Lysine is used to treat a variety of illnesses in cats. This amino acid is used for stomatitis, feline herpes, and various ailments affecting the immune system. Also, even though the medication is given in correct dosages, there is always a risk for side effects.
Lysine Side Effects in Cats
- Lysine medications sometimes come with propylene glycol. Pet owners should always read the label of any medication because this propylene glycol can cause severe anemia in cats.
- There is always a risk of the cat developing an allergic reaction to the medication. This allergic reaction could manifest in chills, severe sneezing, vomiting, facial swelling, and diarrhea. This could also present as persistent scratching due to itchiness and pale gums. In some cases, the cat could have seizures and could actually die from the allergic reaction.
Too Much Lysine Side Effects
- Giving the cat too much lysine could actually make the excess lysine react with antibiotics and other medications administered. The reaction produces toxic products and by-products. This could lead to vomiting and stomach pain.
- Pet owners must watch out for signs of pain – especially if the cat begins biting or trying to bite its own stomach. In such cases, bring the cat to a vet immediately.
How to Deal With it
- It is always best to consult a vet before trying to medicate the cat (or any pet) for an illness.
- Make the cat feel comfortable.
- Consult a vet as soon as possible so that the dosage can be corrected. An early visit to the vet could save the cat’s life.