What Is Famotidine for Cats?

Pet owners should not crush or divide famotidine pills unless instructed by a vet.
Famotidine is sometimes prescribed for cats with stomach illnesses, such as inflammation.
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The use of famotidine for cats is common, and it is usually prescribed for inflammation of the stomach and symptoms of reflux. Sometimes it is also used to alleviate discomfort and reduce stomach acid in felines with certain forms of tumor. It is also used for the treatment of digestive disorders and ulcers which may cause great pain and potentially harmful complications.

Most of the time famotidine is used for cats is used to prevent some sort of digestive disturbance. This usually comes in the form of an ulcer or acid reflux disease. These conditions are often caused by other underlying medical issues. When used, famotidine for cats is typically only meant to alleviate uncomfortable symptoms. It is not meant to actually treat or cure the underlying problems that cause these symptoms.

Famotidine may be used in combination with other drugs or therapies. Cats who have stomach ulcers or unexplained acid reflux may be put on specialized diets and additional drugs to get rid of the problems. Sometimes stomach masses or cysts can lead to an overproduction of stomach acid. Famotidine for cats works by reducing the production of histamine in the stomach.


Veterinarians may prescribe famotidine for cats for a wide range of stomach conditions aside from reflux, although it is primarily used for those which lead to severe inflammation. It is also commonly used in dogs. Most times it is given orally in pill form. Since it is sometimes difficult to determine if a cat has taken the full dose, it should be closely monitored. It is important that pet owners do not crush or divide pills unless instructed by a vet.

The cost of famotidine can vary based on the dosage and brand name prescribed. Many pharmacists or vets will substitute a lower priced generic medication for a name brand one. Famotidine is the actual drug name and is not the name of a specific brand of medication. Occasionally, pet owners who have prescription acid reflux medication using the same drug may be able to use it with their pets.

No drugs should be given to any animal or human without first checking with a medical professional. If a cat is exhibiting signs of digestive distress or seems to be in pain, he or she should be checked, since sometimes reflux-related symptoms are caused by a serious medical condition. Many cases occur because the cat ate something harmful or because a specific food is incompatible with the animal’s digestive system.



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Post 5

You should not give the chewable tablets to your cat. My cat is currently on famotidine because he is not eating and the vet suspects he is sick to his stomach. She told me to not give the chewable form but instead the tablet.

Post 4

Famotidine is the same as popular brand name antacids. Same as Pepcid, as someone mentioned. My vet has always recommended I buy generic at the store. If you are having trouble giving it to you cat, just use a pill dispenser. I've used the drug on my cat for over a year now and the pill pusher is a life saver. You can find them in the pet store.

Post 3

@literally45-- Try the liquid version. If that doesn't work, there is also topical famotidine that you can apply on the cat's skin. It's like a gel and it will get absorbed into the bloodstream.

Why is your cat experiencing these symptoms? Is there an underlying condition?

My sister's cat is taking famotidine regularly as well. He has a kidney condition that's giving him vomiting and lack of appetite. His appetite has improved a lot on this medication. He finishes most of his meals now thanks to it. Before he used to avoid food like the plague.

I think it's also a mild medication because I've never heard about famotidine side effects from pet owners.

Post 2

My cat is on famotidine but I'm having the hardest time getting him to take tablets. He has nausea, vomiting and lack of appetite and the vet said that famotidine will help with all of this. But I think that because of the nausea, my cat won't take the tablets.

I tried putting it in his mouth and keeping it closed with my hands but it doesn't work. He spits it right out.

How am I supposed to get him to take it? Moreover, he's supposed to take it everyday.

Post 1

I have the human version of famotidine (pepcid) at home but it's chew-able tablets. My cat's vet said that I can give her the human kind but I forgot to ask if chew-able is okay.

Does anyone know about this?

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