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CAT to take Medication
by Nedda Wittels
Teaching your cat to take pills and liquid
can help save your cat's life and make the whole process easier
for both of you.
My cats have taught me about giving
pills and medicine to them. Now, we would like to share our system
with you. We developed it together and it works well for us.
We hope it will smooth out this processes for you and your cats.
Please remember that you and your cat
are LEARNING to do this together. It
requires patience on both your parts to make this a
pleasant process. By working as a team,
you and your cat can come to a mutual understanding and can create a
medicine-taking process that is comfortable and successful for both of
Since you are learning something new,
the GOAL in the beginning is to LEARN, rather than to get all the
medicine into the cat. Unfortunately, most people discover that
they don't know how to give medicine to cats only when their cat is sick
and it is imperative that the cat consume all the medicine.
Nevertheless, taking the time to teach yourself and your cat how to do
this will ultimately benefit you both.
For your cat
your cat to take pills and liquid medicine from droppers easily and
To have a
cat who is unafraid, relaxed, and cooperative when you give
To be able to
give meds on a daily basis without struggle for however long you need
to do so.
To have a
cat who takes all of her medicine every day.
Do not allow your cat to
jump down and run away. You decide when the session is
finished and you let your cat know by thanking him and placing him
on the floor.
If your cat gets away, DO
NOT CHASE HER. Wait for at least an hour before you try again.
Do not make the session so
long that the cat loses patience and becomes restless and fearful.
time you complete a session with your cat, be sure you . . .
THE SESSION ON A GOOD NOTE with you and your cat feeling pleasure
AND THANK YOUR CAT for cooperating.
YOUR CAT in a favored spot on his/her body.
YOUR CAT GENTLY ON THE FLOOR if the cat was in your lap.
YOUR CAT GENTLY if you and the cat were already on the floor.
HOW YOU DEFINE IT. For a learning situation, success means you
might have gotten only some of the medication into the cat WHILE THE CAT
patience. Pick a time when you are UNRUSHED.
Bachís Rescue Remedy, a
cup, and a tissue.
Clean dropper from a 1 ounce dropper bottle.
old pill bottle to hold the pills.
dish with warm water in it for wetting the pills.
Small cup (When giving liquid homeopathics, you can put the measured
liquids into this cup so you wonít contaminate the dropper from the
size towel for wrapping the cat.
FOR THE SESSION
Read through this section until
you understand how to prepare yourself and your cat.
Make sure your
finger nails are an appropriate length.
To give a cat
pills, the nails on the fingers of your pill-giving hand must be cut
short enough to prevent you from stabbing your cat in the mouth.
This also makes it easier for you to hold onto tiny pills.
Takes as much time as you need to put yourself into a relaxed, calm state.
Have all the items ready and located where you can easily reach them.
Rescue Remedy bottle in a cup with the top unscrewed and a tissue
scrunched up around the bottom of the bottle so it won't spill and you can easily get more of
it when you need it.
all the pills into the lid so you donít have to wrestle with the
pill bottles while you hold the cat.
giving liquid homeopathic medicine, you can put the liquid from all
the homeopathics into one cup together.
giving other liquid medicine, have the tops unscrewed and/or measure
out the amount you need to give.
everything next to the chair where you will be sitting or on the
floor next to which you will kneel.
CATCHING AND PREPARING YOUR CAT
Think about something else as you go pick up your cat.
are telepathic and know when you are about to do something they
donít like. Therefore, it is important that you think about
something else - anything else, to prevent your cat
knowing your true intentions.
chase your cat before you begin this session. Find another way
to get your cat. If you have to chase the cat to catch it, you
are already starting out with you and the cat upset, which is the
opposite of your goal.
Sometimes I wait until the cat and I are sitting quietly and then I
give the medicine, which I have already prepared and left sitting
next to my chair. This won't work if the medicine has to be
given before food is consumed.
Sit down and place the cat in your lap. Verbally explain to your cat
are going to give him the pills and medicine he needs to get well.
learning how to do this, and you may not do it perfectly at first.
- Ask your
cat to please be patient and cooperate with you as best he can because
you love him and want him to get well.
him to help you learn how to give him medicine so that it is
comfortable for him.
Rescue Remedy lavishly.
Rescue Remedy on your catís nose pad and lips or on its paw pads.
Pet and praise her.
Rescue Remedy on your hands. Let your cat sniff your hands.
Pet and praise her.
Rescue Remedy on your cat. Pet and praise her.
a towel around the cat.
towel panics your cat, it is good to use one when first teaching
yourself and your cat how to take medicine.
You can hold
your cat in your lap or you can kneel on the floor with the back of your cat
resting against your thighs. In the floor position, the cat cannot
back away as you try to medicate her.
Wrapped in a towel, the
cat's paws can't interfere with your hand when you give the medicine.
Some simple rules for giving liquids
with a dropper or syringe:
put the liquid into the side of the cat's mouth and directly
onto the tongue.
not put the liquid into the front of the cat's mouth.
not put the liquid down the catís throat.
into the front of a cat's mouth or trying to put it down their throat
can cause choking
because the cat might in hale the liquid. This causes cats to
resist taking medication.
Cat's cannot breath and swallow at the same time. By giving just a
few drops on their tongue, you are giving the cat a chance to breathe.
This prevents choking and won't frighten your cat.
This helps them stay relaxed.
This will help wash away the bad taste and
your cat will appreciate it. Your cat will also relax, and this helps
you end the session on a good note.
is for all pills EXCEPT homeopathics.
swallow a pill
if you hold their mouths closed
or if you hold their heads back.
Have ready on
the floor next to where you will kneel or on the table next to where you
pills you plan to give either in a jar lid or on a saucer.
bowl of warm water.
a flat plate on which there
is a small pat of room temperature unsalted butter.
wrap around the cat.
instructions are for people who are right handed.
Please make appropriate changes if you are left handed.
the floor with your knees slightly apart, your feet together, and
your seat on your heels. This is the easiest position in which to give a
back of the cat against your legs so it canít back away. You can also wrap
the cat in a towel and place the cat in this position.
left hand, palm down, gently grasp the catís cheekbones from above and tilt
the head slightly back.
pill between the index finger and thumb of the right hand. Dip the
pill into the warm water to wet it thoroughly OR roll the pill in
the butter. (This makes it
slippery and easier to slid down the catís throat.)
pill-giving hand palm up, use the back of the nail of the middle
finger of the pill-giving hand to pry the lower jaw down.
the fingernail between the catís teeth. Then with the thumb and
index finger, "shoot" the pill into the back of the throat Ė beyond
the hump in the tongue. Let go suddenly so the cat will swallow
Because you have made the pill slippery, it will probably slide
right down the cats throat.
If your aim is off and the pill gets stuck between the cat's side teeth,
allow the cat to spit out the pill. Apologize for your inaccurate
aim, and ask the cat to bear with you as you try again. Take
some deep breaths and open your heart center. Begin again.
of my cats has an opening to her throat that is more to one side
than to the other. It took me a while to figure this out.
Once I did, my aim improved.
a pill slides right down, you can follow up with some additional
drops of water from a dropper placed on the tongue given through the
side of the mouth. If you are giving several pills, the
additional water helps the pill you just gave slide down the
esophagus and wets the throat for the next pill.
REMEMBER: Cats cannot breath when they are swallowing.
several pills, take brief breaks between every 2 pills to allow your cat
to catch her breath and to lick her lips. Stroke your cat to help
her stay relaxed.
FINISHING YOUR SESSION
PRAISE AND THANK YOUR CAT for
PET YOUR CAT in a favored spot.
RELEASE YOUR CAT.
You must actively release your cat.
You are in charge of
ending the session.