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Cat Medications - Everything You Need To Know About Buying Medication For Your Cat

Are prescriptions generally more effective than over-the-counter medications?

Yes, they are, and they are much safer as well.

Dr. Jennifer Bochnowski
Lowell Animal Hospital

What are the different types of cat medications used to treat, such as antibiotics?

Antibiotics are going to be used to treat bacterial infections.

What about antiemetics?

Antiemetics are medications used to treat nausea and vomiting.


Antifungals treat fungal infections and yeast.


Antihistamines, like Benadryl, for example, are used typically to treat allergic-type reactions.


We tend to use anti-inflammatory medication for postsurgical pain, arthritic pain, and things like that.


Anti parasitics are used to treat intestinal and external parasites like fleas and ticks.


Antiviral medications are for viral infections.

Pain relievers?

We'll often use pain relievers that are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, but we do use other medications like opioids for pain in cats.


We tend to use steroids for allergic reactions. We will use them for anything to take down inflammation, like asthma and inflammatory bowel disease in cats. Those are some common things that we use steroids for.

Do you have any tips on how to give my cat their medicine?

That can be difficult. Sometimes we'll wrap a cat in a towel so that they can't use their claws. They do have something called a pill gun. It's a long plastic tube that you put the tablet in at the tip, and you can press it, and it'll go in their mouth. That way, your fingers are out of the way. You can also talk to your veterinarian about getting their medication compounded. At least some medications can be compounded where a pill can be made into a liquid form that might be easier to give to your cat. It could be made into an ointment that you can sometimes rub in the ear. There are some cases as well where you might be able to crush a tablet and put it in their food, but certainly talk to your veterinarian about that first.

Why is it important to avoid self-diagnosing my cat's need for pain medication?

With cats and dogs, for that matter, you don't want to use any over-the-counter pain medications. Most of them are extremely toxic, especially to cats. Some people think that if they use a little bit or the baby form of the medication, that's going to be okay. But again, things like Tylenol are extremely toxic in cats.

Why is early detection so crucial in getting a good result from cat medications?

With cats and dogs, the sooner you can diagnose a disease or a certain condition and get treatment underway, the better it will be for your pet in the long run. Obviously, if you treat something sooner before it gets out of control, it will be a lot simpler to treat, cheaper to treat, and easier on your pet.

Why should I purchase cat medications from my veterinarian instead of through an online pharmacy?

Many online pharmacies might not be properly licensed or may be curing a counterfeit drug. You may get into some territory where you really don't know what you're purchasing if you buy online.

If you still have other questions and you'd like to reach out to us, you can call us directly at (219) 247-0555, you can email us, or you can reach out on social media. But please do reach out, and we'll get back to you as fast as we can.

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