Give the cat a pill It can be a real odyssey. In fact, jokes circulate among veterinarians who treat such a frequent and serious problem in a humorous way.
It really is a problem of enormous importance, since Not being able to medicate the animal can seriously affect your health by preventing the pathology for which we need to give him medicine to be resolved.
What can be done for the cat to take medication?
Some tips can be useful, but miraculous solutions, unfortunately, do not exist.
1. Get used to it as soon as you can
As they say, and that is applicable to so many facets of life: prevention is better than cure. Its alot easier to habituate the cat to give it a pill before of "misbehaving" that when the situation is unmanageable.
The best option is Start when you are still a kitten. We will start by accustoming you to grab your head in an appropriate way and then be able to introduce the pill into your mouth.
This way, although it is much easier to execute watching an explanatory video, is to “hug” with the palm of our hand the top of the cat's head, as if we were catching a ball, freeing our ring finger and thumb. With them we will open the cat's mouth pressing lightly and gently against the corners of the lips or cheeks. Once the mouth begins to open due to the pressure we apply, with the index finger we will help ourselves to open the mouth completely, raising its incisive teeth. When the kitten is open-mouthed, simply we will give a prize, Better in the form of canned food.
After repeating the process several times, in each exercise we must gradually introduce the prize deeper and deeper into his mouth, so that I swallow it directly.
Once the cat has eaten the prize we can also offer a short game session or of any activity that you like to do with us, so that the association is even more positive.
2. Try to use as little support as possible
Although we have to hold the cat's head to be able to give him the medication, the most advisable is avoid holding more parts of the animal's body, since the more “restricted” your movements see, the more nervousness we will provoke.
In the case of having to hold him further, a good idea may be to use a towel that we will "wrap" around your body, from the neck to the tail, making a kind of roll that also keeps its legs.
3. Decontextualize the situation
Many cats learn that the medication is always given at the same time and in the same place. So, many animals learn to associate the kitchen table, for example, with that situation so unpleasant for them.
To avoid this we can do several things: remove the pill from its packaging in a while before giving it (to avoid association with the sound of the container), give it in different parts of the house where we don't usually give it to him, or vary (slightly) the moment we give it to him.
What to do if you don't get it?
In case it is impossible to give medication to the cat orally, There is an alternative to take the veterinarian to administer it in other ways. In the veterinary clinic they can use different containment systems to be able to medicate the animal by injection, for example.
A few years ago, attempts were made to experimentally administer some medications to cats transdermally, that is, by applying drugs in the form of cream or gel on the skin so that they were absorbed through it. Unfortunately, the experience was not very positive and even today Many medicines need to be taken by mouth.
Tips for giving medication to a cat
Among the different care you should give your cat is the responsibility of giving medication when necessary.
Many cats get very nervous and some aggressive, when that time comes and you have to Know how to deal with this situation firmly and patiently.
Let's start with previous steps to give the medication, and in another post I will tell you my personal odyssey, which will surely help people living with complicated cats when administering medication.
The best way to give your cat a pill (or any medication) is looking for a time when your cat is calm.
Do not wake him up, but look for a moment every day when you know he is awake, relaxed and in good spirits to undertake this task.
A good way to give your medication is to call it to go to a place you like, such as the kitchen, or the bathroom.
Each cat is a world and yours may like the dining room, choose a pleasant space for him. Once you see his hairy little body walking down the aisle, it is recommended that you offer him some edible reward, the one he likes best, be it snacks, wet food or even a piece of ham or chicken without salt and low fat that is tempting.
Is about predispose your cat to well-being and not associate that moment with anything traumatic.
How to catch your cat for medication
Many cats at this point, are allowed to catch and place on a raised surface. At that moment, you can give the medication without problem, as long as you are fast, skillful and prudent.
If it is a pill, you must be agile to open your mouth and put it in your throat, then you should give it some water with a dropper or a syringe.
YOU MUST NEVER MANAGE DRY MEDICATION, BECAUSE YOU COULD STAY IN THE ESOPHAGUS. But do not go with the water, because it could choke, with a few drops on his tongue is enough for everything to strain.
But if your cat starts to make it difficult for you and doesn't stay still, A good solution is to wrap it with a towel.
Take a blanket or towel that covers your entire body, spread the cloth on a table, place your cat on top and wrap it like a baby, leaving the head out.
In this way you will avoid their movements and the risk of scratches, in order to give you any medication safely and quickly. Although you must also be firm because otherwise it will disassemble all the fabric immediately.
In general, to give a cat (or capsule) to a feline you will have to hold it firmly, but without force.
When cats get scared they usually pull back, so hurry up if you don't want them to escape. Another way to catch it is by placing yourself on your knees on the floor, with your pet between your knees and facing you.
You can also ask for help from another person to take it from the front legs so that it does not move or try to defend itself while you give it the pill.
Once you've got your cat, you'll have to grab your jaw securely and modify its angle.
If you are right-handed, use your left and place it above your head. You will have to hold the upper part of the head with your hand and thanks to the protruding cheekbones of most cats it will not be a problem to catch him well. Then throw your head back and make your nose look high.
When your head is back, hold the tablet with your right hand, and keep your lower jaw open. At that time, you will have to introduce the medication deep into your mouth to swallow it without problems.
If this point costs you, you could buy some injections that they sell to administer pills and they will prevent you from having to go deep inside your cat's mouth if it gets violent.
If your cat after giving him the pill begins to lick his tongue it is that you have done well. But notice, because many cats spit out the medication.
Note that Medicine will have to be administered periodically so you have to learn to do it well and make sure it is always taken.
Once you have introduced the pill into your cat's oral cavity, close your mouth, and gently rub your throat to make sure the pill is swallowed.
Is It is advisable to immediately give some fresh water to help the medication pass completely, do it with a syringe or dropper. This will not leave traces of the medicine stuck in your throat or esophagus, which can cause inflammation.
There are people who smear the pill with a little butter or oil so that the pill slips smoothly on the stomach.
After all this process, give him one of his favorite prizes so that the trance ends with a joy.
Tips for cats that don't accept medication well
In this category comes my cat Dohko, a hairy bonbon that is not allowed to give any kind of pill, pill or strange thing.
With him I had to improvise a lot to administer the medication. And here I tell you some that I hope will work for you.
One of the ways to give medicine to a cat, is mix with your food(whenever possible and the vet tells you that you can do it).
Choose a wet meal that you like, soft snack, liquid treats ... or whatever you can think of, to camouflage the pills inside crushed inside.
You will have to crush until they become dusty and you can mix with some food and hopefully, your cat will eat it.
I say with luck because with my cat this works a couple of days, then I hate the food that he liked so much and you have to try another food, snack or treat. So you can spend days opening different cans of wet food to get the pill taken.
In my case, that's how I managed to give pills, I just have to vary with wet feed so you don't get bored every day of taking it with medication.
If you want give medication with some new wet feed that you do not know if you will like it, I recommend that you first give it to try it and then, mix the crushed tablet.
I also tried with mix the pills with your dry feedThey recommended that you leave a very small portion of your daily meal available, dip it a little with olive oil and then put the crushed medication to stick, but it did not work. And that your thinking makes you totally crazy.
I also tried crush the tablet to make a fine powder, put some water and try to carefully administer with a syringeThe truth is that in my case, it was a bad idea because it regurgitated it completely, and that I did it with caution, sliding the liquid gently.
I do not recommend that you administer solid medication (crushed) with water, it is a very unpleasant experience.
Unless the medication is in a liquid format, in that case, you will have to do it by inserting the syringe into the lateral part of the corner of the lips and slowly sliding the liquid so that it does not become attractive.
Whenever your cat has to take medication, talk seriously with your veterinarian to tell him how complex it is.
I will always recommend the easiest and palatable option (with better flavor), so that when mixed with their food they do not find it so unpleasant and avoid it.
Personally, and if you have the ability to administer subcutaneous or intramuscular injections, and your veterinarian prescribes this medication, do it.
You just have to put it on a high surface, pinch a little skin of the spine and give it a quick prick, then massage the area so that hematoma does not come out. And remember to always give him a prize later.
Having a cat is a responsibility. When you share your life with a pet, it is a commitment for life, in good and in bad. So I recommend patience to take care of your hairy.
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