Can Cats Have Aspirin?
Can cats have aspirin? Cat and dog owners alike ask this question. None of us ever want to see our pets in pain, and if we are unable to get to the vets immediately there is a natural urge to do anything you can to alleviate their discomfort. Giving your cat medicine such as aspirin is an all too common result.
The fact is, offering aspirin to your cat can be very dangerous.. Dosage is the main issue here. Cats metabolize drugs in a very different way compared to humans, (or dogs for that matter). A dosage that might reduce pain for us, could end up being fatal for a small cat.
So the simple fact is, cats can have aspirin, as long as it is prescribed by your veterinarian. You need an experts call on just how much to give them.
Can Cats Have Aspirin – Important Information
Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) forms part of a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
While buffered or enteric-coated aspirin is safe and very often used in home veterinary of dogs, it is too strong to be used in the same way on cats. It must be administered with the utmost care and attention.
Even after a small dose of aspirin, a cat may experience a loss of appetite, tummy upset and/or vomiting.
Too much aspirin and your cat may experience a major disruption in their acid-base balance. This leads to more serious issues such as increased toxicity in the bone marrow and liver. Gastrointestinal bleeding and extreme discomfort is a common result.
Can Cats Have Aspirin – Doses
Although you should never administer aspirin doses yourself, the recommended dosage for cats is 5 mg per pound (.45 kg) of body weight every 48 to 72 hours.
Taking those figures, it works out that one adult aspirin tablet (324 mg) is 8 x the dosage for a small cat.
A far safer dosage would be a baby aspirin, (and not more than 1 over a 3 day period), given with food so that your cat does not have an empty stomach.
Can Cats Have Aspirin – Other Precautions
You should also be aware that aspirin interacts with several other drugs. These include cortisones, digoxin, some antibiotics, Phenobarbital, and Furosemide. If your cat is on any other medication, ensure that your vet is aware of the type before they prescribe aspirin or any other drug for that matter.
Drug cocktails are as dangerous for our pets as they are for us.
If your cat is pregnant, aspirin should be avoided. Birth defects have been linked to aspirin consumption during pregnancy.
Other Pain Killers
The effect of drugs such as morphine, codine and Demerol on cats is generally unknown, as the impact can be very unpredictable. Morphine, in a dose that is appropriate for a small dog, has a very different effect on cats, (nervousness, excitability and extensive drooling are just some of the side effects).
More alarming however is the fact that even a slightly too greater dose and the cat may convulse and die. The line is fine and as we say, unpredictable.
Fentanyl is another type of pain-killer that is normally applied via a patch placed on the skin. Again, you should never attempt to use such medicines without veterinary guidance.