|Purred: Mon Apr 30, '12 6:32pm PST |
|Everyone: I'm so sorry for the lack of responses. Things have been pretty rough lately...
A mobile vet came to look at Dylan. She did bloodwork, urine, fecal, etc, and it looked great. She is 99% certain Dylan has a VERY severe case of Hypersthesia. He has almost every symptom in the book, though his is less grooming-compulsive and more, unfortunately, aggressive-compulsive.
He has been having episodes almost daily, now. I have worked hard to integrate lots of play therapy with a wand, and have Feliway diffusers all over the house. There is rescue remedy in all the water bowls. The slightest little thing sets him off, now, though. Yesterday, it was because I dropped a single potato chip on the floor. The day before that, it was because I simply walked into the house from outside.
Now that I know it's most likely a very serious case of hypersthesia, though, there's just not much that can be done from a behavior perspective, because the problem seems to be mainly neurological. I can't stop walking around in my house (which also sets him off, sometimes). I've already stopped having friends over. My boyfriend and I are walking on eggshells. I would isolate him in the living room, but the stress of being behind a closed door has, lately, made things even worse for him.
I know people on this forum aren't too keen on using drugs to manage a difficult cat...but the mobile vet has suggested a regimen of Prozac. The fact of the matter is, Dylan was managing great on Clomipramine for a long time...and then it just stopped working. Same with the Amytriptiline, which worked for a year and then just stopped. I know that almost all cats with severe hypersthesia DO require drug intervention...maybe Dylan just builds up a resistance to these. Maybe the Prozac will work.
I feel so sad and lost right now. As soon as I can save up the money, I'm going to try the acupuncture the mobile vet recommended. I don't want to put Dylan to sleep. I love him dearly...I feel like I'm doing everything I can, and I feel like everything I can do is not enough. I've already severely altered my life and asked my boyfriend to live with a cat that has tried to attack him several times...I just wish there were an easy answer.
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