Boy, that is strange, sounds like he has been traumatized in the past. You could possibly try an anti-anxiety med or even the kitty prozac. I use buspirone for my kitty w/high anxiety. He used to be an only cat, then I continued to rescue one cat after another and now have 4 others which he finds difficult to deal with after being the one and only for so long. The buspirone has little to no side effects and doesn't make them sedentary. The only side effect I have seen in him is that he purrs ALOT more than ever. It only costs me $20 from my vet for 100 pills and they are very small. It has helped him (and me) tremendously.
On Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 4:43 PM, Lorrie <felineres...@kvinet.com> wrote: > Hey Tamara, > > I wish I could help you with a suggestion for your cat with the night > terrors..... My cats don't do this, but my husband does.... He has > horrible nightmares and starts hitting and flailing in the middle of > the night. I've gotten decked so many times I've finally moved into > my own room. He feels terrible about this, but he can't seem to > control it. I hate sleeping alone, especially in the winter when > it's cold :-( > > Lorrie > > On 12-07, tamara stickler wrote: > > 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) > > > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org