Q: Prozact For Cats?

August 13, 2011 | By Ches21 | 2 answers | Expired: 1627 days ago


Would Prozact work to relax a stressted out cat?

Readers' Answers (2)

Aug 13, 2011

Prozac is used to treat some behavior problems in cats, mainly separation anxiety, spraying, and aggression. It's not without side effects though and must be used under close veterinary supervision. Some side effects include decreased appetite, lethargy, breathing difficulties, increased aggression, vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, and trembling, just to name a few.

Some vets use Diazepam (Valium) as a sedative for cats. It's also used to treat aggression, increase appetite, treat problem spraying, treat convulsions, along with several other uses. It's relatively safe when used as prescribed, but also can have serious side effects.

If your cat is so stressed out that you think it needs medication, you should discuss this with your vet. Drugs are a short term solution to the problem, but they don't fix the problem. They don't fix what's causing the stress, they just sedate the animal to the point that stress is less likely occur. You need to find out what is causing stress in your cat and eliminate the cause of the stress if possible. Work at changing behaviors rather than masking them with drugs through behavior modification and other techniques. Look at the cat's environment and what is going on in that environment. Otherwise, once the drugs are removed from the equation, the behaviors will most likely begin again. And you can't keep kitty drugged for the rest of its life.

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Aug 17, 2011

It can, but I've never thought of it as being a solution. Like Kelly said, all it does it sedate the cat so stress can't elevate. It's a numbing drug basically, and not something I'd consider to add to their quality of life, but decrease it.

The only real solution to decreasing stress in animals is to find the source and either eliminate it or desensitize them to it through positive association of the stimuli. This does take time and dedication, which not every pet owner is willing to afford. Those who don't take the time to help their pet cope, drug them. And in my opinion, that's not responsible guardianship.

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