Newsday Tuesday – Danger in the Medicine Cabinet

SmokeyWPixAre you ever tempted to give your cat medicine intended for human consumption? I know, most of you probably think this is an off-the-wall question. But, according to the Pet Poison Hotline website, nearly fifty percent of the calls they receive regarding pets who have ingested something toxic, involve human medications.

Some well-meaning owners actually give their cats human medication. But probably the most common way a cat gets medication intended for humans is when you inadvertently drop a pill, only to have an active cat or a kitten dive for it. Some cats will eat what they find.

Should you give your dog’s medication to a cat? According to the experts, absolutely not. Meds that are safe for dogs, often times are not safe for cats.

Sure, vets will recommend a human medication to treat an animal on occasion, but this is not something you should do on your own—ever. Here are some of the common meds that can harm your cat: anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen. Tylenol, (acetaminophen) is extremely dangerous to cats. Do not give them Excedrin or over-the-counter cold remedies such as Theraflu. Diabetes medicine can play havoc with a cat’s system, as can antidepressants, blood pressure meds, birth control pills, and medicine for ADHD.

A good rule of thumb is to have a good relationship with your veterinarian and never ever give your cat anything without checking with your vet first.

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