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Old 03-07-2010, 09:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default HELP aggressive! on Buspirone Neurological imbalance?

I adopted my kitty when she was 3 at the humane society in september of 2009.

When I brought her home we immediately found out she is aggressive, but assumed it was because she was in a new place and was just scared.

We were wrong..

She is very aggressive and attacks randomly. Feliway does not work. I play with her a lot and she would still be crazy. I got suet for the birds to eat outside so she could watch them, she is an indoor cat. That didn't help though.

Weird thing is she can be the sweetest cat ever..

I put her on Prozac for awhile and it didn't seem to work so when I was running out I took her off slowly and my vet prescribed Buspirone.

She went crazy (crazier than before the prozac) while she was coming off of was terrible she was hissing puffing and growling and I couldn't move. I had to carry toys and eventually a squirt bottle around. I had to keep her in an extra room and let her out when i went to class.

She has been on Buspirone for 4 weeks now. She started being REALLY nice after 2 weeks, even around my sister who visited. It was nice, though she stopped playing and after about 4 days of being nice she stopped eating for a few days and now only eats wet food.

Buspirone side effects are loss of appetite and dizzieness, this somewhat explains it..

Today she had a relapse of being crazy when my mom was over, not sure why because my mom was feeding her. Also she was acting weird and giving me her evil stare and meowing crazy at me and playing for once, so I knew something was up.

anyway, anyone have any advice for balancing a kitties brain? I wonder if there are supplements or nutritional answers? I am getting pretty desperate, I don't want to put her to sleep. I could never do that, and I don't know of a better living situation for her since I live alone in a small apartment and rarely have anyone over and am pretty quiet.


thank you so much, and sorry this was so long.
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi - I don't have an answer for you but I'm having the same issues. We adopted a 3 year old cat who had been raised in a 500 sq foot condo and the owners were never home and he is very overweight. He's a beautiful cat and can be quite sweet but is very agressive when his food bowl is empty. I've been feeding him enough food but when his bowl is empty he attacks my legs from behind and will attack our hands/arms when we try to pet him and he's not in the mood. He's a 21 lb male with 6 toes (i.e. 6 very sharp claws on each foot) and he has drawn blood on several occasions. He also bites. We are both a little afraid of him as he is so big. We thought it was just because he was scared to be in a new environment but after three months he's still agressive. I signed up here looking for answers. We don't want to put him down but I'm not willing to live with a cat that I can't trust.
If anyone has any solutions, I'd love to hear them. I read its a bad idea to 'hit back' when they are agressive but I'm ready to drop kick him into the next room if he attacks my legs again (kidding, but only just),
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Old 03-10-2010, 12:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: HELP aggressive! on Buspirone Neurological imbalance?

When I was very young, and my mom first got Elfie, he was quite the frisky cat. He would 'attack' us kids, and sometimes took it a bit out of line. My mom would use the hand held dirt devil to get him to stop stalking us. Maybe this could help when the cat attacks your legs? Sort of along the lines of a squirt bottle, the loud noise might help deter them. Some people on this forum use a vacuum outside their door to deter cats that pound on the door in the middle of the night.
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Old 03-17-2010, 02:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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For your cat I would definitely try a squirt bottle to protect you, it really keeps my cat from attacking me! and also you should invest in some soft paws, if you can't put them on take him into the vet and they can help.

also try talking to your vet about this, maybe you can start putting vitamins in his food too? you could also try calling the humane society if they have a behavioral specialist where you are.

the vacuum idea is great thanks! i will try that with my cat haha.

if you cannot live with your cat then I would suggest taking him to a no kill cat shelter..i think that is what i will have to do..
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