Kitty Anxiety and Prozac?

IMG_3394We brought home a long-haired black kitty and a short-haired black kitty from the shelter last June. They had always been together, at their previous home, at the shelter, and then with us. I think that they may have been abused at their original, pre-shelter home.

The short-haired kitty, whom we named Marie, has started climbing into laps and being affectionate, but is still skittish. The┬álong-haired kitty, whom we named Jacqueline (Jacquie for short) though, is still extremely skittish, and runs like hell and hides whenever we come into the room. We made her a special “cat cave” under a table with blankets and we almost never disturb her in there. We know safety is important to cats. But here we are, 9 months later, and she’s really basically just as terrified of us now as she was when we first brought her home. We’ve tried using a Feliway diffuser in the room, and that didn’t seem to help either.

I asked a tech at our veterinarian about this over the phone today and the vet tech said “Sometimes we use stuff like Prozac. We can go over it in more detail when you bring her in for her shots on Monday.”

But that said, has anyone else out there had any issues like this, and used tranquilizers or anti-anxiety medications or Prozac or anything? Did it work? Was it a long-term thing or a short-term thing?

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3 Responses to Kitty Anxiety and Prozac?

  1. calamityj9 says:

    My mom had a cat with anxiety issues, she did ultimately need a low dose of Prozac to get the cat to stop spraying, but you could try something called composure first. my mom also tried melatonin for her cat and it helped a little. I suggest asking about both when you see your vet. Good luck!

  2. Thumper says:

    Perhaps before trying Prozac–which might be needed–you might want to try Feliway…it comes in little diffusers you plug into outlets, and it can be very calming to cats. It’s used quite a bit when two cats don’t get along, and can help with skittish kitties. I think it comes in a spray, too, but everyone I’ve known who used it has used the plug in variety. And with that, you don’t have to put the cat through being pilled…if she’s already skittish that might put her over the top.

    • Jay Furr says:

      As I mentioned, we’ve used a Feliway diffuser before. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have made a lot of difference in re: kitty anxiety.

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