Haven't heard that one before, thanks Christinane

--- On Mon, 12/7/09, Chris <ti...@mindspring.com> wrote:

From: Chris <ti...@mindspring.com>
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] OT:help w/post traumatic stress in cat?
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Monday, December 7, 2009, 6:01 PM

Don't know if it's the same thing-but my Little Boy has these episodes when
he's sound asleep where he's start twiching and bolts in the air usually
throwing himself off the bed or chair or whatever he's on.  He's sound
asleep when it happens & poor thing is all perplexed when he suddenly wakes
up on the floor or wherever he landed.  I took him to my vet & a neurologist
but nobody seems to be able to tell me what it is.  Could be mild
seizures-he's always been a bit clutzy & when I brought him in, my vet
thought he clutzyness might have been related to his mother maybe having had
distemper.  The signs were real weak so no special care needed.  Sometimes,
Little Boy scares me cause he really likes to get up high & I worry about
him hurting himself when he falls.    

Christiane Biagi

-----Original Message-----
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of tamara stickler
Sent: Monday, December 07, 2009 11:38 AM
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

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! ;-)


Tamara, Tobias (yorkie), Coebeio (calico), Micatullyvhim (grey tabby)



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