Caring for New Cats & Kittens : Giving Cats Medication


So, I wanted to talk to you a little bit about
medication. Has your cat had any medication yet? Not that I’m aware of. Ok. What we like
to do at McDonald Animal Hospital, is to try and always send home liquid medications that
taste good. But, often times I don’t think that owner’s are able to give medications
at home. Because, the kitty cats are so difficult to deal with and they don’t like the taste
of it. And, so when we send something home for you we’re going to try send it as a liquid.
Like, if we have to give something for the intestinal parasites if they find some. We’re
going to probably send a liquid home. So, it will be easy for you to give. But, let
me just show you some of the techniques for doing that. When you go ahead and just grab
a hold of the head like this, you point the nose up in the air. You can see how the mouth
comes open a little bit. When you point it at the air like that, then you’re going to
put a little bit of that liquid that we’re sending home right there. And, you just put
it in slowly. Not all at once. And, you’re going to watch the kitty cat start going.
And, as the fluid goes down you know the cat’s swallowing it. Now, again it might help to
have somebody else hold the cat. You saw Midnight kind of backed up pretty quickly there. And,
so the other thing that we like to teach owners is about controlling a kitty cat. If your
cat needed to be picked up and put in his box in an emergency, because there was a fire
or something it’s perfectly humane to pick a kitty cat up by the scruff of their neck.
And, I’ll show you this. Do you see how he just goes catatonic like that? And, you can
kind of do anything you want with them. They don’t really know where they are. And, the
reason for that is that’s how their mother would take them from one nest to the next.
And, so if they were fighting the mother the predators would just follow them to the next
nest. And, so it’s perfectly humane to pick your kitty cat up that way. And, especially
in an emergency or if you’re trying to control them to give them medications like that. You
really want to try and scruff them and get control over them. I’ll show you again. Because,
this kitty cat really does just about go catatonic when you pick him up by that. You pick him
up by the neck and you can just see, they’re just ready to go to their next nest. They
really don’t know where they are or what they’re doing. And, you can kind of that will help
you to control your cat if you want to trim their nails or do something like that with
them.