Do you find it difficult to give your cat medication?
Here are a few tips you might find helpful:
Try hiding the medication in Pill Pockets for cats; or purchase your kitty’s favorite soft treat. Place several soft treats on a plate and mash with a fork. Add a just few drops of water, mix and refrigerate. This makes a dense cookie dough like paste. Take a pinch of the mixture and place the pill into the “dough” and roll into a ball. Try not to make the ball too big, but use enough to fully coat the pill. Usually the cat will eat the “treat” on the first try without exposing the medication, but it may take a few tries.
What if your cat isn’t interested in eating?
• Enlist the help of a friend to steady your cat. It can be much easier to wrangle a cat when you have an extra set of hands to help you.
• Similar to swaddling a baby, you can wrap your cat in a towel, sheet or blanket to avoid getting scratched.
• Pill Dispensers are very handy tools that any cat owner should have if you need to give pills to a difficult cat- and will reduce your risk of getting bit.
Liquid medications should come with a dropper or syringe for administration. Fill the dropper or syringe with the prescribed amount of medicine.
When giving liquid medication it is VERY IMPORTANT that you do not tilt your cat’s head back; this may cause him to inhale (aspirate) the medicine.
Hold your cat’s head level and still, and insert the tip of the dropper or syringe into a corner of the mouth, between the cheek and the teeth.
This technique will let the medicine go down the cat’s throat (esophagus) and help prevent it from getting into the wind pipe (trachea). When the cat’s head is level, squeeze the dropper or depress the syringe plunger to empty it.
Hold your cat’s mouth closed and stroke his throat to encourage swallowing.
It’s important to use only medicines prescribed by a veterinarian and to treat for the full length of time prescribed. Don’t stop treatment early, even if the problem seems to be resolved. You can ask your veterinarian to demonstrate how to give the medicine.