Over-the-counter pain relief for cats

Updated July 19, 2017

Managing your cat's pain is essential for a happy, healthy pet. A pain-free cat will live a long and healthy life and, according to a study at the University of Minnesota, people with pets live longer too. Every cat owner should know the signs of a cat in pain and what options are available for over-the-counter pain relief. Before starting your cat on any medication, however, consult with your veterinarian.


Symptoms of a cat in pain include lack of appetite, growling, hissing, loss of weight, lethargy, change in grooming activity, accidents and lack of socialisation.


For arthritis pain, use glucosamine and chondroitin. Feline diarrhoea can be treated with Chinese herbs. Check with your veterinarian for proper dosing.


Many over-the-counter pain relief medications for humans, such as Tylenol, are more toxic for cats because a cat's liver functions differently. Small dosages of baby aspirin can be used with guidance from a veterinarian.


Avoiding injury is the best way to keep your cat pain free. According to CAWS, indoor cats live longer by avoiding injuries, cars, poisoning and diseases.


According to National Geographic, acupuncture may be an option for animal pain relief and has been used on cats and dogs. Massage and aromatherapy therapy may relieve your cat's pain as well.

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