Giving cats medicine can be a difficult task. Find out more about how to effectively give your cat a variety of medicines.
Cats and Medication
Just like you, your cat is going to get sick occasionally and you may come home from the vets with some medication to administer. Learning how to do it right will make the process easier for both you and your cat. Always follow the instructions given by your veterinary surgeon and be sure to administer the full amount of medication over the number of days instructed.
Below is a guide on how to give your cat medication, including tablets, pills, liquids and syrups.
Tablets & Capsules
Place the pill between the thumb and index finger one hand. Hold the top of the cat’s head and grasp the cheekbones with the thumb and index finger of the other hand.
Tilt the head back until the cat’s eyes are facing upward. Usually the cat’s jaw will drop open on its own. If not, apply a little pressure on the lower jaw with your middle finger. Bring the pill to the cat’s mouth.
Keep your middle finger over the small incisor teeth to keep jaw open. Deposit the pill as far back on the tongue as possible. Immediately close the mouth.
Gently stroke the throat or blow on the nose to encourage swallowing.
Tip: Try wrapping a towel around your cat and holding them to prevent them resisting using their legs and claws!
Liquids & Syrups
Always read the label for the proper dosage and if instructed, shake the contents of the bottle. Fill a syringe or dropper with the medication as required:
Hold the top of the cat’s head and grasp the cheekbones with the thumb and index finger of one hand while holding the syringe or dropper with the other hand.
Gently squirt the medication into the pouch between the teeth and cheek with the dropper or syringe.
Should you wish, you can use a pilling device to avoid placing your fingers into your cat’s mouth. It is a plastic tube resembling a syringe used to deposit the pill. Follow these steps if you are using a pilling device:
1) Place the pill at the end of the device.
2) Hold the device like a syringe between your index and middle finger, using your thumb to push the plunger.
3) Tilt your cat’s head back until his/her eyes are facing upward. Usually the cat’s jaw will drop open on its own. If not apply a little pressure to the lower jaw with your middle finger.
4) Place the device over the base of the tongue. Push the plunger to deposit the pill as far back on the tongue as possible.
* Always read the label instructions carefully
* Ask your veterinary surgeon if the medication can be given with food or must be given on an empty stomach
* Get a friend or family member to help if necessary
* Medicate your cat on a table or non-slip surface
* When administering medication stay calm, your pet can sense if you are nervous making it more difficult to apply the treatment
* Always praise and reward your pet with a treat
If you are having any issues administering medicine to your cat, contact your vet for advice and support.