How To Get Your
Cat To Take The Pills
And Medications It Needs
How To Pill A Cat
Ron Hines DVM PhD
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can be next to impossible to get your cat to take oral medications.
All cat owners eventually learn that cats are particularly sensitive
to bitter tastes. Unfortunately, most of the medications that veterinarians
prescribe are very bitter. One might think cats would be easy to
medicate because they have less than a third the number of taste
buds as dogs and less than a tenth the number on your tongue but
that is not the case.
Another problems is the rough, prickly feline tongue holds these
flavors in their mouth longer, causing them to foam and wretch in
an attempt to rid themselves of the horible taste. Their relatively
short face and ability to pulse their tongues to move tablets away
from the back of the throat and sharp claws makes administration
even more difficult.
Are Your Options?
Because of cost and availability options, most medications used
by veterinarians were not specifically designed for pets. This means
that a full tablet is often to large a quantity of medication for
a cat or small dog. Pharmaceutical manufacturers deal with bad tasting
medications by coating their tablets with lactose. The lactose coating
is hard and shiny and makes the tablet easy to swallow. But when
you break the tablet into cat-size portions, the bitter taste is
again exposed. As a cost-saving measure, generic tablets are often
sold uncoated. This is OK for people but a major obsticle for cat
owners trying to medicate their pets.
is the technique that works best for me:
Clip your cat’s sharp claws with a human toenail clipper.
If you are not experienced at that, have it done by a groomer or
at the veterinarian’s office.
Get everything ready. Seal off places you cat may escape to. Turn
on the lights. Open the pill container. Get some bath towels. Find
a pencil with a good portion of the eraser left on it. Pour a small
cup of water and place everything on a low table along with some
facial tissues. Put some antibacterial soap next to the sink to
clean your hands afterwards.
Fill the 3 ml syringe with flavored broth and in half ml incriments,
place the liquid in your cat’s mouth being sure it is swallowed.
Do not tilt the cat’s head back when giving the liquid. This
is to prevent the medication from lodging in the pet’s throat.
5) Stroke and praise your cat, offer it a treat.
empty geletin capsules Place the proper portion of the tablet
in it with tweezers so as not to contaminate the outside of the
a pill gun Have someone show you how to use it correctly. You
have to place it far back in your cat’s mouth and hold his
mouth closed after the pill is inserted.
Hide The Medicine In Food
You need to crush the tablet into a fine powder.
You need to use a very pungent food to mask the bad taste. Anchovies,
sardines, liverwurst, gourmet canned cat food, tuna paste and underwoods
deviled ham are good choices unless you know another flavor your
cat really loves. Give it a small dab of the unmedicated food first.
Begin with a very very small amount of the bad tasting medicine
even if it is much lower than the dose that was suggested and gradually
increase the amount as your cat becomes accustomed to the taste.
This will mean giving the smaller dose more frequently during the
The Tablet Into A Liquid And Give Orally With A Syringe
Trick Your Cat
Some cats can not stand being dirty and will lick off any liquid or paste on their paws. As a last resort, try that with the liquid you prepared. Keep your cat restricted to a small area until it licks its paws clean or it will mess up the house.
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