Can I give my cat paracetamol?

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The self medication is a dangerous habit that puts human health at risk and that unfortunately some owners have also transferred their pets, making this practice even more dangerous for those animals that live with us, especially if it is carried out with human medicines.

We know that cats, despite their free and independent nature, are also susceptible to numerous pathologies that the owner can clearly perceive due to various symptoms and also behavioral changes.

It is at this moment when we can erroneously self-medicate our cat, to avoid any type of accident, in this Animal Expert article, we answer a daily question: ¿Can I give my cat acetaminophen??

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  1. What is paracetamol?
  2. Can I give paracetamol to my cat?
  3. What if my cat has accidentally taken paracetamol?
  4. Help us end self-medication in pets

What is paracetamol?

Humans are so used to the practice of self-medication that on numerous occasions we do not know the nature of common drugs, as well as its indications or its mechanism of action, which is dangerous for us and even more so for our pets. Therefore, before evaluating the effects of paracetamol on felines, we will briefly explain what type of drug this is..

Paracetamol belongs to the pharmacological group of NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs), it acts mainly as anti-inflammatory decreasing the synthesis of substances that intervene in the chain of inflammation (prostaglandins) although it is also an excellent antipyretic (lowers body temperature in case of fever).

In humans, paracetamol is toxic in doses that exceed the recommended maximums and it is especially harmful to the liver, the main organ in charge of neutralizing the toxins that come from the drug so that later we can expel them. The high and repeated consumption of paracetamol in humans can cause irreversible damage to the liver.

Can I give paracetamol to my cat?

Self-medicating our cat with paracetamol translates into poisoning and putting our pet's life at risk. Paracetamol is one of the prohibited drugs for dogs, however, the sensitivity of cats to paracetamol is much higher and they begin to show symptoms of intoxication between 3 and 12 hours after ingestion of the drug.

Cats cannot properly metabolize the drug and this results in the death of hepatocytes or liver cells, an organ that is also vital for our pets, so much so that a third of animals poisoned by paracetamol end up dying between 24-72 hours later.

What if my cat has accidentally taken paracetamol?

If your cat has accidentally ingested paracetamol, you will observe the following: symptom:

  • Soft spot
  • Depression
  • Vomiting
  • Tachycardia
  • Shortness of breath
  • Purple / bluish discoloration of mucous membranes
  • Excessive salivation
  • Seizures

In this case you must go urgently to the vet, who will administer a treatment aimed at reducing the absorption of paracetamol, facilitating its elimination and restoring vital signs.

In our article on poisoning in cats and first aid we have already talked about this aspect and the importance of avoiding offering human medicines to our pets.

Help us end self-medication in pets

Self-medicating our pets, even with veterinary drugs, entails multiple risks, which are even greater when this self-medication is carried out with drugs intended for human consumption..

To avoid accidents that could cost your pet's life, become aware, go to the vet whenever necessary and do not administer any drug that has not been prescribed by the appropriate professional.

Discover in AnimalWised the different health problems of cats to inform yourself about any problem you observe. Of course, remember that the vet is the only one who should give you a diagnosis and therefore a recommended treatment.

This article is merely informative, at we do not have the power to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the vet in the event that it presents any type of condition or discomfort.

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