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How to Give a Cat Medicine

Giving a cat medication is never fun, but sometimes administering it in a liquid form can be the lesser of several evils. Follow this blow-by-blow explanation of how to do it, and you won’t even need a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down!

How to Give a Cat Medicine

How to Give a Cat Medicine For Her Ears

Ear disease, infections, and traumas are quite common ailments, and frequently they require prescription medication. For the average person, administering these medications can be confusing and difficult. Some cats resist the medication, especially if their ears are causing them pain.

You need diligence and patience to give the medication. A technique for how to give a cat medicine is outlined below:

How to Give a Cat Medicine When it’s in Pill Form

Your veterinarian can supply you with a handy little item called a pill gun. It is a long plastic tube with a plunger used to deliver pills to our less cooperative friends. Some cats just aren’t fooled by that little piece of tuna or cheese with the pill in the middle. The pill gun keeps you from having to stick your hand/fingers into your cat’s mouth when medicating him. An oral dose syringe will help you give liquid medications accurately. A pill splitter will help you cut large tablets into equal portions if your pet requires a smaller dose.

Some pill medications can be hidden in a small amount of food, such as tuna, peanut butter, small amount of butter, canned cheese spread or cream cheese, but you must make sure that your cat swallows the medication. You must also be sure that the medication can be taken with food. Some cats will eat the food and spit out the pill.

If hiding the pill in food is not working, try the following:

How to Give a Cat Medicine Through an Inhaler

Most inhalation medications are by prescription only through you veterinarian. Discuss the proper dose and technique with your veterinarian prior to administering the medication at home.

The inhaler is delivered to cats through a “spacer” and “mask”. This is a plastic tube that takes the medication from the inhaler down a space and to your cat. The mask attached to the spacer and fits over your cats nose and mouth so she can breathe it in. One commonly used product is the Aerokat. This is the most commonly recommended product by veterinarians.

In order to best understand how to give a cat medicine through an inhaler, follow these steps:

Hold and shake MDI well for 15 seconds. Then remove the cap from the MDI mouthpiece and insert the mouthpiece into the spacer.

Keep inhaler upright with the end that dispenses the medication toward the floor, and place mask on other end of spacer. Then gently place the mask over the cat’s muzzle, making a gentle seal around the nose and mouth.

Dispense one puff into spacer by pressing down firmly on top of the metal canister. The cat should breathe the drug through the mask for 7 to 10 breaths.

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