One of the most effective methods of administering liquid medication is to have your cat come up to you, open its mouth wide, and allow you to pour it down toward the back of its tongue. Unfortunately, no cat will do it, and in fact, most cats will froth at the mouth if you try to compel them to do so. Liquid medication is difficult to give properly.
It is also possible to combine the medication with the cat’s food or other liquids that the cat usually like, which is the second-best option. This technique may be effective if the medication is not especially foul-smelling. However, the likelihood that it will not occur is high*. Cats are very skeptical, especially when their noses alert them to the presence of anything strange in the food they are eating. Consider attempting the technique if you have additional supplies of both food and medication on hand in case it becomes successful. Don’t get your hopes up too much.
The “force” technique is the third of the three methods. In any case, whatever you do with liquids, be sure you don’t push them down the throat of your cat. They have the potential to enter into its windpipe and do significant damage. Liquid in the lungs may result in pneumonia or, at the very least, severe congestion.
Using a lip-pouch is the most effective technique since it is both safe and almost infallible, unless your cat manages to froth the liquid back at you. The Lip-Pouch Technique To begin, put the medication in a spoon, or better yet, a big eyedropper, and set it aside. Remove it from its mouth by gently grabbing the inside of its lower lip (without harming it) just above the corner of its mouth. This creates a pouch or pocket in the process. Pour the medication into the pouch gently, a very little amount at a time, then seal the pouch and let the cat to consume it. If it is hesitant to swallow, it may raise its muzzle until it has no option but to swallow. It will swallow the liquid, which will pass past its clamped teeth and down its throat.
Repeat the process until all of the medication has been consumed. Prepare a space where you will be able to securely handle the cat. Prepare the medicine and put it in a convenient location where it will be readily accessible. The placement of your cat on your lap may prove to be the most convenient option if you are giving the medicine by yourself. It may be necessary to confine the cat by covering it in a blanket or towel so that just its head is visible throughout the procedure. It may also be beneficial to have someone else hold the covered cat while you give the medicine the first few times.
Your dominant hand should be used to hold the syringe or dropper holding the medicine. Allowing the cat to suck the medicine off the tip of the syringe while gently pressing the plunger is the first step. To get your cat to lick the liquid, gently grab him by the scruff of his neck and pull his head back. The mouth will then slightly open as a result of this. After receiving the first dosage, a cat may come to the conclusion that it is pointless to continue to fight, but don’t rely on it. Some cats, on the other hand, will sense the medication approaching and struggle to escape it or froth at the mouth in response.
In many cases, you will need the assistance of a second person to hold the cat’s head and paws while you create the pouch and pour in the medication. While you should avoid yanking the cat about or wrestling with it, you should also avoid becoming timid. The finest kind of forcefulness is a gentle one.
The following are some examples of measuring equivalents: A teaspoon of liquid is about V ounce; a tablespoon is approximately x /2 ounce or 5 cc; a dram is approximately the same size as a teaspoon; an ounce is approximately 30 cc; and a cup is approximately 8 oz. The most convenient method to provide liquid medicine to your cat is to mix it in with some canned food. It is preferable to mix the medicine into a little quantity of tinned food that you give to your cat by hand rather than putting it into a large bowl of food that the cat may not finish.