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VALIUM FOR CATS??

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FOREST

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Purred: Tue Jul 1, '08 7:42am PST 
My big brother Desert just whent to his new forever home on Sunday. Today mommy heard that he is crying all night and keeping the new humans up they don't want him anymorecry

Mommy has friends who might be willing to take him but she wants to make sure that they don't return him all this stress can't be good for him.

Is it ok to give a cat valium or prozac or adavan or is there something that can be used to help him relax?? It's a Holiday here in Canada and I can't call his vet.

PLEASE HELP mommy is afriad she will have to bring him to the SPCA
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Binks

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Purred: Tue Jul 1, '08 8:08am PST 
Valium does not always work on cats the same way it does on humans. Sometimes it can even have the opposite effect. It didn't work for Binks at all. He has panic attacks at night, paces around, cries - it was waking me up several times a night and my husband was getting seriously cranky about the situation since he has to get up early and go to work. The words "it's me or the cat" came up several times.

Did Desert cry like that at your house? Could it be that he is just adjusting to his new situation? If so, Rescue Remedy or Feliway (or both) might work. As well as finding someone who will be patient with him as he adjusts. If it's the right home, they will understand that he might need a little time to feel comfortable in his new environment... especially since he's had several changes in his life lately.

When Binks' problem was at its worst, I consulted a feline behavioral specialist who suggested the following: Playing with him for 30 minutes before bed time, providing a rotating variety of toys he can play with by himself, using Rescue Remedy and Feliway, and ignoring the crying (no positive reinforcement or negative, both of which tell him that his behavior will get him attention). I was told that if you do all of these that the behavior would slowly go away over the course of two or three weeks. Unfortunately, I was not in a position to ignore his behavior as my husband was about to declare war on Binks and I was stuck in the middle, loving both of them, understanding my husband's frustration, but not about to give Binks away. So, I had to turn to the vet for medical help.

If it's not just a transition issue for Desert and it truly is a behavior that you have experienced with him prior to adopting him out, then you might try Paxil. That's what Binks is now on. He is on a super-low dose (5 mg every third day) and it has made such a difference. They did try Valium first but, other than making him a bionic loving kitty machine for a few hours (which still kept me awake), he did not stop his pacing, howling, crying, or any of the other behavior he had been doing.

He still wakes me up once a night on Paxil, usually around 4:00 or so when the birds start chirping, but if I feed him large quantities of his favorite pouch food, he'll leave me alone until my small human wakes me up in the morning. So, in the end, he trained me, but my husband can sleep all night and has a more loving relationship with Binks.

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Midnight Son

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Purred: Tue Jul 1, '08 10:26am PST 
Please do not give a narcotic without proper supervision by a qualified Vet ...The dosages are so much different than for humans...and reactions can be fatal....

An alternative that is safe and natural is Rescue Remedy..It can be found at the health food store..Rub some on your hands and massage the mouth and nose area as well as the top of the head while speaking in a quiet calming voice..You can also put a few drops in the drinking water...

Feliway in the room is also a calming agent for nervous cats..It can be found at the better pet food stores..It comes as a spray or a plug in....

and as always a vet check is in order to rule out a medical condition
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Binks

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Purred: Tue Jul 1, '08 10:54am PST 
Of course, the medication that Binks is taking was prescribed by his vet and he is getting regular check-ups and blood work to make sure that he is not having any negative side effects from the medication. We tried both rescue remedy and Feliway, which did not work. Medication, for us, was the final option when nothing else worked, but was only utilized under veterinary care.

When I spoke of possible medications, I didn't mean that you would use your own or any one else's medication on the kitty, but would go to a vet who could assess the situation and prescribe the correct medication and dosage - if any is needed. I also recommended rescue remedy and Feliway, along with other solutions to try first. Sorry if I did not clarify that.
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Ben

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Purred: Tue Jul 1, '08 2:15pm PST 
He just needs time to adjust. Of course he is scared, being in a strange place with strange people.

I don't understand why the people he's with now would refuse to give him time to get to know them, but if they're rejecting him for being afraid then maybe he'd be better off with someone else.
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FOREST

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Purred: Tue Jul 1, '08 3:19pm PST 
Hi Ben,

My mommy agreed with you and whent right away to get him. He is back home now and other than being a little dehydrated he is doing fine. He already wants out but mommy has decided to keep us all in for the night make sure we have good access to water and cool ( It's a scortcher out there today).

Thank you every one for your input. I really apreciated it. I will inform who ever I find as new owners that he will need time and patients. I had thought I made it clear that he has a tendancy to talk. I guess some people only hear what they want to. shrug

Once I get his page back then I will put him back up for adoption. Hope fully I will find someone eventually.

Thanks againwave
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Bogey

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Purred: Thu Jul 3, '08 5:35am PST 
midnight - I know what you were trying to say but valium is not a narcotic. It is in a completely different drug classification. I'm telling you that so others won't be confused.
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Chibi

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Purred: Thu Jul 3, '08 5:48am PST 
Valium is a minor tranquilizer of the benzodiazepine family, the same as Xanax. Prozac is an antidepressant in the SSRI (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) family, which includes Paxil and Zoloft. Both are human drugs used for cats with behavioral and psychological problems, but they are completely unrelated medications. Valium is ordinarily effective upon the first dosage; Prozac and the other SSRIs (as well as the older, tricyclic antidepressants) ordinarily take longer--up to weeks--to become effective. None of these drugs are narcotics. As other posters have noted, the only drugs that should be given to a cat are those prescribed by a vet. It is also recommended that when your cat is prescribed a drug that you don't understand, you look it up on the Internet, at a place like Wikipedia that has fairly straightforward explanations.
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Sally Maria- (Mama's- Angel)

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Purred: Thu Jul 3, '08 9:28am PST 
My mother's cat took Prozac for a couple of years when she was younger. She was VERY agressive and had attacked a couple of people, including a plumber and a carpet cleaner. She was very vicious towards me, leaving me with bloody hands that almost needed stitches on many occasions. We took her to see a behaviorist and he prescribed Prozac for her to help with the agression and acting out. She was taken off of it when it started to effect her liver. Her behavior has been modified with training and techniques the behaviorist taught us, but she will still lash out without warning. In her case, Prozac worked because, without it, she would have been taken to the Humane Society and most likely pts because of her behavioral issues.
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DESERT

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Purred: Thu Jul 3, '08 1:43pm PST 
Please don't anyone think that mom would give me any meds with out a vets go ahead and perscription.

It's just that when the people were wanting to give me back it was a holiday here in Canada and all the vets were closed mom wanted information so that she would have an idea on what could be done for me.

But as you see she decided that it was best to come get me immediatly. She still beleives that all I needed was time love and patients. (I'm part siamese - I talk and am a little highstrung)

Still hoping to find my forever home.wave
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