The recent meloxicam shortage has led to some difficult cases where cats will require ongoing analgesia for days to weeks, but my only options are controlled medications. I don’t have access to any other NSAIDs licenced in cats and oral buprenorphine isn’t really a medium-term option, so my choice comes down to gabapentin or tramadol.
I’ve had a look through the evidence base for tramadol in cats and haven’t come away with any clear answers. What are your thoughts on the efficacy of tramadol in cats, and which drug would be more effective? Thank you in advance