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Has your Cat Lost his Appetite?

Loss of appetite is common in cats. But, when cats stop eating, it can become a very serious matter in just a couple days, so it’s essential to see a veterinarian right away to diagnose and treat the underlying disease and reinstate adequate nutrition.
 
   Stimulating the appetite should never replace monitoring and ensuring adequate caloric intake, and may not be appropriate in some cases, such as critically ill or severely malnourished patients. There are no medications approved specifically for the treatment of anorexia in cats, and while several drugs have been used for appetite stimulation, due to potential side effects and/or lack of efficacy or predictability, only mirtazapine and cyproheptadine are currently recommended for use.
 
   Cats with chronic kidney disease (CKD) often experience loss of appetite and vomiting and might benefit from the administration of mirtazapine, which in addition to stimulating appetite, has anti-nausea properties. Mirtazapine should only be used in addition to proper nutritional management in cats with CKD.
 
   To make it easier to administer, mirtazapine can be compounded into a transdermal gel that can be applied to the inside of a cat’s ear flap.
 
Our specially-trained pharmacist can work with your veterinarian to customize medications to meet the unique needs of each pet and exotic. To make medications easier to administer so that your pets get the drugs they need, we can compound the best dose for a specific animal into a flavored dosage form, or a transdermal gel when appropriate.

References

J Feline Med Surg. 2014 Sep;16(9):749-56.

 


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