Dear Christopher Cat
I think my cat has arthritis. Is it safe to give her Tylenol? If so, what is the dose?
A good rule to remember is not to give your pet any medication without first checking with your veterinarian.
And under no circumstances should you ever give your cat Tylenol. Just one dose of Tylenol or its generic equivalent – acetaminophen – can kill us cats.
Arthritis is quite common in those of us cats – including my brother Dougie and me – who have reached a “certain age.” In a study of 100 senior cats’ x-rays, 90 showed signs of arthritis.
Many arthritic cats do need medication, but it should be prescribed only after your veterinarian has examined your cat.
Dougie and I take kitty Cosequin, a glucosamine-chondroitin supplement that nourishes our joints. It’s available without a prescription.
In addition, Dougie takes Metacam, a prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration for dogs – but sometimes administered to cats, too.
Keep the Tylenol safely out of reach of your pets, and make an appointment with your veterinarian to have your cat’s arthritis evaluated.