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A cat’s journey from anxiety and fear to calm and happiness — 3 Comments

  1. Or was he given Baytril at some point? I know I see it everywhere because it happened to me through the human equivalent of that poison masquerading as medicine, but quinolones can cause long lasting and severe psychiatric symptoms in both humans and animals because they damage the parasympathetic nervous system. When “rest and digest” stops working what you have left are fear, anxiety, anger, agitation and a sensation that your very life is in danger when nothing is wrong, nothing is happening.

    A cat reacting that violently just out of nowhere– maybe his past was that bad. But it seems like animals adapt and get over things like that quicker than humans. They live in the now, and they don’t worry about the future. Hence my concern that his autonomic nervous system had actually been damaged– which can happen two ways, generally– a head injury or an injury from a pharmaceutical. My guess is there was some type of injury to his brain, not just anxiety because of what he went through.

    What is sad is that drugs like Baytril when given to animals constitute abuse, and they are given by those who love their pets. However, the side effects can absolutely result in behavior like what this cat demonstrated. To me that is even more sad than if this cat’s brain injury came from blunt force trauma to his head inflicted by someone who hated him. What if it all started by his brain being damaged by Baytril by people who actually loved him, but then could not handle him?

    Don’t confuse side effects of a medication (usually short lived) with the brain damage drugs like Baytril can inflict. I am three years past taking Cipro and recently had a relapse so profound I had to miss a day of work because the slightest stimulation was making my heart race and my blood pressure sky rocket. For a solid month I was like that, with ever worsening intensity. Never had issues like that prior to Cipro.

    I was just told by a doctor I trust that those symptoms will likely cycle for the rest of my life. So when I see an animal with an obviously damaged brain I do wonder if the damage came via pharmaceuticals. I can’t help it because I am a human damaged by pharmaceuticals. I hate that they had to put him on tranquilizers. Those aren’t great for our brains either, but if he is getting some relief it may be the best option in a bad situation.

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