Cat on Prozac - any advice?
January 26, 2010 7:33 AM Subscribe
Does anyone have any experience putting a cat on Prozac?
posted by backseatpilot to Pets & Animals (22 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
It's been about five months since we adopted our two fuzzballs, and we're still having behavior problems with our older one, Max. He's about 1.5-2 years old at this point, and while he's calmed down a little bit over the past two months or so he's still attacking the other cat and nipping at us.
Our younger, Doppler, only comes out during the day when we put Max in the office. When they're both out together they will eat together and very occasionally sleep on the couch together, but most other times Max is out for blood. Doppler has finally started putting up some resistance, but he still spends (in our opinion) too much time hiding under the couch.
Max is also a bit of a contradiction towards us - he's incredibly needy (cries when left alone or locked up in the office), but will often bite if we try to pet him and show some attention. He scratched a friend of ours at a party this weekend after nuzzling her leg looking for attention. My girlfriend is afraid to pick him up or generally deal with him unless he's very relaxed.
Long story short, we brought both of them to the vet about six weeks ago and they both have a clean bill of health. We talked about the behavior problems and the vet suggested putting Max on Prozac (especially after our first attempt at Feliway did not produce any noticeable change). Since then, we've tried using the Feliway again - we put it in the office where he spends time while we're at work, and it seems like there's been a small amount of positive change.
The options at this point, then are to a) put him on Prozac or b) return him to the rescue. They already offered to take him back after we called them several months ago to talk about his behavior problems, but we're both feeling incredibly guilty just thinking about it. (They also seemed very surprised that he was acting up like this, as he apparently was an adorable little lovebug in his foster home.)
As far as the Prozac goes, the vet would put him on it for 3-ish months to start and mentioned he could be on it for his entire life. Is this something we should be considering? What are the possible changes to Max's behavior? We're feeling a little lost about the whole thing and any advice (or any other suggestions to get him to stop being such a murderous lout) would be greatly appreciated.