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******* Re: Pet meds**** Ame Sans Vie

Posted by Liligoth on October 22, 2003, at 21:57:16

In reply to Re: Pet meds Liligoth, posted by Ame Sans Vie on October 17, 2003, at 6:28:18


Hi Ame Sans Vie, sorry this reply took a while I hadnt checked the board for a few days.
I have heard of prozac also for cats but myj vet doesnt prescribe it (dont know why - they are not very forthcoming there)
Ok, it's my cat not my dog on clomipramine so my experience will be a bit more helpful. This cat was rescued by me a few years ago. I have known it from kittenhood & she is now about 15yrs old. She has always had a precarious mental stability & had regular bouts of bizarre & destructive behaviour. We got a kitten & she got even worse than her normal nuttiness - growling at us & biting if we tried to go near her (she had never done this before), bad self-mutilation, hatred (but no violence) towards the kitten, toilet wherever she felt like it (not on the furniture thank god because she has done that before) etc.
The clomipramine *Works* well on 5mg it didnt last at the initial dose of 2.5mg. There is no weird effect on her behaviour & these drugs (she has also been prescribed valium many years ago to good effect) do work for them in a similar way to us from what I have observed & because they are prescribed for the same conditions & imagine therefore that the side effects are similar.
Side effects - hard to tell as she is getting old anyway but I think she is too sedated on a dose of 5mg. She doesnt keep herself clean, she isnt as interested in food, but she is ok with us & the kitten & behaves normally.
I guess it like us that we always have to make a trade off between how effective the meds are for us & the side effects.
Good luck with your cat - as she is your familiar I suppose you wouldnt want her too sedated but as she doesnt sound very severe then a lower dose may do the trick. I am very close to my new kitten (had her for a year now) & I consider her my familiar too (though I dont practice anything). Let me know how it goes & if you have any more questions or want to discuss it.
cheers,
lili


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