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  1. Friend's Friend

    Chronic Health Issues / Quality Of Life / "when?"

    Hello, 1 bruce 1. :) Yeah, I'm really wary of purchasing through online retailers; the upshot of in-person contacts is that presumably if word-of-mouth is that they're good, then they're good. As for my vet's response . . . She works in a tiny private clinic--actually, she's the first vet to be...
  2. Friend's Friend

    Chronic Health Issues / Quality Of Life / "when?"

    Hey Feeby, Nah, the food's a non-issue. ^_^ At least insofar as his hyperesthesia is concerned. It does add a hitch to the whole "Diet might help" situation, but I've also read of people for whom changing their cat's diet doesn't work, so . . . I'm in favor of keeping that even-keeled, and...
  3. Friend's Friend

    Chronic Health Issues / Quality Of Life / "when?"

    Thank you both so much! <3 Apologies for my delayed response . . . In no particular order: does anyone know how to get ahold of CBD oil? My vet mentioned it but added "I'm not really supposed to tell you about it." (I know it doesn't have THC in it, so it's for the "chill" factor, not the high...
  4. Friend's Friend

    Chronic Health Issues / Quality Of Life / "when?"

    Hello, friends. Thank you both. <3 Jem--thank you for your response. My vet is fantastic; she's seen us for free before (when what she saw us for would have cost in the hundreds of dollars) . . . She's done everything she can, I think. Even she's got a boss to answer to, at the end of the day...
  5. Friend's Friend

    Chronic Health Issues / Quality Of Life / "when?"

    I'm so sorry for my prickles, friend. I know this topic raises a lot of alarm bells for people, and unfortunately, yes, I do know that there are folks out there who rush to euthanize their pets at the first sign of trouble, or who blame their pets, or any number of things. The truth is that even...
  6. Friend's Friend

    Chronic Health Issues / Quality Of Life / "when?"

    Thank you for the reply. With all due respect, while I mentioned external stresses, my mental health / anxiety is actually halfway decent, considering the circumstances, and unfortunately I'm doing everything I can (in conjuncture with a therapist) to keep the pieces together. And obviously I...
  7. Friend's Friend

    Chronic Health Issues / Quality Of Life / "when?"

    Greetings, friends; I hope everyone is well. I'm writing because there's a lot of external stuff going on in my personal life, which is making this situation all the more difficult, and I'm looking for a bit of guidance. For those who've had cats with chronic illnesses that aren't, ostensibly...
  8. Friend's Friend

    Hyperesthesia And Long-term Gabapentin

    The thing with my guy is he's super sensitive to stimulation in weird ways. I've tried snapping fingers, clapping hands, none of that distracted him . . . it's like I have a very, very small window in which to distract him with a laser pointer. (Catnip's also on my "things to get" list.) The...
  9. Friend's Friend

    Hyperesthesia And Long-term Gabapentin

    I've also found this to be true in Friend's case, thankfully. I bought a laser-pointer and distracting him with that when he starts the "routine" of an episode, it does seem to take his mind off of things and--as you said--a full-blown attack doesn't happen. I'm incredibly grateful for that...
  10. Friend's Friend

    Hyperesthesia And Long-term Gabapentin

    Hello, friend! ^_^ I personally didn't notice any adverse reaction to Gabapentin in my guy--and he's known for having bad reactions to meds. Basically he was just super stoned and happy on the Gaba, and I know it's widely prescribed. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that it takes the edge off...
  11. Friend's Friend

    Hyperesthesia And Long-term Gabapentin

    You betcha, friend! :) Also, I'm sorry if I came across as short in my response to you in the post above. I just realized it might come across as terse. :( (Same to you, WhiteShadow! <3)
  12. Friend's Friend

    Hyperesthesia And Long-term Gabapentin

    Hey friends! FeebysOwner: Yep, that was one of the first threads I saw when I did a Google search to figure out why my vet would prescribe a med intended for dogs. :) WhiteShadow: Thank you for the info! That is a small study indeed, although I don't know that the absence of Clomicalm...
  13. Friend's Friend

    Hyperesthesia And Long-term Gabapentin

    Just to update everyone: My vet ruled out Gabapentin because she's more concerned about the neurological aspect of it; the Gaba was primarily employed for short-term pain relief (lingering UT issues and what we thought was a jacked-up spine from a bad jump). (I know it's also used as an...
  14. Friend's Friend

    Hyperesthesia And Long-term Gabapentin

    Hey friend! Thank you for the reply and the thoughts! Yes, I was assuming that, like most drugs, the amount of sedation would be directly related to the dosage. Again, my concern is just that he's a big cat, so if it's dosed by weight--well, there we go. But maybe it isn't! Oops, did I say he...
  15. Friend's Friend

    Hyperesthesia And Long-term Gabapentin

    Hey friend! Nah, long replies are great! :) Really, I appreciate it! Yes, Friend's on the Purina Pro Plan stuff. ^_^ No prescription needed, it comes through Amazon, good stuff. As for Friend's symptoms . . . at first my vet and I just thought it was a combo of urinary issues and then back...
  16. Friend's Friend

    Hyperesthesia And Long-term Gabapentin

    Hey friend, Thanks for the response! We haven't run a battery of tests because I just can't afford them right now. If I had unlimited money, I would love to get him tested for other things, in the event that it isn't hyperesthesia but something else. (Not to question my vet's diagnosis, but...
  17. Friend's Friend

    Hyperesthesia And Long-term Gabapentin

    Hey friends! Yet again I apologize for being the person who posts and runs, only to squiggle back a few months later with another question. I deeply appreciate everyone's kindness, patience and advice. <3 My situation this go-around is this: Friend's been diagnosed about two months ago with...
  18. Friend's Friend

    "bad Trip" On Buprenorphine? :(

    Ah, yes indeed, friend! :) Some of his behaviors are still . . . different, like his sleeping on my bed in broad daylight rather than his beloved bathroom sink, and being exceptionally cuddly at night, but I think those changes just happened to coincide with his getting sick and isn't related...
  19. Friend's Friend

    "bad Trip" On Buprenorphine? :(

    Hi friend! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and the info. <3 My vet didn't mention what she gave him, but I didn't ask--it was just a quick chat over the phone before she had to head into surgery this morning. I'm sure I can / will ask--I just blanked on it this morning. I was preoccupied...
  20. Friend's Friend

    "bad Trip" On Buprenorphine? :(

    Thanks, friends. <3 Kieka: I can't begin to tell you how relieved I am to hear that someone else has had almost the exact same experience (presuming Friend's reactions are due to the med--see below). That's a huge weight off my shoulders. He's still using the litterbox, still cleaning out his...
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