How to Give Medications to Your Cat
Liquid medicines, including electrolytes and water solutions, are
administered into the cheek pouch between the molars and the cheek. A medicine
bottle, eyedropper, or plastic syringe without the needle can be used to
dispense the liquid.
Adult cats can be given up to 3 teaspoons (15 ml) of liquid medicine as a
single dose. Measure the required amount into the bottle, syringe, or medicine
dropper. (Use a plastic dropper in case the cat bites it.) Secure the cat as
described for administering pills (above). Insert the end of the dispenser into
the cheek pouch and, while tilting the chin upward, slowly dispense the
medication. The cat will swallow automatically.
Injecting any foreign substance into the body always carries with it the
danger of causing an acute allergic or anaphylactic reaction. Treating
anaphylactic shock requires immediate intravenous adrenaline (epinephrine) and
oxygen. This is one reason why it is best to have your veterinarian give
injections. As a precaution, do not administer a drug by injection to a cat who
has had any sort of past history of an allergic reaction to that drug.
If it becomes necessary to give injections at home (for example, if the cat
is diabetic), have your veterinarian demonstrate the procedure. Some injections
are given under the skin (subcutaneous) and others into the muscle
(intramuscular). Directions that come with the product will indicate the
correct route of injection.