There are veterinary-specific NSAIDs for cats that are used to treat general pain and inflammation. NSAIDs stand for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. Common human NSAIDs include Aleve, Advil, ibuprofen, and others. In humans, these can treat inflammation, fever, osteoarthritis, and general body pain. Human NSAIDs are not safe for cats and can be dangerous if consumed. Like any type of medication, cats can overdose on NSAIDs. Your cat must be evaluated by your vet prior to receiving any medication. When your cat receives a prescription, there will be specific directions that need to be followed closely. Contact your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline® if you have any questions regarding your cat’s prescription. 

Symptoms of NSAID Poisoning 

Cats can experience NSAID poisoning if they ingest too much of the medication. Your cat may also have a negative reaction to their medication. Regardless of how your cat ingested the pills, it is important to get your cat to the vet immediately. Life-threatening signs can occur if the dosage is high. Clinical signs of NSAID poisoning include: 

  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Black-tarry stool 
  • Lethargy 
  • Abdominal pain 
  • Seizure 
  • Lack of appetite 
  • Increase urination or thirst 

To prevent NSAID poisoning, keep your cat’s medication in a secure location where they cannot get into it. Notify all family members about your cat’s medication routine. Ask your vet if your family members have any questions regarding your cat’s medication routine. Contact Pet Poison Helpline® at (855) 764-7661 for medical advice on a NSAID overdose. Pet Poison Helpline® can answer any other questions you may have. 

NSAID Poisoning Treatment 

Never attempt to induce vomiting as it can put your cat in further danger. Once you take your cat to the vet, the vet will evaluate your cat’s current condition. Your cat’s past medical history may influence the symptoms they exhibit. Your cat may receive medication to treat abdominal pain or seizures. IV fluids may be used to treat dehydration and protect the kidneys from damage. Your vet will have more information regarding your cat’s recovery. Your cat may have to be kept for observation if they are experiencing multiple symptoms.