If you’re like a lot of cat owners, you know your cat’s daily routine. If you notice your cat is not following his usual activities, or if you see a change in behavior patterns, those could be subtle but important clues that your cat is sick. As a pet parent, it’s time for you to step in and get the vet on speed dial.
Behavioral changes are nothing to fool around with. When your cat starts to hide, instead of purring on the windowsill, it’s time to find out why. Cats are so good at hiding pain and illness, that even the smallest changes in their behavior can be a sign of a serious problem.
If one of the veterinarians at Metropolitan Veterinary Center discovers that your cat has a short term illness, or an ongoing chronic health issue, your kitty may need prescription medication and it will be your job to give it to them. Giving medication to a cat can be challenging when he doesn’t want to cooperate. At Metropolitan Veterinary Center, we are here to explain how you can give your cat his medication successfully, without stressing out your feline friend or yourself.
Common Reasons And Prescriptions For Cat Medicine
The veterinarians at Metropolitan Veterinary Center may prescribe medication for your cat for various reasons. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Heart Disease
- Some forms of cancer, intestinal lymphoma
- IBS/Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Infections - from wounds to urinary tract infections
- Allergies / Skin Problems
To make things easier on you and your pet, cat medications can be compounded into a flavor tab, a flavored liquid or transdermal gel for easier administering (and who doesn’t like salmon flavor!) There are also long lasting antibiotic and pain relief injectables available. Talk to one of our veterinarians about these options at your next appointment.
Our veterinary technicians will train you on what to do and will help you manage your cat’s medication schedule. With proper instruction from our veterinary team, you can be successful at giving your cat his medication. And at the end of the day, you know you’ve done your best to make your buddy feel comfortable throughout his healing process.
What To Know About Giving Your Cat Medicine
If you have ever attempted to give your cat medication, you know it can be quite a challenge...for both of you! We’re here to give you some tips to get the job done right, the first time, and still be buddies after. Somes cats may run and hide, while others may be curious. The following tips may help:
Tips On Giving your Cat Medication - Pills, Liquid or Transdermal Gel
- For administering pills to your cat, you can use Pill Pockets. These are soft tasty treats that you insert the pill into to disguise the cat medication.
- Pill guns are designed to place the pill on the back of the tongue where the cat is least likely to reject the medication.
- Some medications are available in liquid form. Liquids can be compounded to a flavor your cat enjoys.
- Some medications are available as Transdermal Gels, meaning that they are applied topically like a lotion. With transdermal gets, it is important to understand the absorption rate and pay close attention to dosing.
How To Give A Cat Liquid Medicine
If you have to medicate your cat for a long period of time, have a game plan. You will want to be prepared with a plan of action. While every cat is different when it comes to taking medications, most cats respond well to positive reinforcement when administering cat medications. You will have a quick window of opportunity to medicate your cat, before he or she changes his mind. Trying to medicate your cat on the ground is much more difficult and tough on both of you. Place the cat comfortably on a high table and consider wrapping in a towel - our team is happy to show you how!
What To Do When You Need To Refill Your Cat Prescription
Metropolitan Veterinary Center has a well stocked pharmacy for the convenience and safety of our patients. Although we cannot compete with big box-store prices, our practice has reliable distributors and understand pet dosing as well as safety when human phamacists don't. Some drugs that need to be compounded or flavored have to be made and then either picked up from our hospital or mailed to you. For refills on medications, call us 24 hours in advance. For food prescription refills, we ask for 1 weeks notice. Your pet may need to have occasional blood tests to make sure he is on the correct dosage throughout the prescribed treatment or to ensure there are no complications metabolizing the medication.
What is Prescription Cat Food?
Prescription cat food is formulated for a specific health issue your cat may have. There are certain health conditions that will benefit from prescription cat foods. These foods are formulated by veterinary nutritionists.
Behavior Modification Medications For Cats
What should I do when my cat displays unwanted behaviors?
First, we will recommend testing to assess if the condition is for a medical reason. There are many behavior modification medications for cats. It depends on what behaviors the cat is displaying. There are also some natural pheromones that can be used for behavior problems. A combination of behavioral medicine and behavior modification techniques is a good starting point to help your cat overcome negative behaviors.
It may take time for your cat to respond to the medication and time to learn new positive behaviors. It takes humans time to learn new behaviors too!
If you think you may be noticing a change in your cat’s behavior, please call our office at Metropolitan Veterinary Center and make an appointment. Even the smallest changes in behavior can indicate that your cat is facing a significant health problem and may need medication. If your cat is already on prescription medication, we would be happy to supply you with refills. Talk to one of our veterinarians about prescription cat medication at your next appointment.