How to Medicate Your Cat

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Filed in Cats, Health

Pills are hard enough for people to swallow, and giving pills to your pet is even harder. There are certainly cats who will accept a pill in their food or in a meaty snack, however for some cat owners, more intensive measures are necessary.  

The following techniques are generally accepted and used by veterinarians for the administration of medications to pets. However, it is recommended that you consult with your veterinarian before applying these steps.

Medicating Your Cat
  • Step 1: You may have to give your cat medication in either the liquid or tablet form. If your cat doesn't like this idea, remember it's for your pet's own good. Start by wrapping your cat's body and legs firmly in a towel, leaving only its head sticking out from the towel.
  • Step 2: If you cradle your cat in one arm and place your thumb and forefinger on either side of its face, you can gently pry the mouth open by applying gentle pressure at the space between the teeth.
  • Step 3: Place the pill in your cat's mouth, as far back in the thoat as possible.
  • Step 4: Allow your cat to close his mouth and gently massage or rub your cat's throat until he swallows.
  • Step 5: For liquid medications, follow the first two steps, then tilt your cat's chin upward, insert the dropper between the cheek and teeth and slowly dispense the medication.
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