Aspirin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is commonly used in humans. It is also prescribed in certain health conditions in veterinary medicine. However, it can be toxic to certain animals, such as in cats, which are prone to aspirin toxicity because they don’t have the enzyme which is important for metabolizing the components of aspirin properly. If ever your veterinarian prescribed aspirin for your cat, make sure to follow the dosage instructions to the letter. You should keep a close eye on your cat for any signs of digestive problems or changes in behavior.
The progression of aspirin toxicity symptoms in cats can occur rather quickly. Early signs include loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. There may also be formation of ulcers in the stomach and small intestine, leading to hemorrhage. The central nervous system (CNS) may also be affected and the cat may have trouble walking or may even lose consciousness. Without prompt veterinary attention, cats can die.