What kind of pain medicine can i give my cat
PetMD suggests you should never give your cat any kind of pain medicine, though some vets will prescribe ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
"Ibuprofen and aspirin in particular can cause stomach irritation and vomiting if they're given to cats," says Dr. Kinney.
Because cats have a more sensitive stomach than you and me, they are more likely to react negatively to pain medication.
"I believe it's because they have a less acidic stomach, so they're more sensitive to the chemicals in the medication," says Dr. Kinney.
This is especially the case with aspirin.
"Aspirin can irritate the stomach lining and cause vomiting if it's given to cats," says Dr. Kinney. "I would never give aspirin to my cats, except for an occasional dose of Tylenol for pain."
If your cat does require medication, Dr. Kinney suggests making sure it's a pain reliever that is appropriate for his or her size.
"I call it the '10 pound cat rule,'" says Dr. Kinney. "I would never give aspirin to a cat that weighs more than ten pounds."
Cats that weigh more than 10 pounds should be able to tolerate the pain of an occasional dose of Tylenol without vomiting.
"If a cat weighs less than 10 pounds, I always give them Tylenol or ibuprofen for pain," explains Dr. Kinney.
Vets will also recommend giving your cat an anti-inflammatory or pain reliever like aspirin.
"If there's any form of inflammation in their body, I will give them an anti-inflammatory like aspirin or ibuprofen," explains Dr. Kinney.
Aspirin is also a good choice for cats with arthritis.
"I give them aspirin for pain, and that's about it," says Dr. Kinney. "I've seen a lot of cats with arthritis that can tolerate aspirin."
Some cats will require pain medication for conditions like dental pain or ear infections.
"If a cat has dental pain, I give them an anti-inflammatory, but I don't have to give them pain medication," says Dr. Kinney.
If your cat is suffering from an ear infection, Dr. Kinney says vets will recommend an anti-inflammatory like aspirin to help with the pain.
"But I never give them anything for pain," says Dr. Kinney.
The Bottom Line
Aspirin is safe to give your cat in small amounts.
"If you're giving them an aspirin-containing pain reliever, it's fine to give them one every other day or every three days," says Dr. Kinney.
But you should never give your cat aspirin for pain.
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