Medications You Should Never Share With Your Cat

Cats are curious little beings with the incredible talent of getting into things with such ease, especially when they are not supposed to! While veterinarians may prescribe your ailing cat with some of the same medications just in very, very low dosages, it’s very important never to share your meds with your pet, no matter how tempting it may be.

Here are some medications you should never share with your cat:

– Medicinal or Recreational Marijuana

Medical cannabis, which can be beneficial to your cat’s health, is not the same as marijuana – the medical kind is extremely low in THC, which means it doesn’t get your cat high.

– Alprazolam (Xanax)

Normal doses for humans are dozens of times larger than the dose needed for a cat. A tramadol can cause  a seizure, disorientation, vomiting and tremors.

– Opioid Pain Relievers

Vets do use and prescribe opioid pain relievers, but only in appropriate doses for cats. Some opioid pain relievers contain acetaminophen – they should never be given to cats under any circumstances, including Vicodin, Norco, Lorcet and Lortab; and oxycodone and acetaminophen (Percocet).

– Tramadol

The doses for humans are dozens of times larger than the dose needed for a cat. An overdose of tramadol can mean seizures, disorientation, vomiting and tremors.

– NSAID Pain Relievers

Even though dogs do all right with baby aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers designed for pets, cats’ bodies react very differently. Over the counter drugs, including Ibuprofen and naproxen, can cause stomach ulcers and kidney failure.

– SSRI Antidepressants

Cats are sometimes prescribed fluoxetine (Prozac), but that doesn’t mean you should share your antidepressants with your cat. Dosage is much different in cats than it is in people, and when ingested in large quantities, they can cause many problems, including agitation, fever, elevated heart rate and high blood pressure. Seizures could also result.

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