March 2009 Issue

Medicating Your Cat

Part of the challenge is to steel your own nerves, think positively and just get it done. Here's some help.

For many pet owners, the realization that a cat will require medicating — even for just a few days — is enough to cause serious apprehension. Though some felines are extraordinarily good when it comes taking their medicine, others are not. Cats can be notoriously difficult to capture, restrain and medicate; however, with the following expert tips, medicating a cat can be much less stressful — for both cat and owner. "One of the biggest stumbling blocks for cat owners is the mindset with which they approach medicating their cats," explains Jodi Korich, DVM, the director of Partners in Animal Health at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. If you are nervous about medicating your cat or perhaps you’re feeling incredibly worried because your kitty is ill, your cat will pick up on this. "You have to approach medicating your cat with the mindset that you are doing this for the cat’s own good, working calmly, quickly and not obsessing over the process," recommends Dr. Korich. A positive, confident approach may make your cat feel more secure.

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