Slow is our little drug-kitty.

He has had a heart condition much of his life, and finally went on medications about 8 or 9 years ago (at age 7 or so). More recently his kidneys started to go, so we raised to dosage of his Fortekor, which also helps kidney function. He gets a check up at the vet every 6 months now. On the latest check we discovered a bit of arthritis in the hindquarters, and he is getting hyperthyroid problems. (swollen thyroid, weight loss, plus the blood work came back with elevated thyroid hormones)
Let the parade of drugs commence!

He still gets the Fortekor once a day (which has helped his kidneys, which are now back in the normal range).

Added to that we have the “cat-pep” pills, which are a combination of green-lipped mussel extract, Thiamine, and Taurine. Being made of seafood, there is not problem to get Slow to eat those (twice a day). Those should help with the arthritis.

And then there is the Neomercazole for the thyroid. These pills are “fun”, as you must handle them with gloves! Yikes. Thankfully mixing the pill in a bit of jelly-meat works well, and we have Slow gobbling them down (twice a day).

Yes, Slow now gets 5 pills a day! The Neomercazole is only for a month, then he will get his thyroid tested again, so we can work out if that is the right dosage.

We are going to need to get better presents for our cat sitters in the future!

4 thoughts on “Pharmacopi-cat

  1. Jude says:

    Many sympathies! Dita only gets 2 shots a day, but it’s so MUCH FUN.

    Are the cat-pep pills a NZ special, or do you think they’re findable around here? Dita’s got some back-end malfunction (probably diabetic neuropathy, but possibly arthritis), and I was wondering if they might give her a boost in function.

    I will keep my fingers crossed that Slow is not one of the 15% of cats who are allergic to the thyroid meds. Beltane was, which is why she became a radioactive cat. But with Slow’s kidney function, I doubt he could do the radioactive route.

    Geez! This aging thing really sucks!

  2. Stephen says:

    Thankfully Slow is easy to medicate. He reminds me with great vigour that it is time for his “special treat”.

    I think the Cat-pep pills are NZ only, as they are manufactured in Auckland by Bomac Labs. Green-lipped mussels are very common here, they have them for sale fresh in most supermarkets (nearly?) year round.

    No obvious adverse reactions to the thyroid meds yet.

    Overall I am quite happy to medicate Slow, as it means he is still with us. When he was diagnosed with the bigeminal rhythem and enlarged heart 8 (or so) years ago, I figured he would be lucky to live to 10. And yet here he is, 15, and happy. Sure, age is slowing him down, but he is still alpha cat, still hunts down noses to lick, and still occasionally gets the “rips”. He very much likes the heating pad Tam bought before we went to the states, and spends many hours a day there. When summer comes he will return to sitting out in the sun. He doesn’t patrol around the farm like her did 4 or 5 years ago, though.

  3. Tam says:

    “Jelly meat”, for those Playing at Home, is wet canned food. I usually think of it as specifically the kind that drops out in the shape of the can, all shiny and congealed. As opposed to, say, the tuna-analogs. They use “jelly” here to mean “Jell-o” as well (c.f. “jelly wrestling”). So I get strange looks occasionally if I say I’m having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

  4. MJ says:

    Green-lipped mussel, etc. pills are available in North America; usually marketed as joint supplements, although they also have anti-inflammatory effects on other oragns, notably the bladder. There are many different manufacturers, and many different names (don’t know about Cat-pep). Your vet can probably recommend one. It seems there is individual variability in the response to diffrent formulations – sometimes it takes a few tries to find the one that works best for your own pet. My hypothesis is that response will vary depending on the type of condition affecting the joints. With diabetic neuropathy, I wouldn’t expect to see much of a response to joint supplements.

    – MJ the Vet 😉

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