squares, and dried it until hard, that could become dog treats aka replacements for the cat containers! Hmmm, that would work. And, be affordable. I could put the extra in a Tupperware-type container if dried well enough, or store some in the freezer once dried. Hah! :-)
Yes and no, re: cat box. No, he can't get to the adult cat boxes. They are in the other side of the house, which he's blocked from.
But, the baby has a box, and he could, conceivably, kick some out where Krypto could find it. I've never seen it happen. Like Kitty possibly getting food closer to Charlie, it's possible.
The biggest problem, and this has been since we've had him, is that Tux, and anytime a cat is outside, will go where he goes, and we aren't privy to that information. But, a dog has no problem finding it if they wish. So, no actual litter, but the cat's result is, again, possible.
Yes, I don't want Krypto to take 8 years to accept rain, if possible. I don't see the rain as being a huge problem, but I see the rain at this stage as a problem.
We have the outdoor kitchen off the kitchen door. It's the only non-dirt to step out onto at this point. It is cement. And, there's an overhang.
It may help with the rain, but...
1 - This fear period is a bear. If being outside and listening to rain on a metal roof scares him, that's a problem.
2 - I haven't tried because this is only the 2nd time he's seen more than a drizzle. If you count the drizzle, 3 x's total. At least now we're supposed to get rain for several days, so I can experiment.
3 - Even if he accepts that it's raining, his objection is really when it's falling on him. He didn't like doing his business with it falling on him. While, at the same time, wanting to lick the water off of every surface from plant leaves to pipes. I tried giving him as much fresh water as he would drink before going out but, apparently, outside water tastes better than inside water. Sheesh.
Now that I can take a deep breath, I went back and looked at the calming chews. The ingredients work for me to give him. It's a mix of herbs and other ingredients that I liked. So, it wasn't a bad choice, if one needs something like that. He actually would not need it, unless something like what happened happens ever again. He's fine in the car, etc. I'll probably try them after they come, just so that I'll know if they are even effective for him, that he tolerates them okay, etc. It's probably better to know all of that before something is needed.
I've used calming tablets a couple of times. Once, when we had to move our house, and the dogs, which had never been crated, had to be. Then, heavy equipment came. Momo sent me the tablets, and they were amazing! The dogs never minded anything that happened that day.
Then, when we started going to Konocti to see a dinner show once or twice a year. We had to leave the dogs, of course, but hadn't had Jet long. That poor dog had the worst separation anxiety I'd seen. The other dogs didn't need anything, but the first time that we went, he chewed through a door. After that, I put him in a large wire crate/cage with Boomer, and gave him some calming herbal meds. I don't know how well they worked, but I did it anyway, and the 2 were okay seeming when we got home afterwards.
Well, it's time for my medications, speaking of which. My heart pill etc. shouldn't be late. Thanks for the thoughts. Between your suggestion, and me prattling on about food, we may have a solution to the treat issue! :-)
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