Cat Care – Giving Liquid Medication

hi I'm dr. candy Olsen at Greenbrier Animal Hospital we're shooting a video on tips for how to take care of your cat at home the suction is on how to give oral medication to your cat in a liquid form and some options if you're having troubles with your regular pills there are a couple of things here that that help first of all most cats won't take medicine mixed into their food unless it's particularly yummy or a particular medication so if you are having troubles giving your cat medication talk to your veterinarian they can usually have the compounding pharmacy make it into a liquid that tastes good like a tuna flavored liquid or even a chewable treat just another option for you there are a couple of things here for the liquid this is a standard medication with a dropper this is oftentimes a little bit more comfortable for people to it to measure but it's a little tough to get an exact measurement and we're going to show you with little mailee here how to to use the dropper and how to give her the medication this is a little easier I find to use because it's got exact measurements on it and all you do with this is just pull it into the bottle the dose from a li is half a CC right up to that 0.5 and you didn't waste any and you've got your liquid right here to give her so we're actually going to give her this one first the most important thing when you're giving liquid to a cat is you don't want to put the syringe or the dropper right in front they don't like that they have teeth right there it's uncomfortable it's like somebody's sticking something right into your teeth what you want to do instead is put it at the side of her mouth right where the whiskers end you can see she's got a nice little landmark there the whiskers end right there if you put something right there there's a little gap in the teeth she's not going to mind it and there's two ways to do this you can literally just put it in there's a little gap right there and just squirt it in oh good girl that was excellent mainly now this particular medicine is flavored for cats so you know it's just like oh okay that wasn't so bad you have to give something nasty tasting a lot of cats will salivate drool and almost like they you know they got poisoned or something it's just because it's nasty tasting with the dropper what you want to do is mix it up now we're giving you the same amount a half an ml it looks like more in the dropper because that's a half an ml there you do the same thing with the dropper but it's a little harder to get it in quickly I know hon yes so we're just going to do this on the other side you can see their whiskers so we're going to go right behind the whiskers same kind of thing we're just going to squeeze it in there but you can see and now I'm looking at oh gosh there were a couple of drops left there so the disadvantage of the dropper is sometimes you have to do it twice also if you're not holding it upright you won't get it all out so sometimes you waste it that's why we prefer the syringes because you know exactly how much you've got yes I know you were very good this medicine is also flavored for cats but notice she didn't seem to like it as much either now that honestly may have been because she had to have two medicines a lot of cats if they have to have two medicines will do better if you can combine them in one syringe if they're both liquids rather than give them two separate doses it's the number of times rather than the amount of medicine that's the the big deal for kitties so those are some tips on how to give liquid medication for your cat next we're going to be going over how to do eye drops and eye medication to watch the other segments in this video series or for how-to videos on almost any other topic visit monkey see calm


  1. Need to show a cat not sedated and drugged up. Reminds me of some of my old pot smoking friends. Not at all like my high strung cat! The last vet that I took her to for her nail clipping have me some pills to give her a half hour before I brought her the next time. I asked them who's coming to my house to give it to the cat! Mine is a loving cat but you don't mess with her. I've had her since a baby. Abandoned and I fed her for a week with an I dropper before getting her started on soft food. Hmmmm. I like my hands and fingers!

  2. Lmao that cat is rare and very calm . Mine won't even be sitting there that long not even close it would have ran off as soon as it saw the syringe …..try a difficult cat.

  3. Excellent video! Much better than the rest with extra info explaining why my cat looks like he has rabies every time I give him prednisone! Lol thank you!!

  4. We have to give our cat .5 ml. of cisapride in a syringe, 3x/day; and although he'll take it in his food, I had a question about how to measure it. When we draw it up, it always manages to get a small air bubble between the plunger and the back edge of the medication. But the very front part of the syringe holds approx. .1 ml. or so of the liquid, which does not seem to be accounted for by the measurement markings on the syringe barrel; and most of the time that medication gets left in the tip of the syringe after we've finished dispensing all the liquid we can get out of it.
    So, do we bring the plunger to the .5 ml. mark, or the medication itself (i.e., accounting for the air bubble)?
    It's a rather expensive medication (not as much as some, but still), as we can only get it mail-order from a special "compounding" pet pharmacy; and we don't want to waste any. Also we want to make sure our cat is receiving the appropriate dose. Thank you.

  5. Great tips. They ought to show how to give it to a difficult cat, too. Mine would have been howling and flailing at the beginning of the first dose. And she's not keen on being touched so after about 3 strokes she woulda been all "let me outta here!"

  6. My kitten has a URI and I have to give her oral medication. She wouldn't let me do it for the life of me. Watched this video once, applied the technique and it worked perfectly. Peace and Blessings to you Dr. Candy Olson!

  7. Wording may have been off there, i meant a cat thats less helpful when taking the meds, not a less helpful vid! lol I just want to know how to handle a cat who is fighting back tooth and nail when you try to give them the meds. I know they taste awful, but i found when I mixed his meds with tuna juice more seems to seep out of his mouth instead of being swallowed, and i am sure to give it to him in the right spot and low amounts to prevent choking and encourage him to swallow but he is a fighter

  8. I would also like to see a video that involves a cat that is having trouble taking the medicine, my cat teddy bear is very sick and ive even had to syringe feed him to get him to eat, he is doing much better but he refuses to eat or drink on his own and hes still a baby, but rather than risk losing organ function im making sure he eats. The food is enough of a fight on its own, the NASTY medication he is taking is a whole nother story. If anyone can direct me to a less helpful cat vid plz do

  9. this was useless. She says that cats will basically spit out bad tasting medicine (like mine does) but offers no help for such a situation. Also, that complacent-ass cat is a terrible example.

  10. My 4 months old kitten is a big struggle for me, especially when I am giving the medicine alone without my husband, he kicks and scratches me especially if he sees me carrying the oral syringe for his liquid antibiotic. how can I give him his medicine without struggling? How do you do that alone though? it seems so hard.

  11. awesome… giving a .5 cc to a small calm kitten. now show giving 1.8 cc to a 10 lb cat that's pised this has already been going on two weeks! (and 2x a day)

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