Giving a Cat Omega 3 Oils

@NailTech (6892)
United States
December 31, 2012 6:45pm CST
OK one of the things the vet suggested I give my cat is these omega 3 oils and vitamins that come in a bottle. So I picked up about three different kinds and she won't take it by mouth or in her food so I have to give it to her with a spoon. I have a dropper now with one of the bottles and am thinking of getting one for the other, I'm only giving her one bottle at a time though of course. I was wondering if you have found a way or can think of a way I can give her these oily things easier so she doesn't get the oil all over herself or over the person holding her for me? It is getting alittle messy.
5 responses
@allknowing (55163)
• India
1 Jan 13
My vet had recommended putting a spoon of sun flower oil in my dog's feed. I also give her 2 sea cod pills and fortunately she laps it all. May be you can hold on to your cat's nape and feed here with a dropper?
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
1 Jan 13
A dog is usually much easier to give a lot of medications, etc. This cat is like 20 pounds and she hates all of the stuff I have to give her now. Also if my dad holds her she squirms the most but not if my brother or mom holds her so I will probably ask them to do it for me. I think also I'm going to limit the amount on the spoon at a time, even if I have to feed her two times with the dose she requires at once, but with smaller amounts on the spoon cause a least then it won't get all over the place either. Either way she is getting the same amount she's supposed to get. I am going to get some extra droppers too too and use those. She seems to take the antibiotics well with that.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
1 Jan 13
Thanks for the info on how to show what nape of the neck means. I have seen people do that and it is not that hard. She is just alittle more heavier than most cats so it is as slight struggle. And yes that is what I meant by a dropper.
@allknowing (55163)
• India
2 Jan 13
I hope somehow you will manage to handle this rather tricky situation! Pets are precious!
• Indonesia
1 Jan 13
I've never give my cat omega 3 oils but since omega 3 oils are fish oils essentially, wouldn't it smell fishy, usually cats like something which smells fishy, right? maybe he/she want to lick it in his/her own because it resembled the smell of fish? Or I can suggest to mix it with the food, so he/she would eat it along with his/her food. That way it won't get messy and you don't need to use dropper. I sometimes give my cat vitamins powder with the food. That way he will eat it without problem.
@deazil (4605)
• United States
1 Jan 13
One of my cats will absolutely not eat fish! Can you believe it?
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
1 Jan 13
It does smell fishy but it does have an oily smell. She likes fish but she can clearly tell that there is something "different" in her food when I try to mix it in it and won't eat it. The other night she ate it one time but only a few drops of the corn oil(which he told me to give her also besides the omega 3!) I did try that first hand. Cats can be that way and refuse the food. One of my other cats was easy to give his oils to with a spoon, this one is over 20 pounds and when she don't want it she don't want it. I have not seen cat vitamins in powder form, is that brewer's yeast you are are talking about maybe? Deazil, I believe it. Cats can have preferences just like humans, this cat I have now used to hate fish. She gets Fancy Feast canned cat food and so did the other cat that had skin issues. My mother buys the food and she refuses to buy anything else cause then the "poor cat would have to eat the same can all day" she says. This is her excuse.
@deazil (4605)
• United States
1 Jan 13
One of my cats will only eat Fancy Feast. But she would only eat the gravy and leave the pieces of meat. So I started buying the pate to make her eat the actual food and she just licks it until it's in little balls. Then I have to mash it down and stir it back up into a pile for her. It's really aggravating. She never use to be so fussy. Old age, I guess. And your mom, well, we both know that's a whole other story.
@deazil (4605)
• United States
1 Jan 13
Sometimes if you wrap the cat in a towel with just their head sticking out that helps. What I've done with the dropper is stick my finger in the cat's mouth from one side to pry it open and put the dropper in the other side as far back as I can. That way it's closer to their throat and goes down easier. After getting it in there I hold their mouth shut until I feel them swallow. It can be tricky giving a cat medicine. The hard part is trying to keep the cat calm.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
1 Jan 13
Yes I have suggested that to the people I ask to hold her for me, I can't hold her and give them the supplements at the same time with this cat cause she is too big. My other 10 pounder cat would easily take the meds he had to get like this, unless it was pill form then of course all cats are hard to get those. Yes, it is hard to keep her calm, that is why she shakes her head. I will try to get the dropper closer to her throat next time, right now I'm using a spoon til I can get to a store to buy another dropper for this bottle of supplements, the other bottle is a different brand of the same supplement and want to save it for when I use that one.
@deazil (4605)
• United States
1 Jan 13
I don't envy you. But good luck!
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
1 Jan 13
No worries, I got this. LOL.
@BabyCheetah (1913)
• Australia
1 Jan 13
Does your cat like eating fish? Because I would have thought that was how a cat got their omega 3's just like us. If your cat doesn't like fish and the oil smells fishy also then your cat wouldn't like it. Is it possible though to inject it into your cats food? Surely there has to be a better way
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
1 Jan 13
She doesn't too much but once in awhile she will eat it. I'm thinking the brand of cat food is not that good in general but i don't pay for it so I can't say much about it I guess. But today I have tried to get her to eat alittle human tuna and she ran from it. Other times she will drink the oil in the can though. She is a finicky kitty in some ways.
• Australia
2 Jan 13
Oh yeah some cats can be very finicky which is probably why they don't like the omega 3 oil. I wonder is there is some sort of dry food with added omega 3 in it that your cat might eat?
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
1 Jan 13
What did you buy her? Patches mainly has to have certain vitamins as she has a low immune system. I give all them a multi vitamin in liquid form, another supplement base it's like toothpaste texture, and another salmon oil. Now she usually will take it if I hold it up to her, but she knows I will stuff it in her mouth. My vet with the one that is thick like totthpaste to wipe it on her paw or somewhere as they are rather clean animals so they will lick it off. The other one, I had to syringe it into her. Now she will eat it with her food. I had regular fish oil, and none of them would eat it. But I bought salmon oil from work, and they just inhale it because it does have that taste.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
1 Jan 13
The supplement I'm using until the bottle gets used up right now is the PRO-PET Skin and Coat Liquid Supplement for cats and dogs. She has to take 2 of the 1/2 teaspoons required cause she is approx. 20 pounds. I also have two others that I didn't use with her yet but might after the first one gets used up. The gel kind is the Petco brand Senior Vitamin Supplement for Cats and she needs 5" ribbon in length cause of her weight once again. The last one is the one I ordered from Ped-Meds and it's with a dropper and called Super Pure Omega 3 Liquid (for cats and dogs). I wish she would 'inhale' some of these cause it would be easier, LOL.