Your veterinarian has prescribed medication for your cat. And how, you might ask, should I get said medication down kitty’s gullet without stressing us both out completely?
Again, Dr. D is here to help! I have created two videos, just for you, to show how I give liquid medication to a cat. These are my kitties – one is super compliant, and the other one… not so much.
Video the First:
Main takeaways from this video:
- Let your cat sit comfortably in a normal position, without cranking their head backwards. They will swallow easier and be less stressed.
- Gently place the tip of the syringe or dropper right behind the canine tooth, between the lips, and give a very small amount of liquid at a time. No kitty likes to feel like they are drowning while something pokes them in the gums.
- Take it sloooooooooooow.
- Give really yummy treats when you’re done (and even during, if needed)!
And now, are you ready for a giggle? Watch on…
Video the Second:
When using the towel-wrapping method that I so gracefully demonstrated for you:
- Have your cat lay down fully on the towel before starting to wrap them. Less space between their body and the towel ensures a secure burrito.
- Make sure you use a towel that is large enough to cover your cat’s bum. That way they can’t back out.
- Wrap the front corner of the towel around the neck and above the feet. Hold the corner tight as you continue.
- After the first layer goes over, tuck it under their belly. This gives the towel more holding power once you wrap the second side over.
- Wrap the second side over top, pulling the front edge around the cat’s neck and above the feet. Do not wrap loosely, or your cat will scootch out the front.
- Swaddle the kitty like you are securely swaddling a newborn. This way, your bunny-kicking kitty won’t escape from the towel burrito.
I hope this was helpful! I know it can be a challenge to medicate your cat, but with some patience, practice, and really yummy treats, you CAN be successful!
And isn’t it nice to know that even the professionals have some trouble every once in a while? 😉
If you’d like your kitty to have a low-stress veterinary experience, call me – Dr. D!