Benefits of Cat Pet Insurance
Posted by Dr. Jessica on
As many pet parents know from experience, giving a cat a pill can be a harrowing event. Many cats resort to using their claws and teeth when faced with a pill they don’t want to swallow. Even if a pet parent manages to successfully get the pill in a cat’s mouth, many felines are wonderful at spitting out pills. Fortunately, there are several tricks pet parents can try when giving cats a pill.
Some pills must be given with food, while others must be administered on an empty stomach. It is important to note that not all medication can be crushed or divided—which may limit administration options. When pet parents and a vet have discussed a cat’s medication, it’s time to see which of the several methods below will work best on the cat.
If a cat’s medication must be taken with food, try hiding the pill in their favorite treat:
If a cat’s medication calls for a full meal, provide the pill hidden in the treat immediately before their meal.
Using a pill pocket can take the guesswork out of hiding treats. Choose a pill pocket in a pet’s favorite flavor, then administer their medication by:
A pet parent can crush the pill and mix it with their regular meal—if their primary vet approves. Use a pill cutter or crusher to maintain an accurate and consistent dosage for a kitty.
Pet parents will need to watch pets carefully to make sure they consume all of their meal and medication. Make sure other pets do not consume any of the mixed food and medication.
If possible, start by asking a veterinarian or technician to demonstrate how to administer medication. To give a cat a pill by hand, follow these steps:
Always reward a pet with their favorite treat and toy to build a positive association with the pill-giving process, or at least avoiding a seemingly traumatic experience.
To make sure you choose the right method for your pet, connect with Fuzzy’s veterinary support team via 24/7 Live Vet Chat. Become a Fuzzy Member and gain 24/7 guidance, night or day from wherever you and your cat are, on how best to administer oral treatments for your cat.