Do not try and self-diagnose your cat. Self-diagnosis can cause a delay in vital medication for your cat. Further, certain medical issues, such as flu, liver failure, and other serious conditions, require immediate veterinary attention.
Are prescriptions more effective than over-the-counter medications?
The majority of prescriptions are stronger. So, certainly, We'd say they're usually more effective depending on the issue. But they are prescribed for a cause. Cats are very sensitive to a wide range of substances, so it's essential to know what you're giving them rather than buying something off the shelf that could harm them.
So my cat can't get what they need from diet alone?
You can help prevent many problems from occurring by feeding your pet a healthy diet. If your cat will eat it and you can feed it exclusively, a hyperthyroid disease can be treated with diet alone, for example. There are also excellent urinary diets available to assist cats with urinary issues. However, if your cat's problem is a medical one, a trip to the vet and prescribed medication may be the solution you need.
What are some common cat medications?
Anti-parasitics, which are medicines for cats that treat tapeworm, heartworms, fleas & ticks, and other parasites are generally recommended as soon as a cat walks through the door,
If your cat has a bacterial infection, especially if they like to play outside and fight with other cats, an abscess may form. They may require antibiotics and medications to reduce swelling and control pain. Certain antifungal medications may also be required.
Antihistamines can also help your cat if they have a lot of allergy-related sneezing.
Finally, if your pet is vomiting, there are anti-nausea and anti-vomiting medications. Then there's hairball relief, which can be helped with a laxatone supplement, diet, and grooming.
How can I get my cat to take medicine?
Cats dislike medication, but depending on your cat, we may prescribe a liquid rather than a pill because it is sometimes easier for them to take. You can also try a kitty burrito, in which you wrap the medicine in a towel and hold them like a baby to administer medications. We may administer a medication transdermally, which means it is absorbed through the skin.
Why is early detection so critical?
Because cats hide their pain and problems, early detection is critical. We know responsible pet owners are very attentive to their cats, but many times, by the time you notice a problem, it is very advanced, making it more difficult to treat and sometimes carrying a worse prognosis than if it is caught and treated early. This is why routine exams are so important.