Extremely stressed, anxious and fearful cats remain in animal shelters longer, and some never get adopted. A study published in May in the Journal of the American Veterinary Association explored the use of the drug gabapentin, which has been shown to have anti-anxiety effects in cats, combined with behavior modification therapy. A group of 32 cats rescued from hoarding situations and placed in an animal shelter received either behavior modification therapy only or behavior modification therapy paired with gabapentin. Cats who got both behavioral therapy and gabapentin made faster progress behaviorally and showed fewer signs of stress.
Anti-Anxiety Drug Helpful for Shelter Cats
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