Friday, July 20, 2018

Edible Birth Control for Cats

It works, is low risk, *LOW COST
and can save millions of cats' lives


This blog is my opinion based on years of personal experience and dozens of hours of research. I am not a veterinarian. Megestrol Acetate is available by prescription only in the United States. Do thorough research and give careful consideration before making your own decision about obtaining or using Megestrol Acetate.


It works -
I have used it with success for over 7 years. A colleague writes about his positive experience on Birthcontrolforcats.com. Fairchild Feral Friends has used it for over a decade to stabilize colonies while T/N/R is being done. A Topix forum (Google "ACC&D Statement Feralstat ", then click "last" for most recent posts.) has caretakers from all over the country discussing their success. And it has been available without a prescription in pharmacies in Europe for more than 20 years.  

It's low risk -
The following French study took place after a consumer voiced concerns about side effects. Even though the manufacturer's recommended dosage is much higher than the dose U.S. caretakers use, risk of side effects was determined to be .074 per 100K pills sold. An English translation is available in the archive.

COMMISSION NATIONALE DE PHARMACOVIGILANCE VETERINAIRE RAPPORT D’EXPERTISE DE PHARMACOVIGILANCE relatif à l’AVIS CNPV – 02 du 9/12/2003

My own research (see archive) showed very little research in the U.S., and all at much higher doses. A European study was more extensive and showed very low risk of adverse reaction. 
It's low cost
March of 2018 I paid $15 for 30 ten mg pills through Venivet.com which means you could dose 5 or fewer cats for 50 cents a month.  Nonovulin had been available through multiple vendors on EBAY until fall of 2017. Venivet is the vendor I had been buying from through EBAY for five years.You email them with the product you want and pay through a wire transfer service. There are other sources. I have no financial or personal interest in any of these companies.


Dosage PER COLONY  using Nonovulin 10 mg tablets

                                                Total # of Cats           Dosage (dry) per colony 
  
                                                       < 5 cats                       2.5 mg ONCE a week
                                                          5-7 cats                    5 mg ONCE a week
                                                          8-11 cats                  7.5 mg ONCE a week
                                                          12-15 cats                5 mg TWICE A WEEK
                                                          16-19 cats                7.5 mg TWICE A WEEK
                                                          20-23 cats                8 mg TWICE A WEEK
                                                          24-27 cats                10 mg TWICE A WEEK 
                                                          28-31 cats                11 mg TWICE A WEEK
                                                          32-35 cats                12.5 mg TWICE A WEEKc                2.8 ml  TWICE A WEEK                        14 mg TWICE A WEEK


This information was previously published on my site floridacatnews.com.