Few things are as stressful when taking care of our pets as giving them the medication indicated by the veterinarian. We can get to convince them the first time and, some, for trust or neglect, fall into our trap but, the cat does not forget and when you try the second dose you will already imagine what can happen. For this reason, from Expert Animal, we will answer your question of how to give medicine to a cat And not die trying. It does not matter if it is a liquid, a pill or some strange paste that you do not know how to make it swallow, you will see that with this article you will have no more doubts about how to face our beautiful pussycat.
Details to consider before giving medicine to a cat
We are going to offer you some tips so that this procedure is not so traumatic, neither for us nor for them. The first thing to keep in mind is that we should not use rough methods Scare him. We must, at the beginning of the maneuver, have everything close so that it does not distrust and does not think that we only want to approach to force it into something. It is common to think that it will be a tense moment, since it is normal for the cat to see us approach something with our hands, that is not food or toys, run away and hide. Therefore, it is recommended that we perform the care naturally and that it is not always the same person who applies them.
It's very important speak soft and low and never lose patience, since otherwise we will lose the play and we will not be able to give the medicine to the cat. We can explain what we are going to do, in the appropriate tone of voice, go slowly, to your times. It is true that sometimes we do not have so much time and we want you to take your medication to leave or continue with what we are doing, however, cats detect this and will make us the most complicated task.
Another very useful advice to give medicine to a cat without being disturbed is to perform relaxation exercises before carrying out the task. To do this, we recommend consulting our article on "How to reassure a nervous cat". It is essential to create a relaxed and safe environment so that the animal does not run away and achieve our goal, which is none other than helping you recover.
How to give a cat a pill?
In general, there are few pills that cannot be placed in food. Can be crush or, if they are capsules, open and mix with a teaspoon of spreadable cheese, and if you don't like it, with a little wet food or tuna. Must be able to mix without the cat detecting the taste of medication. The latter is very important, because if you detect it, you will discard that food forever or, for a very long time of your life.
It is no use trying to hide the pill in a piece of cheese or other food that you like, even the dogs detect this small trap and eat the food and then spit the pill. The problem in these cases is that the cat will begin to suspect and distrust us, so he will not want to eat more and be somewhat more stressed.
If they are very meek cats and accustomed to our hands we can open your mouth gently prying between the fangs and placing the tablet at the base of the tongue. Then, gently close the mouth, while massaging the neck to favor swallowing and achieve, thus, give the medicine to the cat. If you have not had luck on the first attempt, do not lose your temper. Pet the animal to relax and try again. There are many tips to give pills to a cat, but without a doubt the best trick is to be very patient and understanding.
For the homeopathy globules that we should not touch them (because with the heat of the hand we release the homeopathic medicine found in them) we recommend mixing them with a small piece of food, but not on the food plate, but take advantage to give it something He likes to eat a lot as long as it is not forbidden for them. To find out what foods to give, check out our article on "Prohibited cat food."
Can I dissolve the cat's tablet in water?
No, it is not recommended to dissolve the sideburns in water, so if the above tips do not work and there is no way to get the medicine to the cat, it is best to go to the veterinarian to do it.
How to give syrup to a cat?
If it is a liquid that we must give on an empty stomach, we can use a syringe, without needle, that we will put it in the sides of the mouth to avoid drowning. If it does not need to be fasting, the task will be much simpler.
To know how to give syrup to a cat, we can mix the medicine with a little food, but not in its daily ration because it will be lost a lot and we will not be sure that it has really eaten it, it can be left on the edges of the feeder or, if they detect it, they will not want to eat that food and, in more extreme cases, never again of that feeder. Therefore, the mixture of liquid with some food (pate or steaks) is always the best option. In addition, if we offer between 5 and 10 minutes of play after this time, it will be ideal so that you do not keep the memory, something very important.
In homeopathic medicines it is important to notify the pharmacy that it will be for a cat, since they prepare it with less alcohol and it will be easier to hide it in food. Anyway, there are animals that just shake the bottle, they already sit and wait for their daily dose. This is a good task for the owners, it is not impossible, they just need time and patience.
And if you can not give your cat syrup in any way, you should go to the veterinarian to tell you how to do it or to assess the option to change the medication.
This article is purely informative, at ExpertAnimal.com we have no power to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any kind of diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian in case he presents any type of condition or discomfort.
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