How to Give Cats Liquid Medicine: 8-Step Vet Guide

There are many reasons why a veterinarian may prescribe liquid medication for your cat. Some cats may have difficulty swallowing pills or capsules or may require a smaller dosage than what is available in tablet form. 

Some medications are only available in liquid form. 

So, how to give cats liquid medicine? 

Vets usually show cat owners exactly how to do it. They make it seem easy and fast. But when the time comes for at-home medication time, things are no longer so easy. 

I m  more than happy to help you out.
Let’s start. 

The Two Types of Liquid medicine administration 

Your wet will either suggest:
1. Mixing medicine with food (the exact dosage and method are included in the instructions but it is a straightforward process. You only need to make sure the cat ingested the right amount. 

2. Administering medicine with a cat feeding syringe is a bit more tricky so you can follow our step-by-step guide below. 

How to Give Cats Liquid Medicine: step by step

The easiest method is to mix the medication with food, however, if medication has to be inserted directly via syringe or dropper you will need some guidance on how to do it safely.

vet shows how to give liquid medication to the cat

1. Read the Prescription Instructions

Make sure you know the correct dosage, frequency of administration, and any special instructions or precautions that your cat may require.

2. Gather Necessary Supplies

Prepare the medication, a syringe or medicine dropper, and a small bowl or dish.

3. Draw the Correct Dosage

Use the syringe or medicine dropper to measure out the prescribed amount of liquid medication. 

Make sure to double-check the dosage and avoid pulling back on the plunger too hard, as this can cause air bubbles in the medication.

4. Calm Your Cat Before Administration

Cats can often be wary of unfamiliar objects, so it’s important to help them feel as calm and relaxed as possible before administering medication. 

Consider placing your cat in a quiet room with minimal distractions and offering a few treats or toys to help distract them. Let them sniff the syringe and if they want, let them touch it. 

Touch their mouth with a syringe and see how they respond. The best is to act like its a toy. 

5. Position Your Cat

Begin by positioning your cat in a comfortable and secure position. This may involve gently wrapping your cat in a towel or blanket to help restrict its movement. 

Your cat should be sitting or standing upright, with their head held still and their mouth closed.

6. Hold Your Cat’s Head

Gently hold your cat’s head with one hand. Use your fingers to hold their mouth open, and use your other hand to hold the syringe or medicine dropper.

7. Administer the Medicine

Insert the syringe or medicine dropper into the side of your cat’s mouth, angling it towards the back of its throat to avoid the tongue. 

Slowly and gently push the plunger down to slowly administer the medication. Give your cat a few moments to swallow before releasing its head.

You may notice your cat spit some medication out. If so, do not add more meditation. Do not insert medication again.

In case your cat hasn’t swallowed any medication, then you can try again with the same dosage. 

the vet shows how to Give Cats Liquid Medicine

8. Reward Your Cat

Offer them a small treat or a few strokes of affection to help them associate the experience with something positive.

Risks of Incorrect Medicine Administration

Administering medication incorrectly can lead to overdosing, underdosing, improper dilution, and missed doses. 

This can cause complications in your cat’s treatment, as well as adverse side effects or even toxicity. 

If you can’t follow your veterinarian’s instructions for administering medication for any reason, talk to them and try to find an alternative. 

  1. Giving your cat the wrong dosage. This can occur if you misread the instructions or use the wrong measuring tool.  Use the measuring tool provided with the medication, as household spoons or cups may not provide an accurate measurement.
  2. Improper dilution. Some medications may need to be mixed with water or food before administration. If the medication is not properly diluted, it can cause irritation to your cat’s mouth and throat, making it difficult for them to swallow or causing them to refuse the medication altogether.
  3. Missed doses can also be a problem. If you forget to give your cat its medication at the prescribed time, it can affect the effectiveness of the medication and delay its recovery. Set reminders or establish a routine to ensure that your cat receives their medication on time.

Techniques for cats that refuse medication

easy way to trick your cat to take liquid medicine

I don’t like the expression “difficult cat” but I understand frustrated owners.
Frustration often comes from the pressure of knowing that your cat needs medication, and a sense of incapability to help them. 

But, you are not the only owner with this problem, it is actually a very common problem. 

Let’s look into techniques for cats that refuse medication. 

  1. I mentioned earlier that the cat should smell the syringe and touch it. You can let the cat play with it and stops being scared. 
  2. Rewards prior to administering the medication and after can go a long way. Try offering their favorite treats. 
  3. Medication should ideally be administered by the person your cat loves the most. There is already established trust. 
  4. Wrapping a cat can also help, just make sure you are not scaring it more. Avoid the neck area to avoid the fear of suffocation. 
  5. Talk to your can with a soothing and calm voice to help it relax. 
  6. If none of these work, please take your cat to the vet for medicine administration.