When animals are sick—especially with chronic illnesses—many treatments may be given if they exhibit dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, appetite loss, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.
While a dog often tolerates several different oral medications and might devour six pills hidden in a meatball, it can be tricky to give oral medication to cats as they are much more suspicious and often will not eat anything if drugs are sprinkled on or mixed in their food. Suggestions for yummy foods where a pill can be hidden which might fool a finicky feline include Easy Cheese (canned cheese spread with a spray nozzle), peanut butter and Pill Pocket treats. Some medications can be compounded into a transdermal gel which is applied to the ear flap. Be sure you have been advised on proper ways to restrain your cat and techniques for giving pills or oral liquids if you are having difficulty.
The Sick Cat Bill of Rights
- I, the cat, may decline any or all medications or food, no matter how good for me they may be.
- I may prefer to face an early death rather than submit to uncomfortable or unpleasant medications or treatments.
- I have the right to eat any tasty food if the healthy stuff the veterinarian suggests has been offered and rejected several times.
- Sometimes the only thing I want from you is love.
—Dr. Jessica Franklin, DVM