Originally Posted by Pookie-poo
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.