I pray my cats depression is due to the steroid shot he got 9 days ago. I was getting so worried that I would cry as I sat next to him and knew he wasn't himself. I didn't know what was wrong, especially if he was in any pain and I didn't know it.
Oreo had his first steroid shot in April because of allergies which manifested on his back paws. He was licking them raw. It worked but the licking came back in August, when he had a second shot. I did try giving him Benedryl orally but he had such a violent reaction to the taste that I opted for antibiotics and the shot. The vet said have a few steroid shots a year wouldn't pose any problems. A couple of weeks ago, the licking began again and rather than wait for his foot to get infected again, I took him in. He was also due for his yearly rabies shot and exam so the vet gave him the steroid and rabies shot. He assured me the 2 wouldn't react. About 4 or 5 days later, Oreo became depressed and sad. It was almost an immediate change. He was always playful and enjoyed playing catch. I would say he was a dog in a cat costume. But all that went away last week and I became very concerned. I researched depression and found some very scary articles. If it is the steroid shots, I don't know why this didn't happen the first 2 times he had them. And if it is the shot, why did it happen a few days later? I will most likely call my vet tomorrow but it seems it's a shared side effect by many cats. I can't wait for Oreo to get back to normal, even if it means he terrorizes and chases the other cat.