Anti-anxiety Medication for Cats - Buzzle
If your cat becomes distressed during travel, medication is certainly an option. However, individual cats can act very differently to sedatives and anti-anxiety medications. Selecting the right medication for any individual is not always easy. You also need to be aware that medication may not last for the entire duration of your plane trip and therefore should not be used as an alternative to the behavior therapy approaches discussed above. Your cat will still need to be prepared for its travel by being introduced carefully to the carrier and the feline facial scent might also be used within the carrier to make the journey less stressful. This applies to long car journeys as well as plane travel. If you feel that medication is necessary because of the severity of your cat’s reaction to travel, you will need to discuss this in detail with your veterinarian. It may be useful to use a trial dose prior to traveling to determine the effects that it has on your cat as well as the optimum dose. Although sedatives can reduce motion sickness and may help your cat to sleep through the trip, they do not reduce anxiety and may pose some risk for cats that are elderly or have heart or other underlying illnesses. Anti-anxiety drugs and natural compounds that reduce anxiety are another option you might discuss with your veterinarian. They are a better choice for reducing anxiety but may not reduce motion sickness and are not as effective for sedation (see Medications and Consent Form and Medication – Complementary).
Effexor is a human antidepressant that comes in a capsule. For an unknown reason, cats seem inclined to enjoy eating these. One capsule can be enough to result in severe toxicity in a cat, causing a high heart rate, agitation, aggression, sedation, seizures, and possibly death. Other antidepressants and antianxiety medications can have similar effects in cats.
Fluoxetine is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI's). Fluoxetine affects chemicals in the brain that cause depression, panic, anxiety, or obsession-compulsion. Fluoxetine is a prescription medication used in dogs and cats for the treatment of canine aggression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Fluoxetine is available as 10mg tablets and 20mg capsules. The usual dose is dependant on the condition being treated and the animal's response to treatment. It may take up to 3 or 4 weeks before the medication becomes effective.Anti-anxiety medications are often given to cats in order to negate the stress felt during major events such as long-distance travel and recovery from major surgery. Anti-anxiety drugs can also be used for training and behavioral modification in extreme circumstances. Although these drugs are very effective for their intended purpose, they can have some side effects that cat owners should be aware of prior to using such medication on their pet.Well, yes and no to that simple question. In addition to treating any underlying medical conditions such as or directly, additional therapy with anti-anxiety medications can also be helpful. Currently none of these drugs are approved for use in cats, and consequently are used off label. These are prescription drugs and all have significant potential side effects. Use of most of these medications require blood tests at regular intervals to evaluate for these side effects. Sedation is often seen as a side effect especially when the medication is first started. The goal of treatment is to reduce the anxiety, and fear that the cat is experiencing in order to stop urine marking and eliminating outside of the litter box. Sometimes not only the cat who is missing the litter box but also another cat in the household (usually the dominant cat) will require medication to reduce negative interactions that trigger the marking. These medications must be used under your veterinarian's supervision- DO NOT give any of your own anti-anxiety medications to your cat!Triflupromazine is one of the most effective anti-anxiety meds for cats. In the USA, this medication is sold under the brand Vetame. Triflupromazine-containing tablets and Vetame injections quickly relieve the anxiety and uncontrolled hyperactivity of cats.