Let's face it now. When we were kids we used to hate those bitter, dark coloured liquid medicines and those huge pills that just refused to go down our throats! So how can we blame our cats when they run helter-skelter at the slightest whiff of medicines? Your feline pals will do everything possible to avoid those terrible smelling things. So as a concerned owner, you might be in a fix about how to get your cat to take medicines. Below are some tips you may try but the chances of them succeeding really depend on your cat’s mood and how you manage to outsmart it, though the chances are greater that it shall stay one step ahead of you!
WHAT MAKES MEDICINES REPULSIVE TO CATS?
The taste is undoubtedly horrible, but cats find the odour of the medicines extremely repulsive. That is why it is more difficult to feed your cat liquid medicines. As soon as you open the container, you hear a 'poof' sound and your cat is nowhere to be found! In comparison, you will find it far easier to feed your cat pills or capsules as these don’t give off any odour which a cat might find obnoxious. So, if your cat is very stubborn, you could ask the vet to prescribe pills instead of liquid medicines.
HOW TO FEED CATS PILLS?
Pills are a piece of cake (I hear 'meows' of objection from the feline community!). Okay, for us humans anyway! All you have to do is grind it into a smooth powder and mix it up in cat food. Chances are that if you have mixed the powdered medicine properly and have spread it evenly throughout the food, you little detective won’t even suspect that he has been outsmarted! You may also mix it up in milk and give it to that dairy lover in your house (no, not Grandpa).
HOW TO FEED CATS LIQUID MEDICINES?
This is the big question that most cat owners grapple with. If you mix liquid medicine with food then cats do not even touch the food and they might even prefer to go hungry! In such a situation, you have to take some firm steps for the sake of your cat’s health. What I suggest is that you get yourself the following items to successfully carry out ‘Operation Liquid’:
1. A pair of Kevlar gloves (if your cat’s nails aren’t trimmed)
2. A dropper
3. A blanket or towel
Now, keep the medicine ready by keeping the lid or the cover open and go and fetch your cat. You may wear the gloves or if your cats claws are trimmed then you might not need to do so. Sit down on the floor or the bed after folding your legs and place your cat in your lap. Next, take some medicine in the dropper and this is where the tough part begins:
1. The cat will try to leave your grasp the moment you bring the medicine near it. Keep your grip gentle but firm and don’t let go of it.
2. Gently push the chin of the cat upwards so that the liquid may flow down its throat. The cat will try to resist but do not relent.
3. Next, push the dropper into the cat’s mouth from the sides and push the contents of the dropper inside.
4. You may have to repeat this two or three times as most of the medicine is likely to fall out.
5. If the cat is not stable in your grasp or if you are unable to hold it, then you may try to roll it in the blanket or towel. This may sound harsh but you have to look at the bigger picture here that your cat needs that medicine.
NOTE: It is very important that the chin is pointing upwards at least at an angle of 45 degrees else the medicine will not flow down its throat.
POST MEDICATION SCENARIO
After the process, you have to understand that the cat might feel a little upset. This is when you can pamper it with its favourite food and give it a lot of love. It may also make the cat positively associate the extra care and attention with the medication process, causing it to pose less opposition the next time around.