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Can i give my cat melatonin?

I know that it's a long shot, but does it work? Also, would it be safe? I'm not exactly sure what it is, but it's a pink capsule. It has a number on the side that says 5mg, but it doesn't seem to be anywhere near that in the capsule, so I don't know how much is in it.

My cat has had a stroke. She was 8 months old. She is a little bigger than a regular house cat, and weighs about 16 lbs.

I would love for her to have a happy, healthy life, but I don't know what can be done. I don't even know if she would get better.

What kind of surgery would she need? I've heard that a stent would help her, but I don't know if that is safe.

I don't have time to research the stuff, and I'm just a little lost. I also have a friend who is taking care of her right now, so I would have to ask him about this stuff.

Answer by KatePosted: October 26, 2008 at 12:22:35 PM PDT

Melatonin is not FDA approved to treat any condition in cats. The recommended dosage for an adult cat is 1 mg per kg per day.

You could try it as a last resort for her, but if your cat is old and sick, the chances of her recovering are not very high. It would be my last choice. I'd try other remedies first.

Answer by MaddyPosted: October 26, 2008 at 12:24:24 PM PDT

You cannot give a cat Melatonin. There is no evidence that it is effective for cats in any situation. Melatonin is a prescription medication.

A cat with a stroke has damage to her brn. The first question would be if she has other issues which may limit her recovery. Has she had a history of bleeding or seizures? Are she symptoms consistent with a stroke?

Answer by KatePosted: October 26, 2008 at 12:25:46 PM PDT

Maddy,

Can you expln what a stent is? I'm really clueless about medical terminology. I don't even know what a stent is.

She doesn't seem to be very sick right now. I'm just hoping that she can at least have a good quality life and be happy. I know it's a long shot, but I hope there's something else that can be done.

Answer by MaddyPosted: October 26, 2008 at 12:28:01 PM PDT

Kate,

A stent is a tube with little slits that can be placed in a blood vessel in order to hold open the vessel. You'd place one in the affected area. There are a variety of stents avlable. Aneurysms and blocked arteries are the most common reasons stents are used. I wouldn't recommend trying to find out the type that would be best for your cat. You might want to try asking a veterinary neurologist.

Answer by MaddyPosted: October 26, 2008 at 12:34:14 PM PDT

You know what, it's probably a good idea to ask a vet. I didn't know what a stent was, but it sounds like it may be what I need to get her through the rest of her life. I think she's in a lot of pn right now, and I don't know if she's going to be able to do much for herself.

I will ask my friend to see what he can find out for me, and I'll ask him what you're talking about. I didn't know what that was, and I thought maybe it would help my cat, so I hope she would. I don't want her to suffer like that.

Answer by KatePosted: October 26, 2008 at 12:34:31 PM PDT

Maddy,

You would use a stent to treat an arterial tear or aneurysm that is large or has a high risk of rupture. If a cat has a brn stroke, there is no need for a stent.

Answer by MaddyPosted: October 26, 2008 at 12:35:03 PM PDT

Sorry, I should have sd she has damage to the brn tissue. Not a stroke.

I'm going to call my friend. Thanks, Maddy!

Answer by KatePosted: October 26, 2008 at 12:40:05 PM PDT

It might help to know what kind of damage your cat has. Do you know that, or are you just assuming?

There are many treatments for stroke. The best place to start is to check with your vet.

Answer by MaddyPosted: October 26, 2008 at 12:44:25 PM PDT

Kate,

She has a stroke, but it's not the kind of stroke that you or I would usually treat. It's kind of a secondary stroke. She has another condition that causes the stroke. That condition is the reason she's in this condition right now. I'm sure that's why she can't move. She can't move her left side at all. She has no strength in her left hind leg. That's the first thing I noticed when she had the stroke.

I don't know how old she is. I can tell you that she's been at her new home about a month now, and she has been having seizures. I thought it was stress, and I've been trying to get her to stop having them. They seem to last longer. I think they are caused by an infection that she has. She's also always had problems with her kidneys, and I think that's what is causing the seizures.

I don't know exactly what kind of surgery she would need. I can't tell you that.

I just don't know what to do for her.

I'm sure she's not in a lot of pn, but she doesn't like me.

I know she's just an animal, but I would still like to give her a chance at a happy


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