What is Buspar for cats?

Also known as Buspirone, it is a drug made for people that veterinarians have started using in cats in some cases. It is an antidepressant, and is often used to stop your cat from spraying and other behavioral issues such as improper urination that cats have. It blocks serotonin, a chemical in the brain, and in cats that can often stop them from acting up. It is an oral medication. One of the big benefits it has is that for many of the cats who try it, you don't have to keep them on it for more than a few months. They will stop spraying and urinating everywhere because of the drug, but after awhile they become accustomed to not doing it anymore and you don't need it anymore. That only works out that way about half the time, though.

   

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There aren't any known side effects to Buspirone in cats, other than behavioral changes. Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease, however - it has made cats so friendly in some cases that owners literally have problems sleeping because the cats are loudly purring or rubbing them. If that happens, though, it's not a permanent problem and you can just take the cat off the medicine. You give it to your cat orally. It has also been used as a way to stop aggressive cats from fighting or attacking people, as it mellows them out quite a bit.

Sources and Useful Links:

http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/buspirone.html

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