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Re: Safe tranquilizer for an HCM kitty?

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  • acrocat@rocketmail.com
    Hi Katey The benzodiazepines are the most effective for travel and vet anxiety. These are the drugs that usually end in -pam or -lam. Lorazepam and
    Message 1 of 16 , Jul 2, 2013
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      Hi Katey

      The benzodiazepines are the most effective for travel and vet anxiety. These are the drugs that usually end in -pam or -lam. Lorazepam and alprazolam are two that are often used for cats; the dose is titrated up (so you do 'test doses' at home till you find the right dose for your kitty) so you don't overdose or underdose. I'd talk to your vet or cardiologist about this, regardless of whether or not you're moving, because no cat deserves to have such anxiety for the vet. Some cats are so scared that they defecate on themselves -- you have to be incredibly scared, and feel incredibly threatened, to lose bowel control -- and there's no need for this. Using anti-anxiety meds can help these cats tremendously. It can also help fractious cats, who are generally fractious because they are so darn scared.

      For anyone with an anxious or fractious cat, ask the vet about anti-anxiety medication and then find the right dose. You'll test it at home till you find what works for your cat. You give the minimum dose and observe -- if nothing happens, you go up. You're looking for the cat to be affected, but not doped. So the cat may move more slowly, be a bit 'dull' but can still walk, still respond to you, etc. The cat shouldn't be a glazed-over lump; that's too high of a dose. Find what makes your cat 'mellow' and then make sure, on the day of any event, that the cat gets the medication before you do anything to indicate you're traveling. Wait till the medication has kicked in before you attempt to put him/her in the carrier. Once the cat is 'revved up', it's much harder to bring them back down from outer space. This is why it's better to give your cat medication at home, than need sedation at the vet; you can get away with less medication if you get it on board before the stressful event happens.

      Torb (butorphanol) is a very mild pain medication and a mild sedative. I haven't seen it work that well for very scared or very fractious cats and it doesn't seem to last that long, so if you go to a vet appointment and have given the Torb earlier, it may be wearing off before you get home. I wouldn't use it as a first-line for my own cat, I'd go straight for the benzodiazepines. If your cat needs just a touch of something, it might work and it is also heart-friendly.

      Anxiety and stress are NOT heart-friendly so heart kitties who freak out with travel and vet visits can benefit from pharmaceutical help IMO.

      Adrianna
    • Mary Sue Rubin
      Here s something to add to the safe tranquilizer discussion. It s a simple, safe, and natural product and technique (no medication involved) that might help
      Message 2 of 16 , Jul 3, 2013
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        Here's something to add to the safe tranquilizer discussion. It's a simple,
        safe, and natural product and technique (no medication involved) that might
        help with the anxiety of car rides and vet visits. My cats do well in the
        car and at vets so I haven't had to use it, but it looks pretty incredible.
        I've seen numerous videos of it being used successfully.



        http://www.clipnosis.com/default.asp



        Mary Sue



        From: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com [mailto:feline-heart@yahoogroups.com] On
        Behalf Of mmayer11@...
        Sent: Monday, July 01, 2013 5:03 PM
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        Subject: Re: [FH] Re: Safe tranquilizer for an HCM kitty?



        ... It might be just the thing for heart cats who are stressed horribly by
        travel to & from vet clinics. Will add it to my file for future reference.
        Big Thanks!!!

        Marianna






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      • Westgold
        Hi -- would never use this for more than a couple minutes at a time -- it does disrupt blood circulation. I d be afraid of it causing a clot. ... From: Mary
        Message 3 of 16 , Jul 3, 2013
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          Hi -- would never use this for more than a couple minutes at a time -- it does disrupt blood circulation. I'd be afraid of it causing a clot.
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          From: Mary Sue Rubin
          To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
          Sent: Wednesday, July 03, 2013 11:21 AM
          Subject: RE: [FH] Re: Safe tranquilizer for an HCM kitty?



          Here's something to add to the safe tranquilizer discussion. It's a simple,
          safe, and natural product and technique (no medication involved) that might
          help with the anxiety of car rides and vet visits. My cats do well in the
          car and at vets so I haven't had to use it, but it looks pretty incredible.
          I've seen numerous videos of it being used successfully.

          http://www.clipnosis.com/default.asp

          Mary Sue

          From: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com [mailto:feline-heart@yahoogroups.com] On
          Behalf Of mmayer11@...
          Sent: Monday, July 01, 2013 5:03 PM
          To: thegapgal@...; feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: Re: [FH] Re: Safe tranquilizer for an HCM kitty?

          ... It might be just the thing for heart cats who are stressed horribly by
          travel to & from vet clinics. Will add it to my file for future reference.
          Big Thanks!!!

          Marianna

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        • Mary Sue Rubin
          Good point. I hadn t thought of that. I just wrote to the company to ask about research done on that. Mary Sue From: Westgold [mailto:westgold@interlog.com]
          Message 4 of 16 , Jul 3, 2013
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            Good point. I hadn't thought of that. I just wrote to the company to ask
            about research done on that.



            Mary Sue



            From: Westgold [mailto:westgold@...]
            Sent: Wednesday, July 03, 2013 1:04 PM
            To: Mary Sue Rubin; feline-heart
            Subject: Re: [FH] Re: Safe tranquilizer for an HCM kitty?



            Hi -- would never use this for more than a couple minutes at a time -- it
            does disrupt blood circulation. I'd be afraid of it causing a clot.

            ----- Original Message -----

            From: Mary Sue Rubin <mailto:msrubin@...>

            To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com

            Sent: Wednesday, July 03, 2013 11:21 AM

            Subject: RE: [FH] Re: Safe tranquilizer for an HCM kitty?

            Here's something to add to the safe tranquilizer discussion. ..
            http://www.clipnosis.com/default.asp

            Mary Sue






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          • Westgold
            Please let us know what they say. I m sure they re safe for a few mins during an examination, but I would never restrict any blood vessels for an extended
            Message 5 of 16 , Jul 3, 2013
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              Please let us know what they say. I'm sure they're safe for a few mins during an examination, but I would never restrict any blood vessels for an extended period of time. Gee, you can make your finger go to sleep by compressing the vessels for just a couple minutes! That can't be good. and it would also cause pain to the kitty. I would never use it, even for an examination. But I know it has a place for feral cats who will not tolerate an exam, etc
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              From: Mary Sue Rubin
              To: 'feline-heart'
              Sent: Wednesday, July 03, 2013 3:44 PM
              Subject: RE: [FH] Re: Safe tranquilizer for an HCM kitty?



              Good point. I hadn't thought of that. I just wrote to the company to ask
              about research done on that.

              Mary Sue

              From: Westgold [mailto:westgold@...]
              Sent: Wednesday, July 03, 2013 1:04 PM
              To: Mary Sue Rubin; feline-heart
              Subject: Re: [FH] Re: Safe tranquilizer for an HCM kitty?

              Hi -- would never use this for more than a couple minutes at a time -- it
              does disrupt blood circulation. I'd be afraid of it causing a clot.

              ----- Original Message -----

              From: Mary Sue Rubin <mailto:msrubin@...>

              To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com

              Sent: Wednesday, July 03, 2013 11:21 AM

              Subject: RE: [FH] Re: Safe tranquilizer for an HCM kitty?

              Here's something to add to the safe tranquilizer discussion. ..
              http://www.clipnosis.com/default.asp

              Mary Sue

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            • Mary Sue Rubin
              I just received an answer from the company that makes Clipnosis. I had asked how long the clip could be left on without restricting blow flow and circulation
              Message 6 of 16 , Jul 8, 2013
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                I just received an answer from the company that makes Clipnosis. I had asked
                how long the clip could be left on without restricting blow flow and
                circulation with special concerns for cats with heart disease.



                "There have not been studies performed on cats with heart disease, so we do
                not have exact information. Clips can be left on completely safely for 10
                minutes at a time, with no ill effects at all according to our study. I
                would advise to be careful, and try the clips out for a minute or two at a
                time, and see what the response from the cat is. Additionally, I would
                review this with your vet if there are specific medical concerns."



                Mary Sue



                From: Westgold [mailto:westgold@...]
                Sent: Wednesday, July 03, 2013 3:51 PM
                To: Mary Sue Rubin; feline-heart
                Subject: Re: [FH] Re: Safe tranquilizer for an HCM kitty?



                Please let us know what they say. I'm sure they're safe for a few mins
                during an examination, but I would never restrict any blood vessels for an
                extended period of time. Gee, you can make your finger go to sleep by
                compressing the vessels for just a couple minutes! That can't be good. and
                it would also cause pain to the kitty. I would never use it, even for an
                examination. But I know it has a place for feral cats who will not tolerate
                an exam, etc

                ----- Original Message -----

                From: Mary Sue Rubin <mailto:msrubin@...>

                To: 'feline-heart' <mailto:feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>

                Sent: Wednesday, July 03, 2013 3:44 PM

                Subject: RE: [FH] Re: Safe tranquilizer for an HCM kitty?





                Good point. I hadn't thought of that. I just wrote to the company to ask
                about research done on that.

                Mary Sue

                From: Westgold [mailto:westgold@...]
                Sent: Wednesday, July 03, 2013 1:04 PM
                To: Mary Sue Rubin; feline-heart
                Subject: Re: [FH] Re: Safe tranquilizer for an HCM kitty?

                Hi -- would never use this for more than a couple minutes at a time -- it
                does disrupt blood circulation. I'd be afraid of it causing a clot.

                ----- Original Message -----

                From: Mary Sue Rubin <mailto:msrubin@...
                <mailto:msrubin%40verizon.net> >

                To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com <mailto:feline-heart%40yahoogroups.com>

                Sent: Wednesday, July 03, 2013 11:21 AM

                Subject: RE: [FH] Re: Safe tranquilizer for an HCM kitty?

                Here's something to add to the safe tranquilizer discussion. ..
                http://www.clipnosis.com/default.asp

                Mary Sue

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