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post #1 of 28
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Does anyone here have a cat on Prozac? If so, why and has it accomplished what you were trying to achieve?

I recently read in my Catnip newsletter from Tufts University of Veterinarian Medecine that prozac is almost 100% effective at stopping urine marking. I am at my wits end with one of my cats and am willing to try almost anything.

Tufts offers a behavior course that runs $200 before they will tell you which medication your cat should take. I consulted with the vet about this today when I had to take Zan in for her yearly shots. I showed her the newsletter and she wrote down the phone number and called them. She said she never knew that Prozac was used for cats. They told her about the course and said they were very reluctant to give out too much information. With that being said, has anyone ever heard of this behavior course and paid for it?!!
post #2 of 28
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Originally Posted by SophieC View Post
Does anyone here have a cat on Prozac? If so, why and has it accomplished what you were trying to achieve?

I recently read in my Catnip newsletter from Tufts University of Veterinarian Medecine that prozac is almost 100% effective at stopping urine marking. I am at my wits end with one of my cats and am willing to try almost anything.

Tufts offers a behavior course that runs $200 before they will tell you which medication your cat should take. I consulted with the vet about this today when I had to take Zan in for her yearly shots. I showed her the newsletter and she wrote down the phone number and called them. She said she never knew that Prozac was used for cats. They told her about the course and said they were very reluctant to give out too much information. With that being said, has anyone ever heard of this behavior course and paid for it?!!
My daughter's cat is on Prozac and seems to be calmer.
post #3 of 28
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So your daughter's cat is taking it just for the calming effects? No other reason?
post #4 of 28
You are thinking of using Prozac for urine marking? Or what is the situation.....Prozac can have many side effects and is a dependent drug. If you have a behavioral problem, I would recommend a behaviorist before asking your vet to give drugs they are unaware of.
post #5 of 28
I know some members here have cats that are on something like Prozac. Not sure if it is the same brand name. Some will be totally against its use, others swear by it as a lifesaver. Kind of the same responses you hear when you hear about people taking it

It sounds like you have a good vet who is willing to go the extra mile. I haven't heard of any cats having adverse affects. Hopefully those members will pop up soon. I think White Cat Lover was one.

Good luck and let us know how it goes
post #6 of 28
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You are thinking of using Prozac for urine marking? Or what is the situation.....Prozac can have many side effects and is a dependent drug. If you have a behavioral problem, I would recommend a behaviorist before asking your vet to give drugs they are unaware of.
Yes, I am thinking of using Prozac for urine marking. As I said in my original post, I got this information from a newsletter that I subscribe to called Catnip. The newsletter is put out by Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. A reader wrote in about a problem with some of her cats urine marking. In the response, which was by one Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, who happens to be the Animal Behavior Clinic Director at this vet school, one of his suggestions was to "speak to your vet about Prozac (almost 100% effective)".

So in answer to your question again, yes, I am thinking of using Prozac for urine marking.
post #7 of 28
Do not worry about Prozac being a "dependant" drug. I take it every year for seasonal affective disorder. I go off it every spring, and never have to taper the dose...I can just stop it cold turkey with no ill effects. It does, however, take a while to build effective blood levels when starting treatment. It sometimes takes as long as 10 days before you start to see improvement.

I thought very seriously about using Prozac for Lola when she was suffering her UTI, and had inappropriate urination issues. She was avoiding the litterbox, but fairly soon after the UTI was cleared (it took 4 different antibiotics and 9+ weeks) she returned to using the litterbox with no problems. I discussed it with my vet, and she said that she has several cats in her practice that are on Prozac, and none have had negative side effects from it. Here's a link about psychotropic agents from the Merck Veterinary Manual: http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/in...e%2cand%2ccats

I tried using Elavil on Maggie for her extreme fear and anxiety problems. Unfortunately, she's impossible to pill, and trying to pill her just exacerbated her fear/anxiety problems. I'd be willing to give Prozac a try on her, if she were easier to pill, as she also exhibits a lot of the symptoms of Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome. It would be nice to see if Prozac would help control some of those symptoms, so she would be more comfortable. Or perhaps her fear/anxiety problems are part of the Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome.

Good luck to you and Zan. I hope you can find something that works well for both of you!
post #8 of 28
Obviously there are several different opinions about Prozac. One may say it's not a dependent, no side effects, another the opposite. I personally had major side effects with Prozac when I tired it for 5 months. My feelings on putting a cat on this drug is they are incapable of telling you what they are feeling, if there is side effects till they are actually effecting them to the point of function and comfort. If it is an anxiety issue, something like Buspirone is better.
post #9 of 28
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I tried using Elavil on Maggie for her extreme fear and anxiety problems. Unfortunately, she's impossible to pill, and trying to pill her just exacerbated her fear/anxiety problems. I'd be willing to give Prozac a try on her, if she were easier to pill, as she also exhibits a lot of the symptoms of Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome. It would be nice to see if Prozac would help control some of those symptoms, so she would be more comfortable. Or perhaps her fear/anxiety problems are part of the Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome.
If Elavil (Amitrityline) doesn't work....consider trying Buspar. It is an anti-anxiety drug.....in a very literal sense it is Ophelia's lifesaver.

I am a fan of "drugging your kitty". Had I had the guts to do so sooner, Ophelia would be different, she would be capable of co-existing with other cats....instead, she is often locked away in a different room because she incessantly stalks & attacks them.

That said....you must consult your vet! Only you & your vet can decide.

I have heard great things about the usage of Prozac. I've seen the Buspar work wonders on Ophelia(she quit attacking people, for the most part). I've never seen success with Elavail/Amitrityline, even though I've seen it used on cats in dozens of cases.

If you have ruled out medical causes, and worked from the behavior aspect, drugs may be the next step. Once I started Ophelia on the Buspar, however, behavioral "training" began. I had much more success with getting her to stop attacking people when she was on the Buspar.
post #10 of 28
He was also having "accidents" in the house.
post #11 of 28
This was not a spur of the moment decision.
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
If Elavil (Amitrityline) doesn't work....consider trying Buspar. It is an anti-anxiety drug.....in a very literal sense it is Ophelia's lifesaver.

I am a fan of "drugging your kitty". Had I had the guts to do so sooner, Ophelia would be different, she would be capable of co-existing with other cats....instead, she is often locked away in a different room because she incessantly stalks & attacks them.

That said....you must consult your vet! Only you & your vet can decide.

I have heard great things about the usage of Prozac. I've seen the Buspar work wonders on Ophelia(she quit attacking people, for the most part). I've never seen success with Elavail/Amitrityline, even though I've seen it used on cats in dozens of cases.

If you have ruled out medical causes, and worked from the behavior aspect, drugs may be the next step. Once I started Ophelia on the Buspar, however, behavioral "training" began. I had much more success with getting her to stop attacking people when she was on the Buspar.
I completely remember Ophelia's situation and Buspar introduction! Happy to hear there was improvement in her behavior.
It is best for it to be thoroughly thought about and researched. Prescribing drugs, especially for behavioral purposes, is touch and go when it comes to animals since there is a communication barrier. You need professional advice in these situations and if it is going to be your veterinarian, they need to be very personable and beyond health care for your pets. A second opinion is best.
post #13 of 28
My Zane took Prozac for unprovoked biting for a while. I can't see that it did any good, so I stopped it.
post #14 of 28

I agree with trying to address the behavior over medication.  Seems all too many times we want to control everything.  Some if they could would have everyone around them take a pill to get their desired result.  That's why so many kids and animals are drugged today.  However, I have a Persian who came back to me after being purchased from my friend's cattery.  She is really sweet, but she has become so stressed since I got her that she is losing fur.  I'm a breeder myself and I know how to work with her, however, she is obviously having some problems that cannot be dealt with, with a "behavioralist".  That iust an expensive way to control our animal.  Watch the Animal Planet and save yourself some money.  If you put honest effort into it and get no where, then talk about meds.  (or you can PM me . I have helped many for free).

post #15 of 28

Hi, have a  Tonkanese that has a overgrooming problem and has sores and now the gave her Prozac and she hates me and im heart broken, can u help and give me some advice???Andrea

post #16 of 28

She hates you because you're forcing the medication into her?  She hates being pilled?  What exactly is the problem?  We can't help you otherwise.

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She hates you because you're forcing the medication into her?  She hates being pilled?  What exactly is the problem?  We can't help you otherwise.
She is over grooming herself till there are sores and it happens every 3 months
post #18 of 28
Hi Andrea
I certainly understand were your coming from . I had a boy tonkiese cat named Scofield and he did have excessive groomin as well as anxiety problems. . When I went to the vet they did prescribed elival and they were gonna give it in pill form but knowing cats to really like pills that they game the elival in a gel like in a syringe and told me to put it in his left ear and it would absorb quicker. The only downside is you need to get gloves cause you get it on your skin. I do have a tonkiese cat named Coco she does have some issues with trust but when I adopted her I loved her the same. For her excessive grooming I gave her whisker city calm down it has helped her alot. U can get it at Petsmart and the good thing is it comes in a liquid form you just put it in her water. My thing is that when you get medicine for cat try to get what's easiest for you and your cat .. if you have to get it in pill form.. they do have pill pockets and you can get this at petsmart too. Hope this helps.
post #19 of 28

Hi Clang54,

thank you so much for ur advice, ill try this and see and hope it helps :))))

post #20 of 28

Hi, I have 3 of my 8 cats on Prozac, each for different reasons, and it seems to be working well for all of them.

 

I put Duck on Prozac for a few reasons - one, inappropriate urination. She went from peeing on bathmats and my office rug to peeing in the bathroom sink. She hasn't done that since taking Prozac. She is also my largest cat and has some issues with jealousy and aggression. She was picking on my smallest cat, who was too frightened to defend herself. If Duck saw another cat getting attention, she'd get upset and smack them. She's much less aggressive now, but still very affectionate and full of personality.

 

Turtle, my smallest cat, went on Prozac for fur pulling. She's my only longhair, and I would see her grab large mouthfuls of her fur and PULL, ripping it out. I found clumps of her fur all over my house, and her sides were all but bald. She is scared of Duck, won't fight back when she's attacked, but either run away or run to me. Since Prozac, she's still nervous, but the fur pulling has gone down about 95%.

 

Louie is also on Prozac. I think he may have some sort of separation anxiety, and he tends to get VERY pushy when he wants attention. Normally that's fine, but since I started working from home, he didn't like me being there and not giving him attention. If I shut him out of my office, he literally cried, scratched at the door and howled for 8 hours straight. If I let him in, he jumped up on the desk in front of my computer and I can't have that during video calls. I would put him on the floor and he'd jump back up again. We'd do this 10-15 times in a row. Now he's much more mellow, not nearly as needy and desperate for attention, but still extremely affectionate.

 

The original RX was just for Duck, 5mg twice a day. That seemed to be way to much, so I cut it down to 2.5 mg twice a day. She still seemed a bit over medicated to me, so now she just gets 2.5 once a day. That's the same dose I put Louie and Turtle on too (they're both much smaller than Duck) and it seems to work great for all of them.

 

According to my vet, Prozac is a great drug for cats. There are no side effects, no withdrawal symptoms if you take them off of it, and it works really well. I've had pretty good luck with it. :-)

 

Hope this helps!

post #21 of 28
Hi andrea
Your welcome.. I was also thinking.. Have you thought of taking your cat a vet that only deals with cats.. in las vegas I go to a vet it is called all about cats.. I got alot of really good advice. Just was thinking. . Hope everything works out for you..
post #22 of 28

Well, friends and the curious ones.. since I came here with an issue on same to find some solace in something that would help my kitty

.. my beloved [and in storage cat, ok thats what I call the cat place where she is and they are lovely] kitty is getting a re-set button.  Seems she was a wee bit stressed [from I have no earthly idea] all of the sudden and took it out on my beautiful dining room floors. Hardwood now... a firm and rough ucky BLACK thanks very much  In a home that... has 3 very large dogs [whom she adores and they adore her and have for years].

Uh, nope: she does not have an infection or any illness of any ilk [thanks that was another few hundred]  just 'behavioral' as the vet assured me...she simply start URINATING over and over and OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN THE SAME PLACE even though I tried everything and I MEAN EVERYTHING and CAUSING DAMAGE .. to the tune of thousands of dollars...!!!!!!

 

.. this rescuer [counting number 11 over the past 27 years] is none too happy. So the vet recommended Prozac. I can only hope this is the life saver for me, for her since.. I cannot have a cat causing thousands of dollars of damage to my home. Love her ..however, enough is enough.

 

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thank you Prozac.

post #23 of 28
My cat gas been on Prozac for a week and is still urinating on my comforter! I hope this will stop soon. He also poops outside the cat box from time to time.
post #24 of 28

Hi, my name is Jennifer and my cat Tabitha has been on Fluoxetine (Prozac) for 4 years now for a spraying and weeing problem.

 

It does work, Tabitha has one accident a year.

 

She is much happier cat, plays a lot, is getting better with my visitors.

 

I find it difficult when I want to go away on holiday, because Tabitha doesn't always go to people which means that she has to go to the cattery, which gets expensive.  If I get someone to feed her whilst I am away on holiday, she needs to go to that person for medication.  I am going to teach my neighbour Cheryl to give Tabitha this medication, because Cheryl is someone that Tabitha likes and always goes to, and she trusts Cheryl.  Cheryl has two cats of her own and is very kind and gentle with animals.  Hopefully if this works out, I will not need to put Tabitha in a cattery.  Any comments.

post #25 of 28

One of our three cats, Belle, has been using mostly my bed to pee on for the past few years and if it's not my bed (usually exactly where I sit down), she pees on the floor between the two litter boxes or in the hallway leading into the bathroom. She has destroyed the floor to the point that the urine has rotted the wood and there's a hole now and I've had to change my bedding so much I'm at my wits end. She's about eight years old and we got her when she was very young and she always used the litter box. We got our male cat about five years ago and after he was here for about two years, he started chasing Belle and just trying to corner her anyplace in the house he could. Not long after that was when I sat in my first puddle of cat pee. We are considering re-homing one or both of these cats or even to the point of euthanizing Belle because I don't want someone else to have to deal with the same thing. After several long talks with our vet, she gave her a thorough exam and decided to do a round of antibiotics and suggested we consider a trial of Prozac for her anxiety. Belle had done a bit better after the antibiotics even though none of us saw her in the litter box and after about a week she started peeing on the floor and then my bed again. I called the vet and decided to try the Prozac. One big thing people need to know is not to do the pills. There are severe side effects and risks when using the pill form. What we ended up with was finding a Pharmacy in our area that makes compounded prescriptions and what that is ended up being a cream that we rub inside her ear once a day. We just started it and the vet said it could take up to a week to expect any improvement. I hope this helps you. Good luck!

post #26 of 28

Hi Jennifer, I was wondering what form of Prozac you have Tabitha on? Is it the pill form or the compounded RX cream you rub inside her ear? We just started our Belle on the cream and I really hope it helps. I am thrilled to read your message that Tabitha is doing well on Prozac.

post #27 of 28

Hi Buddys Mom,

 

In answer to your question, I give Tabitha Fluoxetine Dispersable tablets, she has been on them for 4 years.  It took a couple of months for it to work properly, as she kept on spitting them out.  I now crush up the pill and give it to her, much more difficult for her to spit out.  I also coat the crushed pill with marmite, not sure if you have marmite in the US, but you can use butter.  She is much better now, I still get the odd spraying, but it is once a year, also the weeing is once a year.

 

I just had a thought when reading your thread, I wonder if it is possible that your cat Belle doesn't like your other cat, the problems seem to start happening when you got another cat.  Is is possible to seperate them at times, so they get time on their own, you could also play with them seperately?  Let me know how you get on.  Jennifer

post #28 of 28

I have a cat on Prozac (actually, it's a generic for Prozac). The doctors at my vet's office are very well-informed on this drug for cats. While it has not entirely stopped Molly's peeing issues, she has now limited her inappropriate peeing to sometimes and on my front door mat, which is machine washable. I much prefer this to her prior habits of peeing on carpet in various rooms. You have to pick your battles. However, another of my cats was on Prozac and not only did it not help with his peeing problem, but it also made him kind of nasty. He's no longer on it, but he has stopped his inappropriate peeing as long as I do not leave a basket of laundry around.

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