Getting your cat to take any form of medication can be a challenge. We recently published this article on getting your cat to take tablets. This time we are focusing on how to get your cat to take liquid medicine.
It is usually easier to give a cat a liquid medication than medication in tablet form. These tips and tricks will help you get your cats medication into it quickly and get it on the route to recovery.
How To Get Your Cat To Take Liquid Medicine
It’s much easier to get your cat to take liquid medicine if you have someone else to assist you. When your cat wants to run away, two pairs of hands are definitely better than one. Thankfully, most liquid medications only have to be taken at most, twice per day.
Getting Help From A Friend
If there are two of you then this is the easiest way to give liquid medication to your cat:-
- Make sure you have your syringe filled with the liquid medication ready.
- The assistant must hold the cat from behind with both hands and a firm grip. Their fingers need to be spread across the cat’s chest to keep control. Their thumbs across the cats back to help keep it in position.
- The person who will feed the cat the liquid medication must use their spare hand to hold the cats head. Gently tilt the cats head up slightly to help relax the lower jaw.
- Insert your syringe to the side of your cat’s mouth. Your goal is to get a small amount of medication into your cat’s cheek pouch. Rather than giving your cat the full dosage of medication in one go. Focus on giving it six to ten small doses over the course of a minute or so. If you put too much medication into your cat’s mouth at once, it will usually spit is back out.
How To Give A Cat Liquid Medicine By Yourself
Although the process is easier with someone to assist you, you can give your cat liquid medication solo.
- Pick your cat up and wrap it in a large bath towel. Your goal is to wrap it up like a baby so its legs and paws are restricted but its head is free.
- Once your cat is wrapped, place it on a table that is around waist height with its head facing away from you.
- Lean on your cat to gently apply pressure to restrict its movement.
- Use your weak hand to tilt your cats head up slightly.
- Then use your strong hand to put your syringe into the side of your cat’s mouth.
- Again, focus on giving your cat six to ten small doses over a minute rather than one large one.
How To Give A Difficult Cat Liquid Medicine
Wrapping your cat in a large towel is one of the best ways to give a difficult cat liquid medicine. It restricts its movement and helps to give you an advantage. Focusing on a large number of smaller doses rather than one large dose can also help.
If you put too much liquid medication into your cat’s mouth at once, it will just spit it out at you. If you put smaller doses into its mouth, it is more likely to swallow the medication.
How To Give A Cat Liquid Medicine In Food
Most forms of liquid medication can be fed to your cat along with food. In our experience, it is better to use a good solid wet cat food for this process. Again, rather than trying to give your cat its full dosage quickly, focus on small doses over a few minutes.
- Put the required dosage of the liquid medication into a small plate.
- Break off a small part of the wet cat food.
- Dip the wet cat food into the liquid medication in the plate.
- Hand feed it to your cat to make sure that it swallowing the food.
- Repeat this process until the required dosage of liquid medication has been consumed.
Cat Won’t Take Liquid Medicine
If your cat won’t take liquid medicine no matter what you try then seek advice from a veterinarian. The majority of medications can be swapped to a tablet form. Vets usually prescribe the liquid first as it is easier to get most cats to take it.
An experienced veterinarian may also be able to get your cat to take the liquid medication. They can then give you a demonstration on how they managed to do it so you can do it yourself at home.
Failing that, they can always keep your cat as an inpatient until it is better. During this time they can use professional tools such as an IV drip to get the liquid medication into your cat.