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  1. My dear sweet cat Magneto has mammary cancer *tumors along the entire mammary glands on her right side, one is substantial and it is open and oozing. She is on an antibiotic Clavaseptin 21 pills- 1 tablet every 24 hours. She is failing and there is no help for her. She is terminal and at a time when it becomes more obvious that she is sick and uncomfortable I will do the most humane thing for her . She is using her litter box less and less, only eating a freckle of food and sleeping a lot. She does not appear to be in pain, but I understand that cats hide their pain. The Vet recommended Onsior. I just gave her one. From everything I’ve read in my research on this drug…it says for 3 days only. The vet has given me 16 pills. How cautious should I be with this. I’m trying to make the time she has left on this earth as comfortable as possible for her. I love her so. My heart is broken.

    • My dear, I feel your pain and distress. Don’t misunderstand me but I think the best thing might be to not delay anymore and let her go. Be careful that you don’t hang on too long. I did that once and I regret it. Only from what you say I am not convinced that Onsior is the answer. What if there is an adverse reaction? That means more suffering. These are just my personal thoughts. Only you can decide. What did the vet say about euthanasia? The very best of luck.

      • The Vet said that once she becomes sick I should have her euthanized. Since last I emailed I have given Magneto onsior twice (the dose is 1 daily) I gave her one at noon on Saturday and again noon Sunday. I am also feeding her, her very favorite wet food to see if it would encourage her to eat. For the last 2 days she has eaten a bit and in fact I was really surprised to take 3 pee clumps out of her litter box this morning and 1 poop (she hadn’t pooped for 4 days and didn’t pee for 2 days). I did not give her an onsior today (Monday). If she was going to have an adverse reaction to Onsior would it be immediate? I’m really beside myself with grief, fear, sorrow. She doesn’t appear to be in pain at least not yet…she isn’t well I know that and she is sleeping a lot but she doesn’t seem to be terribly uncomfortable. I do not want her to be suffering but I do not want her to go until I know she is suffering. The vet didn’t give me anything for her pain when I was there. I called the following day and asked if I could get something (to have on hand) for her if I felt she was in pain. Originally, when the Vet told me she was pretty certain it was advanced mammary cancer, she said that the only way to know for sure would be a biopsy. That is when I came home researched and researched on the internet and concluded and confirmed in my own mind that the vet’s suspicion is right. She said after confirming by biopsy she would not recommend a mastectomy because it is extremely painful and the odds of survival are very low. That is when I decided not to have the biopsy. Magneto stresses and is anxious at the sight of the carrier and further stresses at the vet’s office so I didn’t want to do that to her. In fact I asked the vet, that when the times comes to let her go I did not want to take her to the clinic. I just cannot stand the thought of having her stressed and full of anxiety knowing I would be taking her to be euthanized. l will pay extra for the vet to come to my/her home to have it done. Are there other pain medications. Thank you for your kindness in responding to me. I’m a mess… Heather

        • Contact a cat rescue you trust and ask them what they’d recommend for pain. Your kitty would still have to see a vet to get the meds but you could mention whatever drug the rescue tells you to use. I’m so sorry you’re going through this.

  2. My 13 year old tuxedo cat Sassy is on Onsior. The oncologist that I take her to suggested that we try it to manage her pain. She was diagnosed with bone cancer in her jaw. She’s been on it for almost one month and her blood work came back good. The oncologist said it was “remarkable”. I feel very lucky to have this medicine for her so I can enjoy a little more time with her.

    • I am very pleased it is working for your cat. And the very best of luck to you both. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Thank you so much for posting this article! I am sorry I am so late in finding it. There is precious little information about off label use of so many drugs. She is a magnificently beautiful cat, inside and out. Still cannot believe someone threw her out. But their loss was our gain. Anyway, above all, the cat’s quality of life should be consideration #1. We are continuing the every third day dose until we cannot. Thank you for your site and warm purrs to all the wonderful lovers of cats present here.

  4. Hello, Our 16 year old dilute calico spay rescue suffers from severe degenerative arthritis and stomatitis. She is extremely sensitive to medications especially antihistamines and antibiotics. During a recent flare up, she was prescribed Buprenex (not the first time) which was only helpful for the first day. She has not done well with any pain management until our vet prescribed Onsior for a 3 day trial. She became a different cat. Relaxed, present, happy and able to comfortably eat. Talking. Able to reasonably ambulate the many cat stairs in the house. Able to walk from one end of the house to the other without having to rest on many of the dozens of rugs laid out to aid her. So, beginning on 9/13, starting with the original three day dose, we did two weeks of every other day, then two weeks of every third day. We tried pushing it to every 4 days, but the stabbing mouth pain she experiences when eating reappeared. All of this was done with our vet’s consent and we will do regular blood tests to monitor as we do with all of our feline companions. We know there are risks but we would rather have her enjoy a quality (possibly) shorter life than a (certainly) pain filled longer one. She is also on Cosequin and a grain free, high quality protein diet. And tons of love.

    • Thanks Grace for a very usual comment which adds to the article. Very useful and most welcome. And what a fine photo of a beautiful cat. So sad that she has this pain. Well done in helping her.

  5. I have had my 13 year old cat on Onsior to help with her joint problems for a couple of months now, without noticing any side effects. However, I did notice quite a difference once she started taking a natural supplement called Seraquin. We’ve got our cat back now! She cat sit upright, she can run and play and even jumps onto the shed on a good day. Hope this helps 🙂

      • Hi everyone. I thought I’d chime in, too, since my baby guy has been battling arthritis the last 2 months. He is 16 or 17 (I found him as a baby when I was a teenager but not sure which age). Needless to say we are super duper close, as you all know! I feel terrible that I just noticed he was having trouble lying down and jumping recently, as it seems like it came out of nowhere but as I keep hearing from pet parents like yourself and my vet, cats are very good at hiding pain till it is out of hand. So, I got him to the vet who gave me Adequan (glucosamine/chondroiton) and Onsior. But not in that order. We first tried Adequan for a month but no improvement so I brought him back in for x-rays as I could tell he was having trouble still. I guess he got sore after the x-ray and started crouching while he was eating and drinking (his bottom wouldn’t touch the floor) so I got freaked out that something happened during the x-ray (but know it didn’t he just really got sore) so that is when they gave me Onsior. Now, my vet said that although he can take the 6mg table for 3 days in a row that a lot of vets give it for 6 days in a row. BUT, this morning he puked a little (maybe hairball trying to come up but now I am not sure) and I am thinking I should just stop for now (he had the 3 day dosage). Like you all have noticed, the change is REMARKABLE! He is doing SO much better now and of course, I am elated. I have researched like you all have and so far have to agree with the group consensus, it seems that the positives are outweighing the negatives. I will call my vet tomorrow (Monday) and see what she says but I think I feel most comfortable with 3 day dose for now, especially since his belly got upset today.

        What I am most interested in seeing at this point is if his pain will come right back to where it was in a week :/ I guess I’ll cross that bridge when we get there. Lastly, I have been sprinkling turmeric, ginger, omega 3 oil, and some msm-glucosamine-chondroiton (all in 1) capsule on his food for the last week. I just do a little because he was on to me and wouldn’t touch it, of course, but I have dome a lot of research before doing this and asked a couple of vets and it is VERY safe for those things to be administered to him. Maybe some of you might want to try it?

        Thanks for letting me share and I appreciate any feedback and also hope this may have helped others!

        • Hello Elizabeth. Thank you very much for your extensive comment which is very useful and which I enjoyed reading. It’ll certainly help other people who are researching this matter. It is much appreciated and I’m very impressed with what you are doing for your beloved cat. I don’t think anyone could do more or do better.

  6. I am very interested in trying Onsior for longer term, on my 19y.o arthritic cat. A couple of weeks ago, her condition worsened to some pretty serious lameness. We used Onsior for 3 days thanks to our terrific Vet, and Tillie’s bounce-back was really remarkable, particularly helpful with back leg/hip weakness. Now, 2+ weeks after the first spell, she is seriously lame again. My vet is open to the idea of trying Onsior longer term — either as needed or maybe one treatment every week or two. So I’m interested in hearing more about off label dosing in these kitties. My main goal is to make her more comfortable, and she had no digestive upset that we could see from the initial usage. She’s old, so balancing quality of life off against long term kidney or whatever function is what we’re after. Any thoughts?

    • Hi Patty, thanks for visiting and asking. To be honest I don’t know the answer for sure. However, the information provided states clearly that 3 days is the max and there are some potential considerable side effects even when used as stated. I have a gut feeling that this pain killer should not be used in the long term. And that is based on a risk/reward basis.

      There may be a middle ground in administering a low dose for a long time which may benefit your cat while minimising potential side effects. Sorry I can’t be helpful. Best of luck to you both.

  7. After what Mitzy has experienced with 3 drugs from the vet, I’d opt for cannabis for pain, from CannaPet.

    But I realize that many people on this site may not have experience with cannabis, and
    are fearful. I grew it, and used it for serious arthritis pain, mostly in the form of
    edibles. It helped with the pain, and the depression.

    More information is being revealed about so many benefits to what I call “nature’s gift”. I trust it more than any pharmaceutical.

  8. I realize this response is long after the original posting but I felt I could contribute, at least an additional opinion. My 14yr old male cat was diagnosed with arthritis almost 2 years ago. The vet put him on Onsior 3x a week, and also gave him Buprenex for any acute pain. Fortunately, I have not had to give him the Buprenex since the original diagnosis. It seems to work wonders for his pain, and there aren’t any noticeable side effects. He has had a complete blood panel once a year since starting Onsior and the results have all been within normal ranges. I often think about the long term effects but when I weigh any unknown risk vs his immediate comfort, it is a risk I am willing to take. I have also made adjustments for him around my home to better accommodate his limitations. I have pet stairs for my bed, and for the sofa, an orthopedic bed for him that I added a heating pad to for additional comfort, and lastly a front entry litter box (used to have a top entry that I loved but he seemed to struggle with). All of these changes have resulted in the return of my sweet, cuddly baby!

    • Hi Catherine: I was hoping you would share an update 🙂 My 14 (almost 15yo) girl was diagnosed with arthritis 2yrs ago as well. Recent xrays revealed moderate arthritis in her back hips, and severe arthritis in her lower back close to her tail. 2 of her vertebra are actually touching, so the intervertebral disc has worn away. Like you, I made adjustments for her when she was diagnosed 2 yrs ago: pet steps, orthopedic beds, laser therapy, Cosequin, but her arthritis is worsening. She shuffles around the house and (this may sound silly) I never see her do the classic ‘kitty stretch’ (where they stretch their front legs in front of them, then stand up and stretch their back legs behind them). I completely agree with your statement that weighing the unknown risk vs their immediate comfort is a risk you’re willing to take.

      The doctor prescribed Onsior for her but only for a limited 2-day use. She’s shown some improvement on it even though I’m only giving her 1/4 of the pill (1.5mg), so I’m encouraged and considering talking with the vet about giving this to her (even 1.5mg or 3mg) on a longer-term maintenance basis. She even did the “kitty stretch” before eating last night, which I haven’t seen her do in probably a year.

      I just wanted to check in with you to determine how your baby was doing and whether his blood panels were still normal?

  9. My 13 y.o. tabby has severe degenerative joint disease and is being put on Osion long term. She also does periodical drug tests, but If there are side effects down the road, I will make the tough decisions then. For, not I am enjoying my kitty that is feeling loads better. May have some unknown side effect, but if I get 3 more years of her sweet face, I’ll be happy so long as she is comfortable.

  10. I know feline pain relief is problematic so if this new drug deals with some of the dangers and is the safest while being effective then that is good news for cats. I am sure there are many examples of cats injured or killed through maladministration of pain killers.

  11. The only drawback I see is the cost. It would be close to $100 a month for the medication and since it’s a fairly new drug the vet would likely want to do periodic bloodwork to be sure it doesn’t damage the liver or kidneys. As far as side effect mine didn’t have any. It can suppress the appetite, so watch out for that.

  12. I have wondered about this and think about my very arthritic cat, Lucky.
    I don’t know about long term use effects either, Elisa; but, I’m going to ask my vet.
    She is old and groans when she lies down.
    If it will help and the benefits outwegh the effects, I’ll go for it.

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