There’s only one thing more challenging that climbing Mt. Everest, that’s giving a cat a pill.
Dr. Jessica Quimby, professor at Colorado State University College of Veterinary medicine gets that. Really, some cats aren’t treated for illness only because their people can’t get a pill into the cat.
So, she is researching an easier way to administer one specific medicine to cats with chronic kidney disease.
She’s in the midst of a study to determine whether or not Mirtazapine, a drug proven to boost appetite and lower nausea in cats, will be just as effective when administered as a cream on a cat’s ear.
Currently five cats with kidney disease are enrolled in the study, and Quimby needs a total of 20 to ensure accuracy of the results.
She is looking for cats and their owners that are willing to test a cream for six weeks and log the results. The difficulty is finding cats with kidney disease but no other health conditions is that generally cats with kidney disease may be older and therefore are more likely to suffer other health problems.
Mini is one of those five cats, and her owner Kristen Browning-Blas said the cream has been much easier than “trying to get a pill down her.” But will the cream works as well as a pill remains to be seen until the results of the study are complete.
Mirtazapine, which is used as an antidepressant in humans, has proven effective in combating those symptoms by reducing the nausea and vomiting in cats and stimulating their appetite, according to a previous study performed by Quimby. That study, which involved giving the cats pills, resulted in weight gain in 91 percent of the affected cats while taking the drug, and weight loss in 82 percent of the cats when taking a placebo.