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Q: Good cat tranquilizer pill and fur trimmer?

August 11, 2008 | By Ekicks83 | 3 answers | Expired: 2063 days ago

Good cat tranquilizer pill and fur trimmer?

I have a cat, Walter, who is a bit of a psycho. He is on Clomicalm because he would not stop going #1 AND #2 on the carpet and he is doing much better with this issue, but now he is a complete "stoner" cat. He is lazy, won't groom himself, and just likes to lay around chewing on plastic. However, when we try to brush him (his fur gets mats quickly because he doesn't groom himself) he gets very violent. I have read about other members who have their cat on Clomicalm plus a tranquilizer to chill them out a bit when needed. Does anyone have any good cat tranquilizers to recommend? Also, my vet recommends shaving off the mats. Does anyone have a good trimmer they recommend? What have your experiences been with Clomicalm?

*In response to the recent answers: Thank you for your advice. I have discussed this issue with my vet, but she told me that they don't have any more options for me and the only thing I can do is have him euthanized. I think this is a premature and simple solution to the problem. I have read about others who have their cats on Clomicalm and a tranquilizer. I just want to know specifically, which tranquilizers any users on here are using in conjunction with Clomicalm, so I can ask my vet to prescribe it. They refuse to recommend any to me and basically tell me "there is nothing else you can do." I don't see why trying another pill that works for others wouldn't be a more desirable option than killing Walter.

As for the trimmer, when I asked the vet if they recommended any trimmers, they said, "any would work fine." So, I am trying to get recommendations from people on here who routinely shave or trim their long-haired cats. Advice from people with experience with similar issues, aside from "discuss this with your vet," would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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Heather
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Aug 12, 2008

Clearly you took the advise here, and ended up worse off than before. I would have given the same advise, but now I am going to suggest you change vets (or at least get a second opinion). There are plenty of kitties like yours out there, and people like you that are willing to give them a home and do the best you can for them are few and far between. I applaud your efforts, trying to find a solution to your situation. If you look around, you will probably find a vet that is willing to anesthetize him to shave him, then hopefully work with you to find a better combination of medications to help him behave more normally. Good luck! I would really like to hear what happens with the poor guy. It sounds like you are both having a time of it.
Oh, I do not recommend trying to clip a somewhat feral cat on your own by the way. Even regular cats will sometimes go nuts if they haven't had it done before.

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Jessica H.
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Aug 11, 2008

I strongly recommend you discuss this issue with your veterinarian as your vet knows your pet's current and previous medical history to know which drugs will and will not be appropriate to prescribe for this behavior.

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Ethel02
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Aug 12, 2008

Only a Vet should tell you what tranquilizer is safe for your cat, and if he can't be groomed enough to keep the mats out ask the Vet or Vet tech if they know of a good trimmer for your cat,they have them in all the pet stores I don't need one so I don't know what is good but I know mats are uncomfortabe

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