Atopica is an oral solution prescribed to cats who suffer from allergic dermatitis—a skin reaction caused by contact with an allergen. This is very common in felines with allergies and can cause their skin to become uncomfortably itchy, red and scaly. Atopica targets the root of the problem to help relieve itching, so your companion no longer feels the need to incessantly scratch, rub or lick. Atopica can help provide your cat the relief she needs.
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My cat is taking this every other day to help control his flares from EGC. He has had very few flares since starting this med about 5 years ago. Unfortunately it appears that it tastes pretty nasty. I cannot just squirt it down my cats throat. we have to mix it in food. I do it first thing in the morning when he is really hungry! He will pick at the food for half an hour until it’s gone though, because of the taste. It also has a side effect of vomiting. So he has to take a low dose of a different med every other day for that. It is also very expensive.
Our cat scratched so much from her food and environmental allergies that she had bloody scabs everywhere, especially on her head. We took her to a vet dermatologist and he said to try to avoid steroids as they’ll cause diabetes and other problems. He put her on this and it was a battle to get it into her as it tastes and smells bad, apparently. Finally he suggested we add it to “kitty crack” - basically a cat food mousse. She loved that right away so we e added this to that since then and she laps it up no problem. She still scratches but not as much and she’s much better.
It’s bitter and my cat hates it. I have to play tricks to give it to her but, it works and that’s what matters because she has allergies. Sometimes she takes it and forgets about it and moves on to her food but some days she drools and gives me the stink eye. I wish they would come up with one that’s tasteless.
My cat's life depends on this medication for Myastenia Gravis and 2 days in it makes him so sick, he froths at the mouth, drools and retches. I can't give it to him it upsets him so badly. I don't understand how the manufacturer doesn't prioritize a different delivery method or better tasting medicine since it seems to work and there are so many complaints about the taste.
My 17 year old kitty was put on this after a round of steroids didn't increase her suddenly dropping platelets. We hoped she had an autoimmune disease due to a vaccine reaction. She took this for weeks and spit a lot of it out because apparently it tastes awful. After a short lived platelet increase, they plummeted back down. After a visit to a specialist, she was diagnosed with GI Lymphoma and removed from this medicine she hated. She has now started a chemo med and seems to be doing pretty well. I'm assuming this medicine would work better with a cat with autoimmune disease but my vet says pretty well all cats hate the taste. Wish I could get a refund.
Allergies can be very difficult to resolve for humans and our pets. Having made the easy changes (food, litter and household) medication was the next step. Atopica was our vet’s choice. While disliked by our pet and therefore difficult to administer, it seems to reduce the scratching associated with allergies.
I have a special-needs cat with a very difficult skin condition. His vet prescribed this as part of his regimen. It tastes awful. Really awful. castor oil. But my cat is much better, so who am I to complain?
So far my cat is tolerating it despite absolutely hating being given medicine. For such an expensive medicine i sure do waste A LOT just trying to get it out of the bottle. The stopper is SO SMALL that only tiny syringes fit and even then it goes EVERYWHERE. Now that ita in i cant get it back out, i absolutely hate it.
Lionel was bothered by allergies for 2 years. Food was ruled out then we tried steroids then Apiquil. It’s a miracle! No itching, fur growing back. He’s purring more and today he was playing with a catnip toy! He finally feels good! He is 14 years old. I put the med via syringe way in back of his mouth. I go in from the side and you have to be quick. Putting it past the taste buds helps. He doesn’t seem to mind it.
No doubt about it. It works. But the way it is administered leaves much to be desired. Doesn't always suck down into the syringe when drawn down and can't always tell when bottle is empty. But that's not the fault of Chewy. I would like to see a better way of administering the medicine.