Giving Medication to Cats
  Giving medication can be a challenge. Giving the medication properly, ensuring that your pet gets what is prescribed, is very important for your cat's health. We hope this guide will assist you in giving medications to your cat.

 

giving medication to cat

Pills

Step 1 - Place the pill between the thumb and index finger of one hand. Hold the top of the pet’s head and grasp the cheekbones with the thumb and index finger of the other hand.

Step 2 - Tilt the head back until the pet’s eyes are facing upward. Usually your pet’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 mouth.

Step 3 - 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.

Step 4 - Gently stroke the throat or blow on the nose to encourage swallowing. Work fast to avoid being bitten.

Pilling Devices: Should you wish, you can use a pilling device to avoid placing your fingers into your pet's mouth. It is a plastic tube resembling a syringe used to deposit the pill. Place the pill at the end of the device. Hold the device like a syringe between your index and middle fingers, using your thumb to push the plunger. Tilt your pet’s head back until his 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. Place the device over the base of the tongue. Push the plunger to deposit the pill as far back on the tongue as possible. We stock pet pillers at the clinic.

Liquids & Syrups

Before starting read the label for the proper dosage and, if instructed, shake the contents of the bottle. Fill a syringe or dropper with the medication.

 

Step 1 - Hold the top of the head and grasp the cheekbones with the thumb and index finger of the one hand while holding the syringe or dropper with the other hand.

 

Step 2 - Gently squirt the medication into the pouch between the teeth and cheek with the dropper or syringe.

 

Helpful hints:

  • Always read the label instructions carefully.
  • Ask your veterinarian if the medication can be given with food or must be given on an empty stomach. If it can be given with food, just put the pill into a small piece of food such as cheese.
  • Get a friend or family member to help.
  • Medicate your cat on the floor or on a table with a 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.

Lakeside Veterinary clinic assumes no liability for injury to you or your pet incurred by following these descriptions or procedures.