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Best ways to give medication to your cat

At some point in your cat’s life, you are very likely to need to medicate it. So it’s best to learn early on. As with any medication always follow the label correctly and complete the full course. Even if your pet’s problem seems to have resolved half-way through treatment you should complete the course set out by your veterinarian.

How to give your cat tablets or pills?

  • Step 1 – Place the pill between your thumb and index finger of one hand.
    • Hold the top of your cat’s head and grasp the cheekbones with the thumb and index finger of the other hand.
  • Step 2 – Tilt the head back until the cat’s eyes are facing upward and the nose is facing to the sky.
    • Often the cat’s jaw will drop a little 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.
  • Step 3 – Deposit the pill as far back on the tongue as possible.
    • 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.

How to give your liquids by mouth?

Read the label for correct dosage. If instructed, shake the contents of the bottle.

    • Fill a syringe or dropper with medication before starting.
    • Liquid medication is to be poured into the pouch between the teeth and cheek.
    • Hold your cat’s jaw closed and tilt the head back slightly.
    • Gently squirt the medication into the pouch with the dropper or syringe.

Some tips and tricks for providing medication to your cat

  • Always read the label carefully.
  • Check if the medication should be given with or without food
  • When medicating your cat place it on a non-slip table or surface in front of you. It can be helpful for someone to hold the paws down for you on the table so they don’t come up to scratch you.
  • Stay calm and don’t make too much fuss about the whole process or your cat will know that something unpleasant is about to happen!

Pilling devices:

  • You can use a pilling device to avoid placing your fingers into the cat’s mouth. It is a plastic tube resembling a syringe used to deposit the pill.

If you need any further advice you can always contact the Pymble vet for tips and tricks on providing medication to your cat.