Last week, I came to the end of my very long rope. Tinsel has been having "litterbox issues" for the last year or so, and they've been getting worse in the past few weeks. She's not "missing" the litterbox: She's just choosing to "go elsewhere" once or twice each day. I've tried every possible way to get her to use the litterbox. The vet has ruled out any physical problems.
So what's the cause of Tinsel's problems? It's simple: L-I-L-Y. Aggressive Alpha-Cat Wannabe Lily came into Tinsel's serene world two years ago, and Tinsel's not one bit happy about it.
So Tinsel is now on a short-term course of Prozac. (Yes, this is the same anti-depressant that people take, but a lower dose.) The idea is to reduce Tinsel's anxiety so that she'll stop acting out her anger on the carpet.
Since she's been on Prozac, I've learned a few things:
* Cats have to be set up as patients in the Walgreens pharmacy system. Tinsel now has her own account: Tinsel Cat.
* The package insert indicates that Prozac "may cause drowsiness." Since Tinsel already sleeps 23 hours per day, this side effect might be somewhat difficult to detect.
* Tinsel doesn't like to take her pill. She holds it in her mouth and spits it out when she thinks you're not looking.
* Tinsel has been sleeping through lunch and dinner. We have to wake her up to eat. After a few days, this should improve and she should not be as drowsy.
* So far, the Prozac seems to be working. Tinsel hasn't had a single litterbox issue since she started taking it.
But while the cat may not have issues, I apparently do: This morning Daughter gave Tinsel her medication for the day and then left the house. Later, I also gave Tinsel her medication for the day without realizing she'd already taken it. As soon as I discovered I'd given Tinsel a Prozac overdose, I made a frantic call to the vet's office.
"Will she be OK?" I asked the vet breathlessly.
After a considerably long time checking The Book, he finally returned to the phone: "Don't worry...You're below the LD."
Tinsel may be all smiles, but after that little episode, I could use some Prozac for myself.
Edited to add: After yesterday's incident, Daughter made a lovely chart to keep track of Tinsel's medication. :-)