Have you ever tried giving a cat medicine?

@scribe1 (1207)
United States
July 6, 2008 1:57pm CST
Quite a few years ago when my Rodney cat was still alive, I had to take him to the vet, which was bad enough. Even worse, I had to administer a pink medicine to Rodney via a dropper. Rodney was very sweet-natured, but when I had to gently pry his mouth opened, he resisted all of my attempts. I wound up getting more medicine on me, my clothes and furniture than in the cat! I think giving medicine to any cat is murder. And I only got my Rodney to take it by allowing him to lick the filled dropper like a lollipop. THEN he took the medicine willingly and didn't mind it when it was time for him to get his second dose of the day. So, have you ever tried administering medicine to your cat --- and what was that experience like? What would you do again, or not?
7 responses
@luvstochat (6911)
• United States
7 Jul 08
Sounds like you were giving your cat amoxicillian that is whay my kitties had to take when they had upper respitory infection it was pink and I had to use a dropper to give it to them. I would have my husband hold them and then open their mouths and shove it way back that way not much spilled out.
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
7 Jul 08
Yeah, I was trying to administer amoxicillan. And you know that it isn't long before a cat gets wise, intuits what is going to happen, and gets that frightened, wide-eyed look. I reached a point where I placed the cat on the kitchen table, administered the medicine and let him jump off. I had a little better control over his movements, having quickly learned not to give medicine to a cat who's sitting on the floor or on the chair.
@snowy22315 (100052)
• United States
6 Jul 08
I have been concerned about my cat and have been trying to give him cranberry juice by dropper. That is really alot of fun. The first couple of times I actually got it in his mouth the third time I tried it i think he actually knew it was coming and really clamped down. I have resorted to putting alittle bit of it in the water.
@irishidid (8712)
• United States
6 Jul 08
My daughter is a vet tech. She taught me how to give liquid medicine to where you don't have to pry open their mouth.
• Australia
6 Jul 08
I don't have any problems with my cat. She is very personable and friendly though. She is not the scratchy, bitie type at any time. I just kneel on the floor and place her between my knees so that she has nowhere to go when she trys to back out. She is too loving and loveable to be a hassle! lol
@mcat19 (1357)
• United States
6 Jul 08
Yes, I have. I cannot, for example, get a pill into any of our cats. I count on my roommate for that. I can and do mash pills and liquids into their canned food and have no problem getting meds into them. This is a good thing because we have several cats getting Cosequin -- a capsule that you open and sprinkle the powder into food. Peaches is getting 37 drops of TractEase twice a day which also mixes into her food. Eating is supervised carefully. That pink stuff, Clavamox, is always a disaster for us. I wear it well as does everything else in the kitchen. I try to get injections as often as I can. I can do those very well and no cat has objected at all.
@cream97 (29152)
• United States
6 Jul 08
No, that is what the vet is for.. I would be afraid to do this..Not to sound rude.. I would feel better letting the vet perform this.. Not unless I am given permission.
• Thailand
6 Jul 08
Yes i've been scratched and spewed upon a few times when i tried to give medicine to my cats, though now i've learned that the quicker it is the less damage is done