Tamara, I've never seen it in cats...but I HAVE seen it in people....you feel 
totally helpless to help, I'm sure.  How about something like amytriptaline 
before bedtime?  You can have it compounded into a transdemal application 
(where you just rub the prescribed amount into the inside of the ear so it's 
not as traumatic as pilling.  I will be anxiously awaiting input here from 
others...poor little fellow....

Debbie (COL)
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle"  Philo

> Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2009 08:37:33 -0800
> From: tlstick...@yahoo.com
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Subject: [Felvtalk] OT:help w/post traumatic stress in cat?
> Hello all,
> This is off-topic, and for that I apologize, but I figured with all the cat 
> care-giving/rescuing experience of the people on this list, perhaps someone 
> would have an answer for me.
> I took in stray tabby about 3 years ago.  Had him neutered and vetted.  He 
> had/has many issues including being prone to kidney crystals and infections 
> -which I think we have under control at the moment w/ cranberry powder 
> additive to his food.  He used to be very aggressive towards other cats 
> (something for which my other cat still hasn't completely forgiven him for) 
> and he truly believes himself to be a dog.  He has no fear at ALL of people, 
> cats or canines, -fetches toys, heels, comes when called and will go into his 
> crate if you just mention it...(something even my DOG REFUSES to do!).  
> But..there is one major obstacle to completely incorporating him into the 
> household: he has night terrors.
> Because of his past aggression, he's separated in his own room whenever I'm 
> not home & at night, but I have been trying to get to the point where he can 
> be allowed to sleep with us.  Unfortunately, he has incredible nightmares 
> where he BOLTS INTO THE AIR (we're talking sometimes 2-3 feet HIGH) from a 
> dead sleep and FLEES until he hits something - usually a wall or piece of 
> furniture- hard enough to wake him up.  Then he sits all hunched up and 
> blinking for a few minutes.  If I go to him he immediately starts to purr and 
> rolls over for a belly rub - only after head-butting me a few dozen times.
> I've had him to the vet thinking he was having painful spasms or something.  
> All she could find were old injuries that looked like a car accident may have 
> hit him in the hip area (all healed - he moves fine) and what appear to be 3 
> bebes still lodged in the back of his neck and shoulder area.  She doesn't 
> think they would be the cause of pain now...but both injuries tell something 
> of the first year or two of his life.
> I've tried feline pheromones ...he still has the episodes.  
> As much as I hate putting him in a room by himself at night, while the cat 
> and dog and I share a bed....when he freaks out at night- it sets off a chain 
> reaction of the other cat going all hissy-spazzy and the dog barking and 
> chasing one or both around the condo until he fully wakes up and calms down 
> (I'm surprised my neighbors haven't complained yet!).  (Not to 
> mention....I've gotten kicked in the eye and face time and again as one or 
> more of the animals flee from the shock of Mica's night terrors.
> Has anyone EVER experienced something like this that's on-going?
> Does anyone have ANY suggestions other than time?  (He's been an indoor only 
> cat for 3 years now....and while the dreams do seem to be getting less....at 
> the current rate- he'll have to live well into his thirties until they are 
> gone...-I'm not certain I could survive that! ;-)
> Thanks,
> Tamara, Tobias (yorkie), Coebeio (calico), Micatullyvhim (grey tabby)
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