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  • Mike & Linda Irrgang
    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
    Message 1 of 37 , Aug 2, 2001
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      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!

      linda

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Helen [mailto:helenandcats@...]
      Sent: Saturday, July 28, 2001 7:55 AM
      To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      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
      in humans).
      6. you should not use it in an aggressive animal because it removes
      inhibitions.

      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
      appetite stimulants.

      HTH

      Helen, Harpsie, Indie, Karma (in quarantine), and Angels Tanya, George and
      Thomas
      *************************************
      Tanya's UK Feline Chronic Renal Failure Information Centre
      http://users.ouvip.com/tanya


      Victoria wrote
      > Tonia - An injection of valium, directly into a vein, can sometimes
      > stimulate a cat's appetite. It works very quickly, and the urge may
      quickly
      > fade, so the vet will need to have a can of Kramer's favorite food, right
      on
      > the table.

      > Also, Cyprohetadine pills are used to stimulate appetite in cats.




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    • Mike & Linda Irrgang
      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
      Message 37 of 37 , Aug 2, 2001
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        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!

        linda

        -----Original Message-----
        From: Helen [mailto:helenandcats@...]
        Sent: Saturday, July 28, 2001 7:55 AM
        To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
        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
        in humans).
        6. you should not use it in an aggressive animal because it removes
        inhibitions.

        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
        appetite stimulants.

        HTH

        Helen, Harpsie, Indie, Karma (in quarantine), and Angels Tanya, George and
        Thomas
        *************************************
        Tanya's UK Feline Chronic Renal Failure Information Centre
        http://users.ouvip.com/tanya


        Victoria wrote
        > Tonia - An injection of valium, directly into a vein, can sometimes
        > stimulate a cat's appetite. It works very quickly, and the urge may
        quickly
        > fade, so the vet will need to have a can of Kramer's favorite food, right
        on
        > the table.

        > Also, Cyprohetadine pills are used to stimulate appetite in cats.




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