How To Give A Cat Liquid Medicine Orally
Giving liquid medicine to any cat, let alone an unwilling one, can be a daunting experience for any pet owner. Most cats would rather avoid taking medication altogether and attempting to force the medicine down their throats can lead to some pretty messy situations. Luckily, there are some tips and tricks you can use to encourage your cat to take their medicine without any fuss. In this article, we will outline the best way to give your cat liquid medication orally.
What You Will Need
Before you start administering the medication, it’s important to make sure you have all the items you will need. These include:
• The medication prescribed by the vet in liquid form. Make sure to shake the bottle as instructed on the label before use.
• A small syringe, dropper or pill shooter (you can purchase them at your local veterinary clinic or online)
• Soft treats or canned food to encourage your pet
• A towel, gloves, and a helper (optional)
Steps to Give Liquid Medication to Your Cat Orally
Here are the steps to follow when giving your cat liquid medication orally:
Step 1: Get your cat comfortable
Choose a quiet room in your home where you can comfortably administer the medication with minimal distraction. Take a seat and gently place your cat on your lap or the table. Make sure your pet is relaxed and comfortable before proceeding to the next steps.
Step 2: Encourage your cat to open their mouth
Gently pet your cat’s head to help them relax and then tilt their head slightly upward. With one hand, use your thumb to press down on their lower jaw to encourage them to open their mouth.
Step 3: Use the medication device correctly
Using a device of your choice, such as a syringe or pill shooter, carefully draw the medication from the bottle. Be sure to follow the dosing instructions provided by your veterinarian. With the use of a syringe or dropper, slowly insert the medication into the side of their mouth, between the cheek and gums, avoiding the back of the throat. This approach will minimize the risk of choking and makes it easier to swallow the medicine.
Step 4: Keep your cat calm and still
To ensure your cat swallows the medication, gently hold their mouth closed with your fingers and tilt their head upwards. Wait for the cat to swallow before letting them go. Be patient and speak in a soothing voice to keep your cat calm during the process.
Step 5: Follow up with a treat
Finish the medication session with a treat to encourage your cat and make it a positive experience. Soft treats or canned food will work best. Pet and praise them to reinforce the positive experience.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What should I do if my cat refuses to take the medication?
A: Sometimes, you may have difficulty giving oral medication to your cat. If you face difficulties, try the following tricks:
• Mix the medication with the cat’s wet food or treats
• Use a pill pocket
• Apply the medication directly to your cat’s paw, where they will lick it off
Q: How much liquid medication should I give my cat?
A: The amount of liquid medication is usually indicated on the prescription label or by your veterinarian. Carefully measure the correct dose using the syringe or dropper provided with the medication.
Q: Can I give my cat liquid medication with food or drink?
A: In many cases, liquid medication can be mixed with your cat’s food or drink. However, speak to your veterinarian first before administering medication with food or drink to ensure that it won’t interfere with the effectiveness of the medication.
Q: Can I mix two different medications together?
A: You should always speak with your veterinarian beforehand to ensure that medications cannot interact negatively when mixed together. It is always best to administer each medication separately as directed by your veterinarian.
Q: Are there any side effects to giving my cat liquid medication?
A: Like all medication, there is the potential for side effects. Be sure to follow the dosing and administration instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you notice any signs of discomfort or abnormal behavior from your cat, notify your veterinarian immediately.
Administering liquid medication to your cat can be a challenge, but by following the tips outlined above, you‘ll be able to do it safely and confidently. Remember to always follow the dosing and administration instructions provided by your veterinarian, and speak with them if you have any questions or concerns. With some patience, positive reinforcement, and a little bit of gentle encouragement, giving liquid medication to your cat can be done without the fuss.