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how to administer the drug properly

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
my cat was coughing pretty badly and after a trip to the vet i ended up with 2 week supply of liquid based antibiotic. first 2 or 3 times it was easy to administer the drug but after 3 days its hell that im going through. cat is now scared of me, especially when i touch her head and when i touch her around her mouth she starts salivating and freaking out, even if i dont try to give her anything. and when i do, there is a lot of scratching, screaming and medicine is on me and her but not where is supposed to be. what would be the best way to do it without ruining my relationship with her?
post #2 of 14
I've always had great luck using tuna water (from a can of human tuna, just open and drain) with liquid meds. You won't need much just enough to cover the taste, tablespoon or two is usually enough.

It is always so hard when they have resentments afterwards. Hope this may help you.
post #3 of 14
I found putting the liquid into a pill and then quickly covering it in butter and pilling them works the best. It does sometimes take 3 or 4 pills.
post #4 of 14
Yup... tuna works great for me as well. Mostly juice and a tiny bit of tuna mixed in usually does the trick
post #5 of 14
Does she eat wet food and is the medicine Clavamox? If so, squeeze it onto a little bit of her food and mix it up. The taste is not bad and I've actually had a cat lick up the medicine without food.
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Yes, the medicine is Clavamox and she absolutely hates it. I tried mixing it with tuna water, but even large quantity didn't cover the smell of the drug, so she refused to drink it (although my other cat was more than happy to help out). I used syringe to spray it in her mouth and within 5 minutes she threw up. Will try mixing with wet food next.
post #7 of 14
Clavamox comes in a pill form as well... maybe that would be easier if mixing with wet food doesn't work?
post #8 of 14
Coco is sick again and she got Cephalexin today. She dosent get Clavamox anymore because she throws it up and it gives her a bad Stomach Pains. Maybe your Cat get the same way from it. Coco runs away when I come with the Meds too but she dosent hate me over it.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
sorry to hear bout your cat beiing sick
i actually found a way, i feed her sheba wet food, she is going crazy for it and it seems that it is working so far, did it once when she was very hungry and it went ok, gonna give it another try 2nite.
post #10 of 14
Have you tried pill pockets? They work great!
post #11 of 14
So sorry to hear about troubles... I completely understand as I've an 18# ex-gypsy now neutered male Main Coon. He now reacts better than four years ago when he sauntered into my apt quite ill and full-male. Wandered around for approx. 3 years. vet opines. Prob. lost or dumped. Very agressive or should say fearful.

If all normal has been tried, IF you can either afford it or cry at the vet.s. he/she could, might give logng-lasting shot and have you return every 3 or so days for another. Solves many probems. You could also learn to give shots yourself! Yes, you can. Learnwith orange. Get needles smallest TB needle size 1ml. But _not_ in loose hair on neck. New info from vets is that area for usual shots can casue those cancerous "bumps" on neck which we've all seen and felt.

You'll give shot in flank. Loose skin on back of rear leg. Hard I know, but less easy for him/her to bite you. Need strong animal-owner friend who is not afraid to help out. Wrap largish towel around said feline but keep one rear leg available.

Before everything, you have alcohol, needle, kleenex and paper towel to put this all on. Probably use kitchen table or area by sink. Can put non-skid Contac rubber mat liner under cat so it won't slide away from under you.

You first open antibiotic shot bottle lid (usually metal which flips off. kinda) and wiped top of that bottle with alcohol on say a piece of toilet paper, sterile cotton ball etc.. then take top off needle - tine usually fall into 2 pieces, top w/cap and needle and bottom part which hold medicine. - lay bottom on paper towel. fight with clean fingernails to carefully remove tight (very) needle cap from needle. Put cap aside. Place needle on bottom part. Push it on hard - very. Keep hands needle and Rx bottle top all extremely clean with the alcohol as you go. Can wash hands first or wipe them off with Purell-type alcohol hand cleaner.

Take needle and insert need top into medicine bottle's rubber top already clean ed with alcohol, remember? Pull bottom part's pluger very slowly to fill proper amount of Rx into needle. Slowly, as you'll see tiny bubbles in base of needle Fill needle base to a bit more than you will need for shot. The when needle still in bottle, push plunger at bottom slowly upwards after clicking finger on base of needle so all bubbles go to top. Then push the air bubbles out back into Rx bottle.

Hold needle to eye-level and remove needle from bottle then hold said needle over sink, and push out more air and some med into sink - keep careful eye on this as you want to get medicine at correct level in base of needle - say .5 ml. or whatever the Dr. said or wrote out on bottle.

Now stroke hind leg of kitty with hqnd and then alcohol fill cotton puff or piece of t.p. of some small piece of kellenx all of which you had already prepared by filing with the alcohol from that big alcohol bottle. You will rub skin where you wnat to give shot. Cat will kick - alcohol is cold. Be firm! Be sure needle with meds. is also firmly in otherh and. Be sure be tight and you will do it quickly. Got it?

Friend has cuddled kitty more firmly in towel wrap as you go and rubbed said feline's head and ears and talked it into a lull. EVERYONE IS CALM! Even soft music helpful. Small loving noises from "Mom/Dad Cat" is good, too.

Now pay attention.

Rememjbewr, the longer you take to give the shot, the more the cat will squirm and your friend will panic, etc. Bad scene. That's why I've given so many details. You will get ALL the medicine into the skin and probably even part in the muscle. Good! You get flu shots don't you? Well fast and clean is best.

Do the best for you cat.

Practice on oranges, apples, over and over with one or 2 needles until it is _automatic_. Do not let kitty think for even one moment this is your first try. You are head cat in the family and you are caring for your kit. Take that feeling deeply into your head and heart and hands. Firm loving care.

It will work and shots are a lot better than pink sugary kids' medicine all over the cat's fur, you, everywhere.

Practice, practice. Love your cat up. Walk away. All of this days before you begin. When you leave you cat wanting more rubs or yums... he/she will follow you for more. Just be casual. You are in control. Practice that, too.

Let this be a reminder to me, also. 18# and a good friend and an excellent vet all taught me this.

Best of luck and head catness to you all.

-Karen (& 3 Cat Crew)
P.S. Forgive misspellings and all. Poor eyes. etc. these days.
post #12 of 14
Originally Posted by wishiwas View Post
Clavamox comes in a pill form as well... maybe that would be easier if mixing with wet food doesn't work?
i've been administering the Clavamox pill by crushing it up and mixing it in with wet food...this is an acceptable method, isn't it?
post #13 of 14
I was given antibiotics to give my cat and I had been dreading trying to feet it to him (liquid in a syringe). Thankfully I can unload the contents on top of the lid of the catnip I have and my cat licks it right off. Hopefully she'll continue to do this.

There's some good advice in here. I hope your kitty gets well.
post #14 of 14
I've had to give my cat liquid and pill meds, and the liquid was easier by far (she was also a kitten). To give her liquid I would hold her on my lap on her back and stick a finger in her mouth, then put dropper as far as comfortable and thats it. After a few days of that, she was ok with it. It is very important to give treats after meds so they dont think you are completly evil!! For pills, try coating it in anchovy paste and putting as far back in throat as possible. Then feed wet food to wash down pill. Beware cutting pills in half: they taste bad and your cat will foam at the mouth- its gross but kinda funny...
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