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How To Give Liquid Medicine To Difficult Cat?

Most animals do not appreciate taking medicine, and cats are no exception. But regardless of how tough your cat is, you must administer the medication for it to recover.

Medicines are available in both tablet and liquid form. In this essay, we will discuss how to provide liquid medication to a problematic cat.

You can provide the medication to your cat by altering its flavor or by employing a strategy that will facilitate its administration.

In "How To Give Liquid Medicine To Difficult Cat?" by BestForPets (bestforpets.org), we'll mention methods for administering liquid medication to a resistant cat.

Mix The Liquid Medicine with the Cat's Food

When medication is combined with food, cats are unable to distinguish it. Try mixing liquid medication with wet food.

Remember to notify the veterinarian if your cat is on any other medications.

When mixing the medication with food, be careful to use a little amount of food so that the cat consumes all of the food and does not leave any behind.

This will be plenty to convince the majority of cats to take their medication. Yet, if they don’t, here is another approach to examine.

Use a Syringe

If your cat cannot take their prescription when combined with their food, you will have to use a syringe to deliver the medication.

Using a syringe to administer medication to them is not simple, but with some planning, the process will be less stressful.

Here are the important steps you need to follow:

Step 1: Prepare Your Materials

1. Put a Towel Down – You must place a towel on the location where you intend to deliver the medication. You will afterwards use the towel to wrap around the cat in order to prevent scratching.

You’ll need a full-sized towel, which you must lay flat on the area where you intend to deliver the medication. It is essential to operate from a comfortable height, such as a table or countertop.

2. Prepare Your Medication – You must read and adhere to the directions provided by the veterinarian. In most instances, you will need to shake the medication before administering a dose.

If the medication is to be administered directly from the bottle, it must be placed on a level surface that is easily accessible from the dosage location.

3. Preparing The Syringe – You must inject the recommended amount of medicine into the syringe. Follow the directions carefully and measure accurately. Once the medication has been measured into the syringe, place it within easy reach of your dosage spot.

Step 2: Prepare Your Cat

1. Position The Cat – It would be great if you placed your cat in the dosage area, i.e., the spot where you put the towel. Make sure that your voice is cheerful, soothing, and calming to keep the cat relaxed. Put the cat in the centre of the towel with them facing you.

2. Immobilize Your Cat – This stage entails immobilizing your cat to prevent it from escaping or wriggling while medication. If your cat has a placid disposition, it may enough to hold it. If you have assistance, you should grasp the shoulder and upper forelegs of each cat. This will assist keep the cat motionless and keep them from lifting their front paws to scratch.

The person aiding you might hug your cat against your tummy or chest to prevent it from writhing or retreating. If your cat is writhing, he or she will likely scratch you. The cat should ideally be wrapped with a towel. Wrap them securely, leaving only their head exposed. By wrapping them in a towel, their claws will be safely tucked away, preventing them from scratching you.

To effectively wrap your cat, you must fold half of the towel over the cat’s back and then repeat with the other half of the towel so that the cat is well confined.

Pull any excess towel from around the neck so that the legs are firmly pressed to the torso and fastened within the towel. If you have an assistant, have them place their hands outside the towel over the cat’s shoulders to assist in stabilizing it.

3. Open The Cat’s Mouth – Form an inverted C with your fingers and thumb on your cat’s mouth with your left hand. Ensure that your thumb and fingers are resting on either side of your cat’s lips, and that your palm is resting on the cat’s forehead.

Push inwards with your thumb and fingers, squeezing the cat’s top lip over the upper cheek teeth — the molars. If you are left-handed, you should use your right hand to open the cat’s mouth so that you may give the medication with your left hand.

This procedure allows you to open your cat’s mouth slightly wider and prevent them from biting their lip, hence minimizing the likelihood that they may also bite you.

4. Elevate the Head of Your Cat – Once the cat’s mouth has been opened, you should slant it toward the ceiling. This is readily accomplished by rotating your grasp without shifting your grip. As you tilt the cat’s head upward, the lower jaw drops and the mouth widens.

Step 3: Administer the Medication

1. Insert The Syringe Into The Cat’s Mouth – Insert the syringe behind the cat’s bottom teeth and at an angle over the tongue.

2. Deliver The Medication – With the syringe plunger depressed slowly, administer about one milliliter of the fluid to the cat’s mouth. As the medication enters the cat’s mouth, they will attempt to swallow it.

Some cats lower their heads to swallow, so you may need to loosen your wrist to allow them to assume a normal position for swallowing.

3. Finish The Dosing Process – When the cat has completed swallowing the initial milliliter, repeat the dosing procedure until the syringe is empty.

Step 4: Reward the Cat with a Treat

After done, unwrap your cat while gently chatting to them. In most circumstances, the cat will run away, but not if you show it compassion and offer it a reward.

Giving your cat a reward makes your cat less resentful of the medicine treatment and makes the process much easier when you do it next time.


As can be seen in “How To Give Liquid Medicine To Difficult Cat?” by BestForPets (bestforpets.org), feeding your cat liquid medication may be quite a hassle. Yet, if you and your cat are well-prepared, it may be a stroll in the park.

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Dr. Deborah Fletcher

Deborah R. Fletcher, DVM, is a skilled veterinarian with more than 15 years of experience dealing with companion and exotic animals. She has experience caring for a variety of animals, including household cats and dogs, reptiles, birds of prey, and even primates. Dr. Fletcher is a valuable part of the BestForPets team, where she contributes to their aim of providing pets and their owners with the finest possible treatment and services.

Veterinarian (DVM) Dr. Deborah Fletcher


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