Can you give a cat Tylenol for a fever?


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Our question this week was:

Dr. Debra – my cat seems sick – maybe has a fever. Can you give a cat Tylenol for a fever? I have some children's Tylenol. Can you tell me the dose?

Boggies Mama


Hi – thanks for your email. NO! NO! NO! You can NOT give a cat Tylenol. In fact, do NOT give your cat any medication without discussing it with your veterinarian. One regular strength acetaminophen tablet is toxic and potentially lethal to a cat.

Please read Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Toxicity in Cats.

If your cat has a fever and is not feeling well – take him or her to your veterinarian. This article might be helpful – Fever in Cats.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.