Newcomer - need advice bad!
- Hello, I am looking for any advice from anyone! I am devasted
because my cat Kramer has recently been diagnosed with heart
disease. He is currently taking a dieretic? and Enalapril and
Atenolol. He has only been on the last two meds for two days, but he
is not eating and therefore the medications are making him
disoriented. He is just not acting well, doesn't want to be held,
can't get him to purr, ect. Not even interested in tuna fish, which
he usually loves. I am just heartbroken. The vet wants to take him
off the meds until he starts to eat again, but then again, if he's
off too long he will start again with the fluid around the lungs,
which is how it all started. Any advice from anyone going through
the same thing would be greatly appreciated. I just want Kramer to
feel well, and don't want to make him suffer along not being happy.
Thanks so much, Tonia
- 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 sometimesquickly
> 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, righton
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> Also, Cyprohetadine pills are used to stimulate appetite in cats.
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