Sometimes you have to administering medicine to your cat, like insect repellent or antibiotics. Many cats will spit out the medicine or refuse to take it. This article will teach you some administering medicine techniques to help you cope with cats and ease your cat’s stress.
Learn about the type of Medicine:
1. Read the dosage instructions on the prescription medicine carefully. Follow the medication instructions on the kit. Pay attention to the dosage of each administration, the frequency of feeding and how long this medicine has to be eaten. If you have any questions about the dosage or procedure of administration, you need to consult the veterinarian.
2. Slow-release medicine must remain intact. Some medicines will slowly release the active ingredient within a few hours, if you take it mashed, it will not play such a role. Be sure to follow veterinarian’s instructions.
3. Check if the medicine should be taken with food. Some medicines need to be taken on an empty stomach, and mixing them with food will affect their effectiveness. In this case, you have to administer it alone.
Control Your Cat:
1. Prepare a large towel or bed sheet. There are many ways to control a cat, depending on whether you are acting alone or with a helper. The most effective way is to wrap the cat with a large towel or bed sheet.
2. Find a friend to help you. Let a friend help you stabilize the cat. Someone can help control the cat more easily.
3. Spread the towel on the table or countertop. Spread the towels or sheets and spread them on the table or countertop. It is most convenient to administering medicine on a table of suitable height. Laying a towel will not only allow the cat to lie down comfortably, but also prevent it from wandering on the table.
4. Place the cat on the table. Hold the cat gently and put it on the table. Let your helper grasp the cat’s shoulder and point the cat’s head toward you.
5. Wrap the cat with a towel. If the cat will scratch, it is best to wrap it with a towel. Spread a large towel or bed sheet and place the cat on it. Wrap the cat and let it stay in the towel, with the paws wrapped in the towel and close to the body. Let the cat’s head stick out.  Just like wrapping burritos, the cat’s claws are safely placed next to the body and cannot be scratched. The cat’s limbs were tightly attached to its body, and its paws were securely tied, preventing it from scratching.
6. Place the cat wrapped in a towel on the table. If you have a helper, you can put a cat wrapped in a towel on the table. When you are ready to open the cat’s mouth to administering medicine, let the helper hold the cat steady.
7. Control the cat under your knees. If you act alone, you can wrap the cat in a towel. Kneel on the ground and place the cat between your thighs with the cat’s head toward your knee. Make sure that both of your hands are empty so you can give the cat medicine.
Open cat’s mouth:
1. Lift the cat’s head upward. Now that you have control of the cat, let’s open it. If you are right-handed, use your left hand to support the cat’s head and administering medicine with your right hand empty.
2. Place your index finger and thumb on the cat’s forehead. The index finger and thumb of the left hand form an inverted U shape, which rests on the forehead of the cat. The finger rests on the side of the cat’s face along the cheekbones.
3. Put the pill into the cat’s mouth. Put the medicine on the base of the tongue. As long as it is deep enough, when the cat wants to spit it out, the tongue muscles contract and push the tablet down the throat. If the tablet falls on the tip of the tongue, keep the cat’s mouth open, and push the tablet down to the base of the tongue with the middle finger of your dominant hand.
4. Release your hand. After putting the pill in your cat’s mouth, make sure the cat has swallowed it. Put the pill in the proper place and release the finger against the cat’s mouth. Let the cat close its mouth and lower its jaw to swallow the pills. If you are not sure whether the pills are deep enough, hold the cat’s mouth with your hand and don’t let it open until it swallow the medicine.
5. Gently blow into the cat’s nostrils. Some cats are very stubborn and will not want to swallow medicine. If so, you can gently blow into its nostrils to stimulate the swallowing reflex. It makes a loud noise when swallowing. Let go of its mouth and check if it spit out the medicine.
6. Give the cat some water after administering medicine. After the cat successfully swallowed the pill, give him some water and take some food by the way. This will ensure that the tablets go down the esophagus and into the stomach.
7. If necessary, you can use the medicine feeder. If you don’t want to put your finger in the cat’s mouth, consider using a medicine feeder. The medicine feeder has a plastic gripper to hold the tablets. Put the tablets in the medicine feeder. Open the cat’s mouth. Gently extend the tip of the feeder deep into the cat’s mouth. Depress the piston to push out the tablet held by the gripper. The pills will fall down into the cat’s throat.
Administering Medicine of Liquid:
1. Open the cat’s mouth. If the medicine is to be fed, the mouth does not need to be fully opened, as long as the syringe can be extended. Don’t tilt your cat’s head back, as the potion will easily entering the trachea through this way.
2. Extend the nozzle of the syringe into the space between the cheek and teeth, that is, the inside of the cheek. The nozzle passes over the teeth and rests against the inside of the cheeks on one side.
3. Slowly depress the piston to release the potion. Let the potion flow into the cat’s mouth. Stop from time to time so that the cat can swallow the potion comfortably and regularly. If you use a spherical syringe, squeeze the rubber ball slowly and gently to release the potion into the cat’s mouth. Slowly release, stopping from time to time to let it swallow.
4. Do not perfuse the potion. The most important thing is not to fill the cat’s mouth full, but wait for it to swallow a sip of water before continuing to feed. If you inject too much potion into the cat’s mouth at once, it may gasp for breath and mistakenly inhale the potion into the lungs. This can have serious consequences, including pneumonia.
5. Remove the empty syringe. After feeding all the potion into the cat’s mouth, remove the syringe and let the cat close the mouth. If the cat is struggling, you may need to feed the potion twice.
Hide pills in the food:
1. Don’t give the cat food for a few hours before feeding. Some medicines are specially formulated for cats. They are very small and easy to hide in food. Don’t give the cat food for a few hours before feeding, so that it will feel hungry when it’s time to take the medicine.
2. Hide the tablets in wet food. Give the cat a quarter of the usual amount and hide the medicine in the food. After it finishes eating, give it the rest of the food. May wish to prepare its favorite snacks, so that it will be more willing to eat food. Hide the medicine in a snack and place it on a plate with the food.
3. Use medicated snacks. These delicious snacks have an opening that allows you to stuff the medicine in, just like filling jam into a donut. These delicious snacks will mask the taste of the pill, and the cat will happily swallow it. There are many flavors of drug-feeding snacks, which can be bought at a veterinary clinic or a local pet store.
Any further information about cat health problem, please contact us or click here: https://petzoo.net/forums/forum/cat/