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Default Unanswered: Fentanyl pain patches for cat's cancer

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I have searched the internet for help with my situation and could find nothing. I am hoping that other cat owners can give me some advice. Our 17-year-old cat Bubbles has a rare form of cancer. The vet has prescribed Fentanyl pain patches to control his pain. We shave/clip the hair off of a spot on his back so he can't reach the patch, and apply a new one every 3 days. They work great on his pain. It is a miracle. BUT the adhesive is so sticky that I have a heck of a time removing the old patch on the third day. It's awful! I've tried soaking it in olive oil, using an expensive "human" medical adhesive remover like they use in hospitals, and I currently use something called De-Solv-It. The patch is small, only about an inch long, but it still takes close to an hour to remove it using a QTip and slowing going back and forth under the patch once I can get a corner peeled back and started. Plus I have to take several breaks because Bubbles gets fussy and it pulls his skin/fur and hurts.

It is tedious, painful and traumatic for both of us. We tried a different brand of patch, Duregesic. They were better but Bubbles had a bad reaction to them. This Mylan brand is very effective, but I just can't get it off.

Does anyone have any experience with pain patches for cats? Any advice at all?

Thank you so much!
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Oh I am sorry about your kitty but it sounds like you are taking great care of him.

Are you on Facebook? I just did a quick search and there are a number of feline cancer groups available. I would recommend you join one, or more, of them, I bet you will get some great tips and support there.

I typed "Feline Cancer" in the search box. Best of luck to you and your precious Bubbles. x
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Thanks! That's a great idea!
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I am so sorry to hear that.
I like your spirit for her treatment. According to me Fentanyl is a noninvasive pain relief system and very helpful for pain patches for cats. But it also depends upon your cat age and behaviour.
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