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Q: What pain meds can you recommend to help a hit by car cat?

October 16, 2008 | By VKiggins | 10 answers | Expired: 2147 days ago

VKiggins

Is there a medication that can be tolerated in a cat with a broken leg. Is pain meds important for recuperation?

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Ethel02
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Oct 18, 2008

I would recommend you to give nothing at all unless a Vet gives it to you and I'm really hoping your not trying to fix the leg without a Vet.

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Anonymous
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Oct 18, 2008

One Acetaminophen tablet can kill a small cat. My cat takes pain medication for her arthritis. The medication my cat takes can only be prescribed by a vet and the prescription can only be filled at a vet. It is not a human painkiller.

Use medication only under veterinary supervision. Petsmart's Banfield runs clinic hours every week where they waive the doctor visit fee. They are very reasonable in their prices on stuff, so if money is a problem they might be a solution over your regular vet.

If you tell your cat’s doctor that money is an issue, s/he will work with you to reduce your pet’s health care costs. All the vets I know will do that when asked. Let your cat’s doctor know whenever possible you'd like a human equivalent drug so that you can fill it at a discount pharmacy like Costco (you don't have to be a member of a club discount store to use their pharmacy). Let your cat’s doctor know that you'd like over-the-counter medications whenever possible but sometimes that won't always be possible like if your cat needs painkillers and/or antibiotics.

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Heather
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Oct 17, 2008

If your kitty needed pain meds the vet would have prescribed them. Animals deal with and tolerate pain differently than we do, and it can help protect them, allowing them time to recover properly. If you have concerns, you should take them directly to your vet.

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Kristen C.
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Oct 17, 2008

You should have your cat seen by a Vet immediately to have that leg ex-rayed and set. Pain Meds are very imporatnt. Pain can prevent or slow healing so if your pet is in pain I would highly suggest Pain Meds. I know for Cats that we use Metacam which doesn't only prevent and control pain, it also helps with swelling. Your Pet will be much happier and heal even better with Pain Meds on board.

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Kelly
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Oct 17, 2008

nmlrescuer is right. Pain meds aren't given for the cat's protection. Unlike people, who can follow doctor's orders, cats act on instinct. If they feel fine, they'll act as if they are & end up doing more harm to themselves. The more comfortable the cat feels, the more likely they is to try to engage in activity that is damaging. I've cared for a few cats that had these sorts of injuries. The worst pain usually passes quickly & they'll soon be hobbling around on their casts & joining the family again. If they don't, the vet needs to do a recheck to make sure everything is okay. Don't give your cat anything without checking with your vet. Cats are extremely sensitive to medications & many OTC human drugs or drugs prescribed for other species can kill a cat. If your cat is crying out or exhibiting other signs of being in severe pain, I suggest returning to the vet. If your cat is just exhibiting discomfort, this is normal. Allow it to isolate itself if it chooses & put its food, water & litter box in close proximity so it doesn't have to move all over the house. Make sure the litter box has a low entry/exit especially until your cat learns to maneuver with the cast. Make sure bedding is comfortable but not so cushy that the cast hangs up in it or its hard to get onto or off of. But again, any concerns about pain or changes in behavior need to be addressed with your vet to ensure that nothing is wrong.

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Angie S.
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Oct 17, 2008

I sincerely hope this cat has already been seen by a vet for its broken leg. For further pain management, return to or call the vet for advice and only give medicine prescribed by a vet.

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Anonymous
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Oct 17, 2008

I agree that you should discuss this with your vet. Cats are extremely sensitive to medicines & shouldn't be given anything not made specifically for them. One reason your vet did not prescribe pain meds may be that by eliminating the pain your cat is more likely to reinjure its leg. When they don't feel pain they interpret that as being well enough to walk on & jump on the leg. The pain is a reminder that they can't use the leg & keeps them from hurting themselves.

I had a cat with a broken hip & after surgery she wasn't given any pain meds. It really didn't seem to bother her that much & she responded appropriately by protecting her leg & not trying to climb & jump, which she would have if she didn't have the reminder.

My parents had a cat with a broken front leg. After a procedure at the vet where she had to be given pain meds, she started running around & climbing on their screened-in porch & rebroke her leg. She didn't slow down even then because the pain meds hadn't worn off so she ended up with more surgery & in a cast for months.

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Linda T.
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Oct 16, 2008

Vivian, I tried to respond to your message but was unable. So I am writing here. Since you took it to the Vet, I would call and see if they could perscribe some pain meds. Not all Vets like to do that but just as you know it helps you to not be in pain it is the same with our pets. Do not give it any over the counter medication for people, they can be very deadly, cats metabolisim works differently with the medication then people does.

If the Vet doesn't give you pain meds, go to another Vet to get the meds.

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5ineveryroom
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Oct 16, 2008

You should take the cat to the vet. Your vet can tell you what meds are safe for your cat. Be very careful about giving pain killers to a cat. Only give them the exact medication and dose that your vet recomends. Many pain meds are toxic to cats and could kill the poor cat. Controlling your cat's pain will help him or her be more relaxed and comfortable while they heal. Uncontrolled pain can cause fatigue and undue stress on animals. And, of course, pain is no fun for anyone.

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Linda T.
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Oct 16, 2008

You have to be very carefull with cats, but the best person to ask is your Veterinarian.

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