Getting your cat used to having its mouth opened and handled will make it much easier for you to give it oral medications, should the need arise. Otherwise, the ordeal is likely to be a two-person job with one person holding the cat, while the other administers the medicine. Giving pills and liquids are covered because they are the most common forms of medication you will likely have to administer. But whether your cat’s condition calls for oral medication, injections, eye ointments, ear drops or force-feeding that you must do at home, ask your veterinarian to explain and demonstrate the best method of application. Make sure you understand how and when to administer any medication before you attempt to do it yourself and know what to expect in terms of recovery time and side effects.
- To control a fraught cat, use a large towel to wrap its entire body, but leave the head sticking out.
- Medicate your cat by grasping its head using your index and thumb finger in its cheekbones and slant back the head.
- Using the forefinger of your other hand, lightly open the jaw, then drop the pill as deep onto the throat as possible.
- Shut the mouth of the cat with one hand and use your other hand to stroke its throat gently. The cat will be encouraged to swallow the pill by this stroking motion.
- To give a liquid medication, tip back slightly the cat’s head, insert a syringe (without needle) into the corner of the mouth and lightly press in a little drops at a time, allowing the cat time to gulp down.
- Make sure not to squirt the medication into the cat’s mouth rapidly or too vigorously, because the cat may accidentally draw in the liquid into the lungs, which could lead to other respiratory infections.
- Shut the cat’s mouth and rub the throat until the cat engulfs the liquid preparation.
Some liquid medications can be mixed in the cat’s food if they are too bitter for your cat. Cats can easily detect medications added to their food usually eat around edges of the food or refuse the food altogether. Sometimes, lacing the drug with tuna oil or concealing it in strong smelling, fish flavored canned food works, when adding medication to food, make sure your other animals do not consume it.