5 Tips to medicate your cat easily.
Do you have a stubborn cat who just refuses to take medication? You are not alone. Medicating your cat can quickly become a source of frustration for both you and your pet. Here are five tips that will hopefully make the process a little easier.
#1 Pills are the most common form of medication and they can be very difficult to administer. Make sure you are relaxed so your cat does not pick up on your frustration or anxiety. Gently tilt your cat’s head back, placing your fingers underneath the cheekbones and quickly pop a pill in the cat’s mouth as it opens with your other hand. Try to place the pill as far as possible on the tongue. Close the cat’s mouth gently and massage the throat to help your cat swallow the pill. If this method fails, you can try to mix the pill with food during meal time.
#2 Liquid form is a great alternative if your cat does not handle pills very well. Follow the same procedure as above and gently insert the tip of the syringe inside your cat’s mouth. Slowly press the syringe to release the liquid medication as your cat swallows. Some cats will prefer liquids while others will be more easily treated with pills. See what works best for your cat and do not hesitate to discuss your options with a veterinarian.
#3 Be Patient. It is important to stay calm and keep trying even if your cat is not willing. Give your cat positive reinforcement after successfully administering the medication.
#4 Use the positive reinforcement method above to develop a routine in order to get your cat to eat the medication on his own. Force-feeding the medication will only make your cat more aggressive and anxious.
#5 If pills and liquid just aren’t working, you can talk to your veterinarian about other forms and flavors available. Compounding veterinary pharmacies such as Golden Gate Pharmacy specialize in developing custom forms (oral suspensions, transdermal gels, soft chews) and flavors (tuna, salmon, liver, vanilla, butternut and more) making the medicating process a lot easier.
Don't hesitate to reach out to our expert pharmacists with any questions about veterinary compounding. We would love to get in touch with you and discuss available solutions for your cat.