and it can also have opposite effects and cause disorientation and near
paranoid behaviors....i gave it to pum when we travelled once and it was a
horrible experience....nver again!
From: Helen [mailto:helenandcats@...
Sent: Saturday, July 28, 2001 7:55 AM
Subject: Re: [feline-heart] Newcomer - need advice bad!
Valium (diazepam) is primarily used in animals as an anti-anxiety
medication, and as Victoria mentions it is also sometimes used as an
appetite stimulant. However, there are definite risks associated with it
when used in cats:
1. it can cause liver damage with long-term use.
2. it can trigger diabetes.
3. if your cat is allowed outdoors, it can be very dangerous because Valium
impairs depth perception.
4. it impairs short-term memory and consequently learning ability.
5. there can be problems at withdrawal (it can be addictive in cats just as
6. you should not use it in an aggressive animal because it removes
In view of the foregoing, I would never use Valium as a first line appetite
stimulant, but would try cyproheptadine first. Even then, I'd try treating
the underlying cause of the lack of appetite first before resorting to
Helen, Harpsie, Indie, Karma (in quarantine), and Angels Tanya, George and
Tanya's UK Feline Chronic Renal Failure Information Centre
> Tonia - An injection of valium, directly into a vein, can sometimes
> stimulate a cat's appetite. It works very quickly, and the urge may
> fade, so the vet will need to have a can of Kramer's favorite food, right
> the table.
> Also, Cyprohetadine pills are used to stimulate appetite in cats.
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