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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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Cat freaks out during grooming

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Cat freaks out during grooming
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Michelle-mod replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We haven't found any easily available drugs to be effective enough in these cats - neither benzodiazepines such as diazepam (Valium) or alprazolam (Xanax) nor tranquilizers such as Acepromazine. Injecting them with a reversible dissociative drug such as dexmedetomidine (Dexdomitor) or the irreversible ketamine in a hospital setting and having the groomer associated with the hospital available to groom RoamIt as soon as the drug takes effect is a reasonable alternative for you.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I do not think this is a good answer. I do not believe it is a solution to put your cat under every month for grooming. I want to know why my cat behaves this way -- perhaps you can tell me what kind of cat behavior I should be on the alert for prior to grooming -- or refer me to other persons/vets who have had success handling this behavior.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I have advanced training in feline behavior and must tell you that cats who become fractious when groomed aren't readily amenable to behavioral reconditioning. Habituation is most likely to be the most successful of the techniques and consists of initially grooming for a very short period of time and when RoamIt stays calm, he is rewarded with favorite treats. Grooming time is extended and rewarded until you're able to complete his grooming without his becoming fractious. Desensitization and counterconditioning, response substitution and flooding aren't appropriate for these cats.
Please continue our conversation if you wish.