Household Medications for Cats

Household Medications for Cats

There are human medications commonly found in the household.

These products can be used in cats and are especially useful if you can't reach a veterinarian immediately. There are better products out there to use than these.

This is only a temporary list to use for a very short period of time. Listed below are some dosages and common usages. To be used only for a short time.

Please follow the advice of your veterinarian when using medications.

This is only meant to help out and not replace your veterinarian!

                 Human medications that can be used on cats:

ProductCommon UsageFeline (cat) Dosage
Vitamin Bused as an appetite stimulant 1/2 to 1ml subcutaneously every 24 hours
Benadryltreats allergies, itching etc.1/2mg per lb. every 8 hours (max dose 2mg per lb.)
Dramaminereduces motion (car) sickness up to 10mg every 8 hours
Hydrogen Peroxide 3%used to induce vomiting after accidential ingestion of poison 10ml by mouth every 15 minutes
Epinephrine 1:1000used to treat reactions following medications, insect bites & stings 1/10 to 2/10ml intramuscular or subcutaneously
Di Gel Liquid antacid and anti-gas up to 2 tbs every 8 hours
Mineral Oil  eliminates constipation up to 2 tbs daily
Kaopectaterelieves diarrhea 1 ml per lb. every 2 hours

                                                              Antibiotic Dosages for cats

The following is a list of common antibiotics prescribed by veterinarians. Recommended dosages and common usage's are included. Please follow the advice of your veterinarian when using antibiotics.

ProductCommon UsageFeline (cat) Dosage
Amoxicillinused to fight bacterial infection5 mg per lb. daily
Ampicillianused to fight bacterial infection 10 mg per lb. every 6 hours
Tetracyclineused to fight bacterial infection 10 mg per lb. every 8 hours
Penicillian i300,000 units/milused to fight bacterial infection1 ml per 30 lbs. subcutaneously

Common medicines and so called social "drugs" which definitely should not be given by owners to their pets are:

* Paracetamol

* Ibuprofen

* Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

* Alcohol of any kind

* Benzocaine

* The laxative phenolphthalein

* Iron supplements

* Vitamin D supplements

* Nebuliser medications prescribed for asthma

* Drugs used to control "fits" e.g. phenytoin (toxic in cats)

* Coffee and tea (due to the caffeine content)

* Cannabis or any other illegal drug.

All of the above have been documented to cause serious illness - and are potentially fatal.

The message is - NEVER assume what is safe for you and your children is safe for your pet - the chances are it isn't.

However, there aren't as many drugs specifically designed to treat diseases and conditions in animals. This means human drugs (those not tested for use in animals) are used if there is no species-specific alternative. This is where the compounding pharmacist comes in. A few reasons for compounding medications include:

Your pet will only take liquids but the medication is only available in pills

Flavoring the medication makes it easier to administer the medication

Your pet needs a drug without a certain additive

Combining drugs together can help you administer the drug

The strength of medication you need for your pet is not available

Your pet is taking a human medication that was removed from the market

! Animal Poison Control Center is sending a nationwide alert to pet owners about common human medications that can be dangerous and even deadly to pets. Thousands of cats and dogs needlessly suffer and many die each year by accidental ingestion of human medications.
By category, the most commonly reported medications included non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers, antidepressants, cold/flu medicines and diet pills.

Tips to help keep pets safe from accidental exposures to human medications:

  • Human medications are not formulated for pets; never give your pets medication unless you are directed to do so by a veterinarian.

  • Keep all drugs out of your pets' reach in closed cabinets. Cats especially have the ability to jump onto tables and countertops, where medications can easily be knocked over.

  • If you suspect that your pet may have ingested a medication or other poisonous substance, seek medical attention immediately.
Some More Products That Can Be Used For Cats:

Imodium ADone 2mg caplet per day for two daysFor Diarrhea
Dramamineup to 10 mg. every 8 hoursUsed to reduce motion (car) sickness
Benadrylup to 2 mg. per pound every 8 hoursTreat Allergies, itching, etc.

As with all of these medications you should always use care. You should take care NOT to overdose and know the weight and health of your cat.

Medications you should NEVER USE!

Tylenol (Acetomenophin)NOT RECOMMENDED
Kaopectate: (due to new formal change)NOT RECOMMENDED