What is rapamycin for cats?
Rapamycin is a drug meant to prolong the life of your pet, and it provides several health benefits we’ll get into soon. However, since rapamycin is kind of a new kid on the block, we first want to share what you should know about rapamycin:
- Rapamycin is a prescription drug, not a supplement. It can only be obtained with a prescription from your vet OR after a consultation with me!
- Rapamycin is currently an off-label drug, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t trusted in the veterinary community.
- Our rapamycin is 99.946% pure, and you can see those test results here. Beware of purchasing rapamycin from overseas, as you don’t know the concentration or the purity. Other groups have found both trace lead and trace benzene in rapamycin sourced from overseas, and this kind of negates the benefit of a longevity drug, yes?
If you want a really in-depth look at what rapamycin is, learn more here.
Common problems that rapamycin addresses in cats
Rapamycin can be used for the following health issues in cats:
- The big news is that the recent Trivium study showed that rapamycin can stop the progression of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in cats. Up until rapamycin, there has never been an effective way to treat this fatal heart disease in cats.
- Rapamycin has been proven to help slow the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in other mammals, including humans. There are clinical trials for rapamycin and CKD in cats going on at Ohio State, Florida, and Texas veterinary schools
- Rapamycin has been proven beneficial in cat mammary cancer and squamous cell carcinomas of the skin.
- Rapamycin has been shown to be a safe way of increasing lifespan in every mammalian species studied to date.
The new treatment for HCM in cats is rapamycin, and we are currently the only online source for prescription veterinary rapamycin. Rapamycin is the only drug ever shown to prevent the progression of fatal HCM in cats, which is very exciting. The Trivium study showed that rapamycin is both effective and safe in treating hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in cats.
Along with rapamycin, the four best ways to help your cat live longer are…
- Yearly anesthetic dentals with x-rays of every tooth to prevent periodontal disease, which has been shown to reduce lifespan by up to 15%
- Keeping them at a healthy weight to avoid diabetes
- Doing what you can to prevent kidney disease with the dentals above, check your cat’s blood pressure, and do an annual urinalysis on them
- Avoid vaccines unless your cat is at risk for the disease
Although there are no longevity biomarkers currently known in any species, including humans, our goals in treating your cat with rapamycin are to stop the progression of fatal hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, to maintain their comfort, and to minimize the risks of both cancer and CKD.
The cons of rapamycin are simply the need for weekly oral administration and its cost. Rapamycin has been shown to be a very safe drug in cats, dogs, and other mammals.