Hi everyone !
Has anyone else here medicated their cat to stop him/her from spraying? We just started researching this option and discovered that there are several drugs that can be used and several that we would never consider due to some of the side effects. Also, would a behaviorist be helpful?

We have a 4 year old male cat who is spraying in every room of the house. It's probably a territorial thing because the neighbors cats are outside most of the time and they hang around our house alot which agitates Morris. We are pretty sure that it isn't a health issue such as a urinary problem because we've seen him in the act of spraying several times, but he is due to go to the vet so we'll check with the vet.
We've been trying the Feliway products for about a year now and his spraying is just as bad as before we started using this product. His spraying is ruining furniture and it is really time consuming to keep cleaning up after him.
So..we hate to do it but we are considering the possibility of medicating him, if only temporary to see if that would reduce some anxiety. Whether we stop him from spraying or not, he is our boy and, of course, he will always have a good home with us.
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So..we hate to do it but we are considering the possibility of medicating him, if only temporary to see if that would reduce some anxiety.

What has your vet recommended? I have a sprayer also. I thought he was doing better on Feliway but the moment after I posted my "success" story he started spraying all over again. He sprayed directly on the Feliway mister!
So..we hate to do it but we are considering the possibility ofmedicating him, if only temporary to see if that would reduce some anxiety.

What has your vet recommended? I have a sprayer also. I thought he wasdoing better on Feliway but the moment after I posted my "success" story hestarted spraying all over again. He sprayed directly on the Feliway mister!

Hi,
Morris did the same thing. He sprayed the area where we had the Feliway plug-in. It did seem work for a couple of months but now he seems to be oblivious to it.
The vet didn't really offer a suggestion. I asked him if the Feliway worked as it is supposed to and he said it works in some cases and in some cases it does not work. We're planning to ask him about medication in the next week or two. I think Morris is due for a check up. I'll try to remember to post a follow-up.
How many cats are in your home? We have 3 females and Morris. Strange thing is, Morris didn't spray for the first couple of years after we adopted him.
How many cats are in your home? We have 3 females and Morris. Strange thing is, Morris didn't spray for the first couple of years after we adopted him.

I have one female who is sweet as pie. Then I have Patchy the sprayer. He didn't spray the inside of the house for the first few months. He seems to spray where my other cat sits a lot. I also do squirrel rescue and a couple marked an area near where he sprays so that doesn't help. He also just sprayed near my husbands socks and shoes.
The anti-depressant meds and anti-anxiety medications are used for spraying. As far as I know, they are safe. Check with your vet. Also, he needs to be checked for a urinary tract infection.
Gail
I have a sprayer too and I consulted an animal behaviorist (Dr. Nicholas Dodman through his service at Tuft's called PetFax). We put my cat on prozac which really helped alleviate the spraying problem. In fact, we got his spraying behavior under control so well that we were able to discontinue using the prozac. Until recently, however. I got a kitten and Scooter started spraying again. I tried using Feliway but it really didn't help. So now Scooter is back on the prozac and the spraying has stopped.

I'm not big on medicating my pets, but in this case the prozac really helped.
Sue
I have a sprayer too and I consulted an animal behaviorist (Dr. Nicholas Dodman through his service at Tuft's called PetFax). We put my cat on prozac which really helped alleviate the spraying problem. In fact, we got his spraying behavior under control so well that we were able to discontinue using the prozac. Until recently, however. I got a kitten and Scooter started spraying again. I tried using Feliway but it really didn't help. So now Scooter is back on the prozac and the spraying has stopped.

I'm not big on medicating my pets, but in this case the prozac really helped.
Sue
I have a sprayer too and I consulted an animal behaviorist (Dr. Nicholas Dodman through his service at Tuft's called ... the spraying has stopped. I'm not big on medicating my pets, but in this case the prozac really helped. Sue[/nq]What dosage do you use (and how much does your cat weigh)? I ask because my sister has had a spraying problem with one of her cats for four years. This cat is otherwise a loving, friendly, affectionate cat. She has tried numerous products (including feliway), but I don't think she tried any of them long enough to really give the medication a proper chance. I recently paid for Tufts PetFax on her behalf, and they recommended prozac. Her own vet has never used prozac and does not seem very open to it.
He did give her a prescription for it at her request, but her vet is very negative on using it. He said that the literature indicates numerous side effects, but I have read about a number of success stories with prozac when other medications did not work. I would love to find something that would help both my sister and her cat. The reason I asked about both dosage and weight is that her cat is very large. She has not yet contacted the Tufts vet in person, but I am trying to encourage her to do so (it's included in the price I paid).
Also: how do you administer it? Did you purchase yours from a compounding pharmacy and include it in food, or did you use a different method?

Thanks!
MaryL
(take out the litter to reply)
Mary,
Scooter weighs about 17 pounds so he's a pretty big boy. He gets 4 mg a day. There's a formula as to dosage but I don't have that info here at home. I can get it for you if you really need it. I have the med compounded into the correct dosage in a chewable treat through vetrxrx.com (1-877-vetrxrx). Tuna flavored. Scooter still doesn't like the treat much, so I administer it much the same way you would a pill.

My vet was not familiar with prozac either but she was willing to give me a prescription since I did consult with a behaviorist. Now that she sees a success story, she's all for it. As far as side effects, yes, there are a few like increase chance of liver and/or kidney problems. I have blood work-ups done on Scooter about every 4-6 months to make sure there aren't any problems. But I think the benefits outweigh the potential problems. I have read lots of good things about using prozac..Dr. Dodman is high on it. It can be used long term without real problems. And it really helped the spraying problem. Scooter sprayed for 8 years before I finally found a solution. Of course, I do do other behavior modifications in addition to the medication.
If I was your sister, I would definitely contact Tuft's and have that prescription filled. She may prove her vet wrong.

Hope that helps.
Sue
"MaryL"
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