To me, there’s nothing more heart wrenching than struggling to medicate a sick cat who’s not eating. An appetite stimulant is just one more pill to add to the long list of meds. So the introduction of Mirtazapine ointment for cats is very good news. It’s now available from vets, and all you have to do is rub a little bit inside an ear flap.
Mirataz, the transdermal formulation of the popular appetite stimulant, went on the market a few months ago.
An Appetite Stimulant Just For Cats
Mirtazapine and Cyproheptadine, another popular appetite stimulant used for cats, are both human drugs. Mirtazapine was originally developed as an antidepressant. One of its side effects is increased appetite, which makes it an unpopular choice for most people but great for dogs and cats who aren’t eating well. It also has anti-nausea properties, another plus for sick animals.
Mirtazapine ointment for cats, or Mirataz, was developed by Kindred Biosciences. A company press release says its the first and only transdermal medication specifically developed and approved by the FDA for cats. Compounding pharmacies have to make other transdermal medications.
How Mirtazapine Ointment For Cats Is Different
Mirtazapine pills are usually split into quarters and are given every three days. Mirtazapine ointment for cats, or Mirataz, can be given daily. While other transdermal medications come in syringes from compounding pharmacies, Mirataz comes in a tube.
Wearing gloves, all you have to do is apply a 1.5 inch strip inside the pinna of the cat’s ear. Then, the package insert says, you should avoid contact with the cat for two hours, since you could also absorb some of the medicine through your skin.
Possible side effects of Mirataz include application site reactions, increased vocalization, hyperactivity and vomiting.
Appetite And Weight Loss Are Common In Cats With Chronic Disease
When you’re caring for a cat with kidney disease, cancer, hyperthyroidism and other health issues, getting the cat to eat can be the biggest challenge.
In its press release, Kindred Biosciences says weight loss is the leading cause of vet visits for cats.
Although there are many tricks to entice cats to eat, sometimes appetite stimulants coupled with anti-nausea drugs, if needed, are the only things that work. But many caregivers are reluctant to add even one more pill to the cocktail of meds the cat is already taking.
For cats who live with those reluctant pill-givers, transdermal Mirataz could be a life-saver.