Hi Sheryl, We're right here. We had an ice storm today and power outages, but now it's fine. I've also been preparing for our new addition, a little stray, starving and malnourished that was posted on the SOS Board from a lady that lives about 75 miles from me. She was one story I couldn't seem to forget and Sasha is now expecting her.... we are very excited.
In any event, ok to answer your question (sorry I am truly excited about the new little one of 11 months), No, Sasha was never on any tranquilizers or pills. He had about three or four PTSD episodes almost identical to CJ. For instance, a yellow lab came into the yard one morning quite early and Sasha just went nuts all through the house. He was yelling, hissing, crying, shaking, and got very, very angry with that same "wild" look in his eyes. I bent to pick him up and try and soothe him and he lashed out at me! That was a low point, as it was hard not to take that kind of rejection personally!
I contacted Jackson, a beahvioral therapist who is a consultant for this site, and he read every word I wrote and then wrote me back. I think you might want to do the same, as Sasha is 12 and very, very experienced outside, but CJ is much younger. I strongly sense that CJ's trauma response and stress due to this attack will last much longer, due to his age. Sometimes younger kitties can bounce back, but sometimes the reverse - it does tattoo them for a good part of their lives. CJ is making incredible progress and thanks to you he has the best care and mama in the entire world.
Everybody reading your story undoubtedly supports your continuing patience and intuition with your little one. I sense it was a coyote as well and the reaction to the tv just underscores that. Cats, even more so than dogs, have an audio database so to speak, where once a sound is heard it's all about recall. Dogs more with scent, cats, too, but nobody has that auditory database like a cat.
I would, however, talk to your vet by phone. Then, take that information to Jackson and look at all the angles. I will send you a PM with his contact data. Every situation is different. I knew Sasha so very well after 12 years that I sensed he would recover and be resilient enough with the psychological trauma to heal that too. He did, but remember -- 5 long months. The only behavioral aspect that changed was Sasha is more wary when he's outside (good!) and he does want to come in sooner. He is now trained to come in a 8 pm and he knows the quiet morning hours are out of the question to be outside unless there are people about. Again, go with your gut. If you sense something isn't right -- or too soon -- or might be traumatic, then it probably will be.
You're wonderful, you know that?!?
P.S. -and no, I would not pack him up to go to the vet at all unless it's utterly imparative. He needs his own secure world right now.