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originally posted by: Sillyosaurus
It would be the human kind dialed to the cats weight. But consult your cat shrink before anything. She could be full blown psychotic.
indications for Alprazolam
Anxiety can be a crippling condition, and one that affects more than just people. Our pets are just as susceptible to life’s stressors, and in many cases, pharmaceutical treatment is necessary. Drugs like alprazolam can help. A benzodiazepine, alprazolam enhances the effects of natural chemicals in the brain, resulting in a calming like effect. Alprazolam is useful in cases where your pet is otherwise unable to control their anxiety, helping them reclaim their life.
Due to the effects this drug has on the brain, along with our limitations in understanding how the brain actually works, certain vets advise against giving this drug to pets exhibiting signs of aggression, warning that the effect of alprazolam is just strong enough to rid these pets of the very anxiety that is holding back their aggressive outbursts. Alprazolam should be given cautiously to pets with liver or kidney disease, glaucoma, pregnant, are elderly, or in a debilitated condition. Taking alprazolam with antacids might slow the rate of absorption, and the two medications should be separated by at least two hours if being taken concurrently. Drugs like cimetidine, erythromycin, itraconazole, ketoconazole, propranolol, or valproic acid might decrease the metabolism of alprazolam, and cause an increase in sedition. Flumazenil might reverse the effects of alprazolam, making it useful in the event of an overdose.
The effects of digoxin might be increased if taking with alprazolam, and should be monitored. In general, taking alprazolam with barbiturates or other CNS depressants might increase the sedative effects. Hepatic enzyme inhibitors might alter the metabolism of other cytochrome P-450 metabolized drugs.
Dogs - 0.01 - 0.1 mg/kg orally, taken as needed (NEVER more than 4 mg a day)
Cats - 0.125 - 0.25 mg/kg orally, taken every 12 hours
It is important to note that this is an ‘extra-label’ drug in pets, in that it has not been approved by the FDA for use in pets. However it can be prescribed legally by a vet as there is no veterinary alternative to this medication. For the best effects, behavior modification therapy should be done in conjunction with the treatment.
The most common side effect of alprazolam is sedation, along with the inability of your pet to benefit from the behavior modification. In some rare cases, and mostly in dogs, the sedative effects of the drug may actually become reversed, having an energizing effect of the dog. In cats, however, the side effects tend to be an increase in affection, strange behavior, irritability, and possibly even an increase in depression. If you think your pet might be experiencing any of these side effects, contact your vet immediately.
originally posted by: Nibbles
I have a couple of questions to ask you before giving you some advice as a professional with over 25 years experience in veterinary animal behaviour :
You say sometimes you let her sleep in your bedroom. How much is sometimes?
~~~She sleeps in my room maybe 1-2 times a week. When she does sleep with me, she sleeps right next to my head. For the most part, she seems to meow less when I let her come & go as she pleases. However, sometimes she will decide to play or fight with the other cats (both fixed males) and makes such a ruckus that it wakes everyone up. So my husband insists on keeping her out of the bedroom most of the time. Before the last month or so, she might meow at the door occasionally. Now she is meowing at the door all the time.
What do you feed her, canned meat, dry catfood, leftovers?
~~~She gets dry catfood only that is available at all times. No canned. No people food.
Do you let her jump on the tables and kitchen bar and does she steal food?
~~~Not allowed on the tables or counters. She does sneak onto them when we aren't around, but nothing is left out so she isn't eating off of them. When she gets caught, she jumps down immediately.
Is anyone ill or nervous in your household?
~~~No one is nervous or ill. She does tend to be a nervous/skittish cat, even when the other two aren't.
Is anyone pregnant or undergoing menopause in the household?
~~~Dear Lord, I hope not....
You say that she was sterilized at 6 weeks old???? A little young methinks as normally a female cat should normally be spayed between 5 to 7 months old!
~~~I had no choice in this. I rescued her from a shelter at 5 weeks old. They refuse to let any animal leave without being spayed/neutered. She was spayed before I got her.
Does the cat push her tail to one side when you stroke her back at the moment?
~~~Not that I've noticed, but I will check for sure tonight.
Just a couple of questions that may eliminate certain issues.
a reply to: CIAGypsy
originally posted by: rockintitz
a reply to: CIAGypsy
Pets mirror their human counterparts.
Maybe let her wander around outside while you're home. She might not feel as dependent on you after that.
Best of luck to you though