Advanced Animal Care

catGiving your cat or kitten medicine can be intimidating at first.  Some cats are easier to medicate than others.   You should never give your cat medication without consulting your veterinarian.  Sometime the medicine your giving is from the veterinarian’s office. Here are a few tips on how to medicate your cat.

Pills and Capsules

If you can use a pill pocket or flavor doh to wrap around your medicine this is often an easy way to get your pet to take their pills.  Sometimes you can make a food ball that will cover and conceal the smell of the medicine.  It is always a good idea to give them a few bites free of medicine, and follow the pill bite with another bite that has no medicine in it.

This works great if your medicine can be given with food.  Sometimes, you need to give medicine by itself.  For these times, try giving your cat their medication without restraining them first.  Many cats do better when they aren’t being held down.  If you find your cat needs to be restrained, try wrapping them in a towel.

Place one thumb and forefinger on either side of the cat’s face from above and behind the whiskers and apply pressure to the area between the teeth.  This should cause the cat to open his or her mouth and you can drop the medicine as far back into their mouth as you can.  Close their mouth and get them to swallow by rubbing their throat or lightly blowing air into their face.

It is a good idea to follow the pill with at least a teaspoon of water.  This will encourage the pill to travel to the stomach and not stay lodged in the esophagus.  This is very important so the medicine will be effective and your cat will stay healthy.

Liquid Medicine

Liquid medicine can be squirted into the cheek of your cat using a needleless syringe or bottle dropper.  An adult cat can handle around 3 teaspoons (15ml) at one dose.  Follow the dosing procedures on the medicine and prescribed by your veterinarian.


With injections comes the risk of allergic reactions or anaphylactic shock. Anaphylactic shock requires immediate emergency action so, it is important to consult with your veterinarian about any injections your pet needs.  When needed, there are times you will have to administer injections at home.  When this happens, your veterinarian will go over the proper procedures and make sure you’re comfortable and equipped to handle the procedure.

We hope this helps with giving your cat medicine.  Any time your pet is given a prescription it is important to follow through.  If you have any questions, your Berea Veterinarian is here to help.