Monday, March 30, 2015

Do's and Don'ts for Giving Cats Medicince

Before I share the wisdom I've learned this past week, I just want to point out a change around here. Take a look at the  address bar. Somehow I magically figured out how to set  up my domain name.

Moving on now, last week I mentioned I had a sick kitty. He's on 2 antibiotics a day,  for 7 days.

Through trial and error I learned how to give meds to a cat. Dogs are pretty easy. All you need to do is stick it in a hot dog and they eat it right up. My sister wraps it in some cheese. As long as there is food involved they will eat it.
Cats are finicky. As any cat owner will tell you. They do what they want, when they want it. First, let me share how NOT to give medicine to a cat.

Don't mix it with wet cat food and stick it in the floor. Especially if you have 2 dogs and 5 other cats. I'm not 100% sure the pill wasn't eaten by a dog.

 Don't try to hold kitty and stick it down his throat. He will scratch you and spit the pill out. 

Don't just give the pill to him with his regular food. They will eat everything except the pill.


You could wrap them in a towel, gently open the kittys mouth and drop the pill in be careful not to choke them, but get it far enough back in the throat. Eventually you may not even have to wrap them in a towel.

Also a good tip is make it a two person job, One person holds kitty and the other open the mouth and drops it in.

14 comments:

  1. abeerfortheshowerMarch 30, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Giving dogs medicine is so easy. Most times they just eat the pill thinking it's some kind of treat. Cats? I don't even want to imagine. Thankfully I've never had to give my cats pills. I imagine that would go horribly wrong. I had to give my mother's cat eyedrops before, and that was miserable. Even with two people. The cat absolutely freaked out when the two giant humans tried to pry her eyeball open and squirt liquid inside... gee, I wonder why...

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  2. My dog gets eye drops and just lays still and takes it. I couldn't even imagine trying to give the cats eye drops.

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  3. haha wow, who knew it was so hard? Hawkeye is so easy, you're right. Just give her food. I don't even have to put it in food, she knows the food will come if she just takes the pill like a good girl.

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  4. I've found that the trick to the force-it-down-the-mouth approach to giving cats a pill, is speed.

    If you give them time to think about it, they'll both go ballistic and take it as an affront to their dignity. If you palm the pill, pet them a little, and then quickly do the corners-of-the-mouth trick and pop it in there, then rub the throat so they'll swallow? It's possible to get them to take it before they know what's up.

    They're still affronted afterwards, of course, but by then it doesn't matter.

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  5. Seriously, they should just make cat medication in liquid form so you can sprinkle it on their food or in their water and they can't avoid it. Or you can just syringe it into their mouths. That would make things so much easier.

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  6. oh that would be awesome. I had having a fight twice a day

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  7. I do rub his throat and try to get it in as quick as possible, but its still not fun. I also don't think he is acting 100% yet. He has two more days of medicine and I am still worried about him.

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  8. Just proof that dogs are the superior pet.

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  9. Oh man, this would be hard. My cat hasn't needed medicine yet, but I can just see how difficult it would be.

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  10. Your black kitty looks like mine. My kitty does what he wants too. lol

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  11. You are so right. Dogs are super easy. I think that's part of the reason we didn't end up getting a cat. We already know how to handle the dog, but cats are completely different!

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  12. I love cats because they aren't super needy and just do their own things. But damn when you have to force them to do something it sucks.

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  13. There is something extra special about a black cat. I love all of mine, but I have a soft spot for the black ones. I just really hope he starts feeling better.

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  14. I hope it never does. Its not easy at all.

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