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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 2:15 pm 
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Today I gave Lady Marmalade her second dose of an anti-anxiety medicine, fluoxitene. (The dosage was .1 cc, given orally via syringe.) I gave it to her yesterday and there was no problem. Today when I gave it to her, she foamed at the mouth a large amount and began to shake her head. I immediately called the emergency vet, and they said that this was likely hypersalivation, that it and the head shaking could easily be the result of a bad taste in her mouth. They said since she hadn't had a seizure, I should just monitor her. She is acting ok. Has anyone ever experienced anything similar with your cat? Obviously I will call my regular vet tomorrow before giving her another dose. Now I am also worried because I have looked up side effects of fluoxitene in cats and a fairly common one is anorexia. My cat already weighs only 5 1/2 pounds after going on an allergy diet. :(


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 Post subject: Re: Cat help
PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 2:16 pm 
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When cats taste something super bad, i.e. medicine, they will foam at the mouth and flail around trying to get the taste out. I can't imagine liquid prozac tastes very good!

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 Post subject: Re: Cat help
PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 2:56 pm 
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Thanks RC. I've never seen it before. It was so upsetting. I'll try to aim for her gums instead of her tongue next time and see if that helps. I know that SuzyHB has a compound that she massages into Patrick's ears. Maybe I'll look into that if my cat keeps up with this.


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 Post subject: Re: Cat help
PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 3:09 pm 
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Aw, poor Lady Marmalade! For what it's worth, we have two cats on liquid prozac now and both of them take their daily dose mixed in with their food, with no ill effect. We get our prozac from a compounder, however, and perhaps he uses a tasty oil to suspend the prozac. The dosage is 0.5 cc and 0.6 cc of suspension for each cat. They have not shown any side effects of anorexia. I normally do not like to add stuff to their food, but these cats are really difficult to catch hold of (semi-feral), so I could never do a manual dose of anything with them, so it's lucky for them and me that they are amenable to eating medicated food.

They are taking prozac to help with some inappropriate urination problems. It has helped.


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 Post subject: Re: Cat help
PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 7:34 pm 
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I'm so sorry, Jocelyn- it must have been so upsetting to see lady marm in distress. One day Luna was very sick and had diarrhea and I remember her foaming at the mouth and being freaked out by it. I don't know if this is helpful, but when I was a teen I couldn't swallow pills so I took liquid prozac (fluoxetine) and it was quite gross tasting to my recollection. I don't blame Lady Marmalade for not enjoying it. I hope she feels better very soon!

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 Post subject: Re: Cat help
PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 7:46 pm 
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My cat did this when I had to give her a liquid antibiotic twice a day for two weeks...not fun! I found it helped to aim the medicine right down the back of her throat, as far back as possible.


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 Post subject: Re: Cat help
PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 2:35 am 
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I'm sorry celyn, that sounds scary! I hope it's going to go down easier the next time. Poor Lady Marmalade!

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