How did I wind up with a scaredy-cat?
Cats are often thought to be cool customers—creatures of habit that keep to themselves much of the time. But cats are in fact social animals, and when they have trouble adapting to their environment, they may show unwelcome changes in their behavior. Maybe they meow half the night, become fearful of people and other animals, or suddenly stop using the litter box.
There can be many causes for such behavior, including anxiety triggered by changes within the household or problems with brain function that often affect older cats. Whatever the cause, it’s important to address problem behaviors, since they may become worse or be signs of serious medical conditions.
Below are some products that Virbac has developed to help behavioral problems in cats. If you have questions about any of these products, be sure to talk with your veterinarian. As with any product you use on your pet, always listen to your veterinarian’s instructions and read the product label.
ANXITANE® (L-Theanine) Chewable Tablets
Help keep your cat calm and relaxed to help it cope with stress and changes in its environment. Containing an amino acid found in green tea, ANXITANE (L-Theanine) Chewable Tablets have been clinically proven to help in case of clinical signs associated with fear and anxiety.
Can ANXITANE Tablets be used for separation anxiety?
ANXITANE Tablets promote relaxation in pets exhibiting nervousness, anxiety, or responding to environmentally-induced stress. It is not intended for use in animals with severe phobias, separation anxiety, or in animals with a known history of aggression.
What is the flavoring/protein source for ANXITANE® (L-Theanine) Chewable Tablets?
ANXITANE Tablets are flavored with chicken liver.
Can ANXITANE Tablets be given with other medications?
ANXITANE Tablets can be given for the life of your pet, as well as with other medications.
NOVIFIT® (NoviSAMe®) Tablets
Designed to help older cats maintain healthy brain function by improving their alertness and vitality. NOVIFIT (NoviSAMe) Tablets are nutraceuticals that help in case of behavioral changes associated with brain aging, such as disorientation, abnormal social interactions, disruptions in the sleep-wake cycle, and loss of housetraining skills.
Can I break or crush NOVIFIT® (NoviSAMe®) Tablets?
The tablets are not to be split or crushed. The enteric coating on the tablets provides protection from the effects of stomach acid when digested thus enhancing absorption as it passes through the gastrointestinal tract.
Can NOVIFIT Tablets be used with drugs?
Use caution when using any SAMe (S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine) based products with any SSRI (Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor) drugs
Can I use NOVIFIT Tablets to support liver function?
NOVIFIT Tablets are recommended for aging dogs and cats to help improve their level of activity and awareness. NOVIFIT Tablets are a highly pure and stable form of SAMe presented in an enteric-coated tablet. In addition, NOVIFIT Tablets may also support liver function as SAMe has been shown to increase hepatic glutathione levels in cats and dogs1.
- Center SA, Warner K, Hoffman WE, et al. “Evaluation of the influence of S-adenosylmethionine on systemic and hepatic effects of prednisolone in dogs.” AJVR 66.2 (2005): 330-341.
How soon should I see results in my pet after starting NOVIFIT Tablets?
Allow 60 days to see optimal results. If patient improves, NOVIFIT Tablets are intended for the lifetime of the patient.
If you have questions about any of these products or specific concerns about your pet’s health, print out our Checkup Checklist and contact your veterinarian.