Mirtazapine Ointment For Cats Increases Appetite, Reduces Stress

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Mirtazapine ointment for cats could be a lifesaver for cats who are sick and won’t eat.


Mirtazapine ointment for cats is now available from vets.

Mirtazapine ointment for cats is now available from vets.

Here’s some much needed relief if you’re struggling to add an appetite stimulant to your sick cat’s meds. Mirtazapine ointment for cats is 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 it’s the first and only transdermal medication specifically developed and approved by the FDA for cats. Compounding pharmacies have to make other transdermal medications. 

The Differences Between Mirtazapine Pills & Mirtazapine Ointment For Cats

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.

Lack Of Appetite And Weight Loss Are Common Problems

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.

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  3. Talent Hounds - Reply

    Very interesting. I would have liked this for Nala. She had kidney disease and other ailments and stopped eating much before she died even with lots of tricks and her favorite chicken.

  4. Beth - Reply

    This sounds like a wonderful medication! My mom's cat had renal failure and lost her appetite. This probably would have helped her a lot and made her last weeks more enjoyable for both of them.

  5. Sweet Purrfections - Reply

    Hmmmmm. Very interesting. I don't usually need to give my cats anything to encourage eating, but Brulee was very sick this summer and she was given this medicine to encourage her to eat. I'll check into the topical if she ever needs it again.

  6. Dash Kitten - Reply

    I love the kind of ointments and medicines you can give without pushing them down your cat's throat. Here in NZ they are not as common but I am seeing more come in over time.

  7. Holly - Reply

    It is great to see the industry formulating for cats! I don’t like the stay away for two hours though, and neither would my cats. I think they’d rather take a pill.

    • Missy Zane - Reply

      I think I'd probably ignore that warning. You don't have to avoid contact with your cat after giving other transdermal meds. So why would this one be different?

  8. MattieDog - Reply

    Wow – I've not heard of Mirtazapine ointment! I'd have to look into it further but it does sound like a life safer for certain conditions – thanks for sharing!

  9. Michelle & The Paw Pack - Reply

    Very interesting! I don't personally have a cat, although I do have a friend who has a cat with health issues who has been on appetite stimulants for awhile. I'm not sure what meds her cat is on, I'll have to pass on this post.

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