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Prescription Medication for Cats

Common Reasons Why Your Cat May Need Prescription Medication

If one of our veterinarians 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. But fear not! We are here to explain how you can give your cat his medication successfully, without stressing out your feline friend or yourself.

Veterinarians prescribe medication to cats for various reasons. Some chronic illnesses such as hyperthyroidism or IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) will require daily medications, and may also require a special prescription cat food.

To make things easier on you and your pet, cat medications can be compounded into a flavor tablet or liquid for easier administering. Our Veterinary Technicians will train you on what to do, and will help you manage your cat’s medication schedule.

Another common reason for giving your cat medication is for infections. Whether the infection is from a wound or another reason, antibiotics are used for a specific period of time until the infection is gone and your cat is up to his old tricks again.

In some cases, pain medications are needed to keep your cat comfortable and pain-free for a period of time.

There are also long-lasting antibiotic and pain relief injectables available. Talk to one of our veterinarians about these options at your next appointment.

Other common reasons your veterinarian may need to treat your cat with medications may include:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Some forms of cancer, intestinal lymphoma
  • Kidney or liver diease
  • High blood pressure

What to know about Giving your Cat Medication

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 medications. You will have a quick window of opportunity to medicate your cat before he changes his mind.

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 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. Your veterinarian will talk to you about dosing and how to properly administer the liquid medication. 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 gels, it is important to understand the absorption rate and pay close attention to dosing.

Refilling your Cat's Medication

Most vets have a well stocked pharmacy for their patients. Some drugs that need to be compounded or flavored have to be made and then either picked up or mailed to you. For refills on medications, call your veterinarian. Your pet may need to have occasional blood tests to make sure he is on the correct dosage throughout the prescribed treatment.

What is Prescription Cat Food?

Prescription cat food is formulated for specific health issues your cat may have. These foods are formulated by Veterinary Nutritionists. Your cat my turn his nose up at first when you introduce a new food, but it’s all for the best.

Behavior Modification Medications for Cats

What should you do when your cat displays unwanted behaviors? Sometimes, cat owners don’t have a clue as to why their cat has suddenly become a “totally different animal.” Is there anything that can be done to help guide him toward a positive behavior?

There are many behavior modification medications for cats. The medication depends on what behaviors your 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 learn new, positive behaviors. Patience is key!

Talk to one of Our Veterinarians about Prescription Cat Medication Today!

If you think you may be noticing a change in your cat’s behavior, please call us to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online. 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. Call us to refill a prescription, or request a refill online.

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