Originally Posted by home.slice
All I was told is that it would make him lethargic, which this morning I found him being a sapce cadet in front of his food dish.
one of my cats was diagnosed with the cat version of interstitial cystitis last year (1 yr ago june) and put on amitriptylene. he had been having on again off again UTIs for about 3 months or so. he was a space cadet and slept ALL the time while taking the ami. VERY unusual for raven, he's the kind of cat who plays with his puffballs regularly, is vocal, runs around. my vet also just said he was going to be groggy. well, i called after he was on it for a while and expressed my concern that he hadn't "adjusted" to the meds, they said "don't worry, he's fine." we moved out of state 1-yr ago august and got a new vet. our new vet is a cat specialist (cat-only clinic) and she is awesome!
first thing she took raven off the meds. it was causing other side-effects...his eyes were always dilated and he was having constipation problems. (he was also on c/d dry & getting a glucosamine supplement that he started not eating) since weaning him off, he has been great. he's on over-the-counter food, mostly canned. no meds, no supplements, and he's been stable for over a year (knock-on-wood).
i much prefer this vet's approach to the problem. i really think the major trigger for his cystitis (he hasn't had crystals since 2000, and there were no bacteria present) was at our last apartment we were on the first floor and there was a TON of stray cats around. roaming cats really stress raven out alot. now we live on a 3rd floor apt, and there are very few strays around. his stress level went WAY down. i also recognize that raven is more of a high-stress cat than most.
i also wanted to add, that several years ago raven had an 8 month bout with pretty much constant UTIs. after being on hill's c/d and repeated steroid & antibiotics weren't working we took him off the c/d and used nutro max dry (with a little canned--they didn't get as much canned then as they do now). i currently use Sensible Choice dry as their kibble, and actually am probably switching them back to nutro at the end of this bag (sensible choice has gotten a little too expensive because of circumstances). we're going to try the natural choice line though. i don't feed alot of dry kibble, i have 2 dry food addicts, so i have reached a compromise point with them.
editted to add:
have you tried a Feliway diffuser? when we were in that awful apartment i had a diffuser going and that really seemed to help the cats. i wouldn't say it was super noticeable, but it seemed to take the "edge" off so they weren't really snippy with each other.