Friday, February 5, 2010

Silence Is Golden

If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that Toby the Cat is psychotic. Part of it is hormonal. That’s being dealt with. But in the interim, Toby is getting a little assistance from pharma. I’m stunned by the difference.

I never thought I’d live to see the day that we gave a cat an anti-depressant but apparently that day has arrived. It’s brought relief to the cat who is soooo calm it’s kind of scary. And it’s brought peace to This D*mn House for the first time in I don’t even remember. Is that really our cat?

The cat sleeps. The cat eats. The cat plays. The cat uses his litterbox. The cat lets you pet him. He’s still not wild about you picking him up but he doesn’t go rigid when you do.

And because the cat sleeps, the people sleep, too. Three blissful consecutive nights now. I don’t remember when that last happened.

The cat doesn’t hiss (except when he’s being restrained to get the pill). The cat doesn’t yowl or growl. The cat doesn’t charge people or the dog. The cat doesn’t immediately bristle and begin screaming if the mother goes into the basement or out the door.

It’s almost like having a normal cat. I always knew this cat wasn’t wired quite right. Now I’ve got proof.

10 comments:

Mama Martha said...

Enjoy the quiet! Hopefully Toby is thankful too

Jen said...

Have you tried Pill Pockets for the pills? They make them for cats as well as dogs and they make my dog who HATES pills take them without protest. You can get them at most pet stores:
http://www.greenies.com/en_US/Products/felinepillpockets.aspx

Granna Girl said...

Good Lordy, is he taking Prozac? I have a tom cat that's been neutered that has decided he remembers how to spray. He sprays/pees on everything, and it seems to be revenge when he's mad at me. Maybe a trip to the pharmacy is in order....Hmmmmm.

Jayne said...

Wow...that sounds like a big difference. Marie is a lot like Toby. Hmmmm....

NV said...

MM -- Thanks! He seems to be.

Jen -- I have not. Will look into that one. Thanks for the tip!

GG -- Toby is on Elavil. The plan is for it to be temporary while we also do behavioral exercises, but we'll see.

Jayne -- Seriously, if she has violent outburts, this is an amazing thing.

Why S? said...

Elavil? Have the gods of Olympus heard my cries for help? Our Kitten has been on Prozac for about 1 1/2 years and it worked for a while. But she's returned to her old marking ways again and it's hell on all the oak walls and baseboards (not to mention my patience). Maybe she's built up a resistance and if we can switch her to another product she'll calm down again.

An aside, she'd been doing so well, we had cut back her dosage to every other day. Then came The Attack and she was back up to full strength. But the marking is now unbearable.

The Me said...

Just taking a Saturday afternoon blog walk; So, funny, about this poor cat. He is quite fortunate, to have a family that cares enough about him, to find, and give him pharmaceuticals. At an old house, I lived in a few years ago; I swore, there was an invisible sign on the side of my house that read, "Every broken, sad, pitiful, homeless cat come live here." For some reason they all showed up on my stoop; One, was so persistent he stood up on his hind legs and clawed at the door...Upon which I would open it and tell him, "You don't live here, I am not your Momma, this is not your house." He' sit, with his broken ear, and swollen cheek and reply with a gravelly Kim Carnes meow, "Yes, I do. I live here. I do." At one time, I had about six cats, none of which I went looking for, nor wanted. They just showed up for some reason? Came and go at their leisure. I had regular walking routes to work, school, the supermarket and cats would see me coming, hop off of their porch and greet me in the street. I stopped to visit one cat, who saw me coming, met me in the street and laid down so I could pet him. I did, as he requested and chatted him up a minute or two...then, tried to stand to leave....That crazy cat, yelped and wrapped himself around my thigh! Those days are long gone, as I live in a big city, and am lucky to see cats...How I do miss them, and one day...Maybe I'll have a home, they want to be at, again?

Kate said...

WOW, I had no idea you could give cats anti-depressants! But how funny that as soon as I read this, I immediately thought of Jayne's cat Marie.

Vicki said...

None of our animals have ever been normal either. Glad he's giving you some peace now!

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