Studies show that, contrary to popular belief, cats do feel pain – they just try not to show pain so as not to be attacked by other animals. Pet owners who see their cats suffer will surely want them to be well again. There are, of course, painkillers for cats – just be careful to check for overdose and signs of an allergic reaction or side effects.
Most painkillers that are safe for human consumption are fatal to cats – Tylenol, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and many others. Thus, it is best to consult a vet before administering anything to your pets. Still, there are some painkillers that owners can give their pets without the need for a prescription.
Natural Painkillers for Cats
Also read more about painkillers for dogs
Most experts agree that natural painkillers are the pet owner’s best option for alleviating pain in cats. Most of these natural options are administered by mixing with the cat’s food while others are topical applications.
- Fish oil
- Cod liver oil
Over the Counter (OTC) Painkillers for Cats
Remember that human medication may work for cats as long as these are given in the proper does and only when suggested by the veterinarian. Since most of these drugs can easily kill the cat when handled incorrectly, the vet would often administer small doses of morphine or codeine – narcotic painkillers that cannot be purchased even with prescription.
- Fentanyl patches
- Immodium AD (painkiller in case of diarrhea)
- Vitamin supplements
- Aspirin – to be used only with vet supervision