- Apr 27, 2011
I would definitely call the vet and remind them you need to give her gabapentin before the appointment.
Great news! I hope the appointment goes well for all.I emailed the vet back--they said they should not have to do a biopsy after all (thank goodness, I was worried about the aftercare for that) and that she can eat and ideally take her gabapentin before her appointment. Whew! Thanks for joining me on this rollercoaster.
Thank you-- this is very reassuring. As I type this she is meowing, which is hard to hear. I hope we can regain some equilibrium in the coming weeks.Great job! What you are describing is not all that unusual for a cat of this type...or even for cats who have been pets for their entire life. Fiona herself was clearly psychic and if I even thought to myself that I had to get ready to take her to the vet she was nowhere to be found.
Putting on a jacket or gloves might be a tip off to the cat that you are up to something, but I do recommend that you cover yourself up the next time.
She may be wary for a few days, but just act as usual and give her some space. She does not know if this is going to repeat itself and once she understands that there will not be many interruptions to her life she will settle down. I have cats, Rikki my flame point boy in particular, who will actually find me in the house and hiss, then turn and walk away, if I have done anything that they do not like. Sometimes more than once if he is angry enough at me.
Is there a treat that she likes that you can offer her, which includes just leaving it in her dish and exiting the room?
You have only been home with her for a short period of time and this behavior is very typical, so don't panic or feel as if you have done anything that has really thrown things off.
Thank you-- hearing her caterwauling is the worst part of this. Since last November she's spent probably over a month in that room, and with the exception of one peep towards the beginning she hasn't made any noise whatsoever. She hasn't stopped meowing since we got home. I'm thinking about giving her a dose of gabapentin tonight just to calm her down.Remember this is all a process and it can take lots and lots of time and patience. Her behavior right now is completely typical. Try to get her routine back to normal. I would also suggest spending lots of time with her. Sit on the floor ( so not to loom over her) and talk with her. Play quiet music for her. Just be in her space. Have you tried any catnip for her?
She may hide for awhile and be a bit wary of you, but in time that will all fade. Keeping her inside is an absolute must. Outside life would be so very dangerous for her.
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That might be a good idea. It would help her have a restful night.Thank you-- hearing her caterwauling is the worst part of this. Since last November she's spent probably over a month in that room, and with the exception of one peep towards the beginning she hasn't made any noise whatsoever. She hasn't stopped meowing since we got home. I'm thinking about giving her a dose of gabapentin tonight just to calm her down.
Thanks, I really hope that's driving this. It's extremely out of character for her. I'll hold off on giving her any more.In rare cases gabapentin can backfire and cause excitability. This is not the same thing as an overdose which would probably cause excessive lethargy. if the gabapentin was only meant for extremely short term use, you might not administer it and see if that helps. If your vet told you that in any way it needs to be decreased then she needs to be weaned off of it slightly more slowly.
Thanks. I'm worried because this is such new behavior for her, out of all the time we've had her, including three other vet visits. I tried some harp music earlier but it didn't seem to do much. The only time she stops pacing and howling is when I go in and talk to her.It has been a hard day for her. Do you have some calming cat music you could play for her? Amazon music has calming cat music as does you tube. She just needs time to settle. I have used a sound machine too.
Thanks for asking... this morning she is quiet. She ate a little food I put down late last night but hasn't eaten today. The room is in disarray from where she was pacing and pawing at things. I'm wondering if this could be attributed to either the gabapentin or the possibility that she might not be spayed after all, despite having what appears to be an ear tip. It was just so extreme. Our former tomcat was meowing under the door at her (both of our current cats were very freaked out). I guess wait and see if this behavior repeats itself, and then evaluate if she needs to go back to the vet.How is she doing today?