can i give my cat something for pain

You can give your kitty NSAIDs as long as a veterinarian prescribes them. Cats have a unique metabolism and cannot tolerate NSAIDs for very long without having damage done to their kidneys. Usually, they’re prescribed or given by us, and it’s a very short course, no more than three days.

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Are Human Pain Meds Safe for Cats?

Give your cat no painkillers meant for humans unless prescribed by your veterinarian. If your cat has ingested human painkillers, contact Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435 or your veterinarian right away.

Even at very low dosages, many of the painkillers we use can be very harmful to cats. Indeed, a single Tylenol at regular strength contains enough acetaminophen to kill certain cats. Acetaminophen should never be used to treat feline pain because it severely damages the liver and red blood cells in cats.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) sold without a prescription, such as aspirin, Aleve (naproxen), and Advil (ibuprofen), can also be harmful to cats. They may result in abnormal blood clotting, liver and kidney damage, and stomach ulcers.

One of these medications may occasionally be prescribed by a veterinarian (aspirin for cats at risk of blood clots, for example), but only in very specific situations and at very low dosages.

Joint Supplements for Pain in Cats

Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of chronic pain in cats. Cats with arthritis respond best to multi-modal therapy, which combines various forms of treatment for maximum effectiveness. In addition to painkillers and many other forms of arthritis treatment, joint supplements can be taken safely.

Here are some common joint supplements for cats:

Glucosamine and Chondroitin

Without a prescription, glucosamine and chondroitin-containing joint supplements are widely accessible. They appear to work best when used together. In addition to limiting the degeneration of joint cartilage and aiding in its repair, glucosamine and chondroitin also improve the quantity and quality of joint fluid and reduce pain and inflammation.

Only with a prescription is Adequan and other medication containing polysulfated glycosaminoglycans accessible. They are administered intravenously and function similarly to glucosamine and chondroitin, though some cats appear to respond better to them.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acid-containing nutritional supplements are widely accessible over-the-counter. Because they lessen the activity of enzymes that break down cartilage and help prevent and resolve inflammation, omega-3 fatty acids are thought to be helpful for cats with osteoarthritis.

Joint protectants often contain multiple ingredients. Other dietary supplements with at least some supporting data consist of:

  • Turmeric
  • Duralactin (microlactin)
  • Manganese ascorbate
  • Avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASU)
  • Green-lipped mussels
  • Hyaluronic acid


Is there anything you can give a cat for pain?

Your vet may prescribe the pill robenacoxib, which is also available as an injection. Meloxicam is another NSAID that’s injected, usually after surgery. It can also be administered orally in a liquid form. Your vet might also suggest aspirin, but in small doses and infrequently.

How can I comfort my cat in pain?

Using warm and/or cold compresses can be another way to alleviate pain. Talk to your veterinarian about which might be more helpful for your cat and their specific condition. Pain, illness and injury are sometimes an unavoidable part of the life of every living creature.

Is it OK to give my cat baby aspirin?

Even low–dose or baby aspirin (81mg) can cause harm to cats and dogs, especially those with unknown gastric ulcers or liver and kidney issues. While the dose may be low in a baby aspirin, cats are still very vulnerable to it since it is cleared very slowly from their body and toxic effects can build up.