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I'm having trouble giving my cat liquid meds with a syringe

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Somebody said it was fine to put the liquid on the fur around the cat's mouth and she will lick it off. I don't think that's ok. Our vet tried to mix with the medicine with canned food.

I just want to know if putting the medicine on the fur around her mouth, and she licks it, is good ennough?

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No, as she would not take the complete dose that way, as she would only be able to lick a little amount.

What I did with my puppies was to make them open their mouths, and pour the medicine quickly with the spoon. You could trick her to open her mouth by showing her some of her favorite food, or open it yourself by using just some quick force of your hands.

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No, putting the medicine around her mouth is not enough for most cats.

My elderly cat takes his mixed with his food. He dislikes the taste, but we give him a small amount of food with the medicine in it first thing in the morning, when he is quite hungry. After he has eaten that, he gets the rest of his breakfast without any medicine. He has learned to eat it quickly.


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I'm having trouble giving my cat liquid meds with a syringe

up vote 14 down vote

Somebody said it was fine to put the liquid on the fur around the cat's mouth and she will lick it off. I don't think that's ok. Our vet tried to mix with the medicine with canned food.

I just want to know if putting the medicine on the fur around her mouth, and she licks it, is good ennough?


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No, as she would not take the complete dose that way, as she would only be able to lick a little amount.

What I did with my puppies was to make them open their mouths, and pour the medicine quickly with the spoon. You could trick her to open her mouth by showing her some of her favorite food, or open it yourself by using just some quick force of your hands.

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I think forcing the mouth open is the best method in regards to the pet actually swallowing the meds and the right amount. There are Youtube videos that instruct you on how to do it correctly without causing pain to the animal. [youtu.be/qT5KSmbeho8] - Elmy Mar 7 '19 at 8:43

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