Cat owners know cats are notorious for being independent, often standoffish creatures that can be difficult to care for. Giving your cat liquid medicine (especially oral medication) can be a particular challenge, as cats may not take kindly to the idea of being injected with an unfamiliar substance. But don’t worry! With a few simple steps and tips, you’ll be able to make giving your cat liquid medication much easier and less stressful for both of you.
The Preparation Process
Before giving your cat any type of medication, it is important that you take the time to prepare. Make sure that you have all of the necessary supplies on hand, including the liquid medication and an oral syringe or dropper. You’ll also want to make sure that your cat is comfortable and relaxed in order to reduce stress levels for both of you. If possible, enlist the help of another person who can hold and comfort your fur baby while you administer the liquid formula. This can help pet parents with a nervous or easy to anger feline. A sick cat is a cranky kitty. Having a second person to help administer cat medicine means you can remain safe and not have to try and juggle the sick pet, who can be moody while trying to give the prescribed amount of medicine. Doing that alone is not an easy task, especially if you have a reluctant cat!
Making Your Cat Comfortable
The most important thing when administering liquid medication is that your cat feels safe and secure throughout the process. To ensure this, ensure the environment where you are administering the medication is calm and quiet, with minimal distractions. The presence of other animals or children may cause stress and tension in your cat, making it more difficult for them to take their medication. Additionally, ensure your cat has plenty of space away from others so that they don’t feel crowded or forced into taking the medicine.
You should also consider placing a towel over your lap or shoulder before administering the medication, as cats often like being tucked in while receiving medications. This will help ground them and provide comfort during the process. If your pet likes to be held, you can hold them in the crook of your arm and pet the top of their head.
Administer With Syringe
When giving your cat liquid medicine, a syringe is typically the best option and the easiest way to administer it. This allows you to accurately measure the medicine they need without overdoing it or under-dosing them. It also gives you more control regarding how quickly or slowly you administer the medicine into their mouth. You can use a regular syringe without a needle if necessary; however, many pet stores offer special syringes specifically designed for liquid medications that come with an attached tube that helps direct the flow of liquid directly toward their mouth without any spills or messes. You want to be sure you get the medicine to the back of the throat to ensure your pet swallows it. Being mindful of your pet’s teeth, you want to try and pry their lower jaw open to fit the tip of the syringe so you can give them the medicine. If your pet needs to take a capsule or pill, pill pockets are a great way to do this without a fuss. They are made to encapsulate the medication and be given as a treat. If your cat refuses to be a pill popper with the pill pocket, you can mix the crushed medication with some canned food to hide the medicine taste. You can mix a small amount of medication with a small amount of wet food.
Choose Treats Wisely
Treats are often used as incentives when giving cats liquid medication as they act as positive rewards for good behavior, However, choosing small treats wisely is key here; try selecting treats that have strong odors that will cover up any unpleasant smells coming from the medication itself, such as tuna flakes or beef jerky treats. Additionally, try warming up cold treats slightly beforehand since cats prefer warm food items more than cold ones when taking medicines orally (although never give anything too hot). Lastly, avoid using treats that contain sugar, as they may reduce your cat’s appetite throughout the day and possibly even cancel out any benefits gained from taking their medication in the first place!
Using Positive Reinforcement
Positive reinforcement is key when it comes to giving a cat medication. Make sure to give your cat plenty of praise throughout the process and reward them with treats afterward if they cooperate well during their medicating session. You can also use food as part of the process – if your cat enjoys soft wet food, mix the prescribed liquid medicine into their food so that it becomes easier for them to ingest without having to worry about being poked or prodded directly with a syringe or dropper. By providing a positive association with administering any form of medication, you can make medicine time a great time.
Administering Liquid Medicine Safely
Finally, ensure you’re administering the liquid medicine safely and correctly by following your veterinarian’s instructions closely. If possible, enlist someone else to help you hold and restrain your cat while you administer the medication if needed – this will make it easier for everyone involved and ensure that no one gets hurt in the process. Additionally, remember that cats can sense fear or stress, so do not get too worked up during this time – remain calm and patient throughout the entire process, and your pet will appreciate it!
Masking The Taste
If all else fails, you may need to mask the taste of the medication by mixing it in with food or another treat with a strong flavor, like tuna or chicken broth. Make sure that you mix in enough of the treat to mask any unpleasant taste from the medication itself; otherwise, it might be spit out before it reaches their stomach! You can also try adding canned cat food or baby food into a syringe and administering it as above; this method works especially well for cats who are very finicky eaters and refuse anything else offered to them!
Utilizing Professional Help
If all else fails, you may need professional help from a veterinarian or a veterinary technician. A vet or vet nurse can show you how best to administer the medicine and provide advice on oral administration (and other) techniques that work best for your particular cat’s personality and needs. An animal behaviorist may also be able to help by teaching you how best to manage any behavioral issues that arise during medicating sessions with your pet. With medical attention sought out, you can find the best way to give medicine to your feline friend. They will usually provide a step-by-step guide that can help you the next time you give your cat its meds.
Remember to be Patient
Giving cats liquid medicine isn’t always easy, but with some patience and practice, it doesn’t have to be a daunting task either! Make sure your pet is comfortable in their surroundings, using positive reinforcement, and administering the medication safely according to instructions from your veterinarian – giving liquid medicines to cats doesn’t have to be such a harrowing experience after all! With these tips in mind, hopefully, giving medications to even the most difficult of cats won’t seem quite so daunting anymore!