Fewer Approved Drugs and Medications for Cats than for Dogs

Cat on drugs  - catnip!

Cat on drugs – catnip!

This is a stub in Wikipedia language meaning a very short post which can be extended by someone who knows more or who can find out more. One reason why there are fewer medications and drugs for cats than for dogs is the lack of financial incentive “for companies to go through FDA approval for cats”.

Note: I can’t think of a good explanation for that except this: the pet drug manufacturers don’t see a sufficient profit in a new product for cats but they appear to see one for dogs. This seems to support the AVMA data that cat owners take their cat to the vet too infrequently and considerable less frequently than dogs. Another sign of cat discrimination. There are plans in some clinics to make them more cat friendly because on reason resisting taking a cat to the vet is the upset that causes the cat and cat caretaker.

As a result of the relative sparsity of feline drugs, the standard cat medications are routinely used “off-label”, which in veterinary language means that they are not approved for use in cats. Surprised?

However, vets have learnt that these unapproved drugs can he effective in cats. Only good vets can prescribe drugs for cats.

  • Source: Page 553 of book 1 listed on this page
  • Note: cats are very sensitive to drugs and medications because they are deficient in a liver enzyme – glucuronidase transferase. This enzyme is important in the metabolism of drugs and medications.
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Fewer Approved Drugs and Medications for Cats than for Dogs — 12 Comments

  1. PoC, this is off-topic, but I just want my fellows to know, that if I could marry in “holy matrimony,” my Shrimp, my Shrimptaro, I would. My best bf accepts this, and says that he would marry Shrimpie as well, if it was acknowledged in Nebraska. <3
    I am so very fortunate to have both as my soulmates, aren't I. My daughter agrees, because she has hers. Might you agree with this? Unconditional love is tantamount to survival. At least in my life… 😉

  2. And you know what? The greatest gift of our human brain is the truth: we can be as sensitive as any other species, and respect it as much as they do!

  3. Our neighborhood had a yard sale this weekend, and so Shrimp, Lovebug and I decided to take advantage of the two sales going on btwn our humble abode. 😉

    My roomie was on a 95-mile bike ride. I fervently carted my things out to the front yard in anticipation of making $500, and as i type, it is still all out there. I had a young boy, probably ’bout ten years, come up to me on his bicycle with best friend in tow, and tried to overpay me the 25 cents that I was asking. So, I gave the little tchotke to him for a “thank you.” he was the sweetest and most well-brought up child I had seen since I raised my own, however selfish that sounds, Michael. I was so pleased with him. He listened while I explained the soldiers coming back from Iraq[Persia] and Afghanistan, Tazh., and other conflicted countries. He is coming back over tomorrow to watch how my IF E.T. interacts with my daughter’s Furbies and my IBM 350. ‘m looking forward to it, as is LoveBug, aka Marco Polo/ Kitten.

  4. sorry, not “IF” but infra-red. you know, The old machines like mine, have IR and you can still write scripts for the Furbies, et al.

    • I agree with you Cal, It be great wouldn’t it. They give so much love very unconditional without judgement. Thats how i feel about my Cats.

  5. It’s time cats were recognised to be as important as dogs and hopefully when declawing is banned… and it WILL be…. maybe people will start to realise that and to respect cats more and to care for them as they should be cared for.

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