Giving Cats Antibiotics – How to Give Medicine to a Difficult Cat? 

It is common for cats not to want to consume medicine, making the task very daunting for you. Regardless of how notorious they may be, cats still require medication if necessary, and this post about giving cats antibiotics will show you what to do.

One popular countermeasure to this problem is to give cats medicine hidden in the food they like. If that doesn’t work, there is a whole slew of different ways to give medicine to an angry cat. However, the key to succeeding in the cats-and-antibiotics-dilemma is to know the correct implementation and have some patience.

Here are a few tips and tricks that can help you and much more! 

Use Food to Hide Cat Liquid Medicine in

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Cats can also be tricked into not realizing they are receiving unflavored medication if it is hidden in their food. Veterinary centers or pet food stores offer a variety of tasty pet treats specially made for the purpose.

Nevertheless, you can employ this idea with any food but make sure to use just a tiny amount of food, enough for just concealing the medicine, so your cat doesn’t leave any bits and bobs. 

You can also hide cat antibiotics in human foods that your feline fellow finds appealing, such as butter, peanut butter, cheese deli meats, or even bread. 

Some cats have an extra sensitive smelling sense and might not fall prey to your food trick. It is recommended to work with strong-aroma, wet food in such cases. The food’s rich scent will camouflage any slight smell of the medication while also attracting your cat even more.  

Other Ways to Trick a Cat to Take Liquid Medicine 

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Use Healthy Competition to Trick Cats to Take Liquid Medicine 

Most likely, if you have more than one cat, you have noticed how jealous one of them gets when the other gets too close to you or simply sits in your lap. Use this usual cat trait to have a healthy competition of treats amongst your cats. 

This method will mainly work for cats who somehow end up smelling medicines in their treats, no matter how well you conceal it. Use an eating competition to your advantage by holding one treat with medicine in it and others with none. Hand out those treats to each of your cats, making sure you give the intended one to the right cat. 

Because some cats tend to finish quickly while contesting with fellow cats, your cat might just gulp its treat like a shot without knowing what it has actually consumed. 

Put Medicine on the Tops of Your Cat Paws 

Another great way is to use the self-grooming trait of your cat. If your vet has prescribed cat antibiotics in powder or liquid form, try blending it with a tiny amount of peanut butter and spread it on your cat’s coat. Try to be as nearer to its upper part. You can also apply it on top of their paws or chest. 

These spots are very near to a cat’s nose and are likely to be noticed and licked off sooner. These parts are also less likely to contact your home interior, resulting in less mess. Cats will simply lick off the medicine wrapped in food to clean themselves, and your job will be done. 

Giving Cats Antibiotics: When Nothing Works 

Man Feeding Something to Cat

Even after all the tricks and disguises, there are still some troublesome cats that simply refuse any med carrier no matter how appealing it is or even if they have to compromise their grooming for that. In such cases, it’s better to take the cat to a veterinarian center to have the medication administered by experts. 

As a last resort, you can yourself acquire the expert knowledge of ‘pilling” cats directly. Consult your vet to show you how to give medicine in the best possible way. Stay as calm as possible while pilling your cat as they tend to take on their caretaker’s stress. Therefore proceed confidently but slowly. 

If you are not comfortable putting your fingers inside the cat’s mouth, employ a “pill-gun” instead. The syringe-like equipment will help you better place the medicine at the farthest end of your cat’s throat. While doing so, don’t forget to tip the cat’s head back in a way that its nose is straight up.

More About Cats and Antibiotics 

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How Long Does it Take for a Cat to Absorb Medication? 

This question is better to be addressed by your vet as each medication differs. In general, liquid medicines will absorb faster than tablets taking approximately 30 minutes or less. Tablets, on the other hand, will take at least an hour. All in all, it’s better to wait until morning to give the next one. 

Cat on Antibiotics Not Eating 

Cats on antibiotics not eating is one of the most common concerns raised by cat owners. This is exactly why medicines are given with food, as it not only triggers the pet but also fulfills the food requirement that needs to be fulfilled while the cat is on its meds. 

If your cat is one of those who take pills directly and then in no way accepts food, you don’t really have to worry. This behavior is pretty typical in animals consuming antibiotics; hence don’t force them to eat. Instead, wait a few hours and offer the food again. 

If it still continues to turndown, try adding something that makes the meal more palatable such as chicken, bone broth, or low-sodium beef. 

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Wrapping Up

Giving medicine to your cat can be demanding and even stressful for both of you but certainly not impossible. Just a little bribery, trickery, and proper medication practices can make giving antibiotics to cats go like a breeze. 

However, don’t miss talking with a specialist about administering a particular drug to ensure no complications, such as while serving disguised with food or blended with butter.

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