Always follow the prescription and advice from your vet before administering any medication. This reduces the risk of severe reactions or overdose. Though overdose is unlikely when you follow your vet’s gabapentin for cats dosage directions, there can be side effects. The most common include sleepiness and temporary loss of coordination. To alleviate these, your vet may recommend a low initial dose with a gradual increase over time.
Of course, if your pet is allergic to this medication, do not use it. Your vet may also not prescribe if your animal has kidney disease, as gabapentin for cats is excreted by the kidneys. This medication is short-acting—which means it should stop working within 24 hours, and side effect symptoms should cease. Let your vet know if your pet experiences symptoms outside of sleepiness and loss of coordination.