tips and tricks for liquid meds?

feralSuki

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Hello all!
My feral kitten is refusing liquid medicine for giardia- I mean spitting it out if I manage to squirt it in her mouth. I've tried hiding it in treats, putting it on wet food and having her take it from my hand, even tried putting a little on her paw so she would lick it off, but she just flicked it off. I called my vet in a panic, and they said to try again with her wet food but I am worried she will start avoiding her food all together. I am honestly so stressed about her taking her medicine, I have wasted a few doses trying different ways to get her to eat it. I also wasn't sure if this was the best forum to post this in so apologies if it isn't.
Thank you in advance!
 
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Hi! Try canned tuna or chicken in water (human food), squirt the meds in a dish and add just enough of the canned juice to it so that you can make sure she laps it all up. Then, you can give her a bite of the chicken or tuna as a treat afterward. You could also try baby food meats (no onion, garlic, etc) and mix the meds with some of that.

Both of these approaches have worked for me. When I tried to syringe feed Feeby with one particular med, it tasted so bad to her that she foamed at the mouth. Once I used the above foods, she gladly ate it with no problem.
 
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Hi! Try canned tuna or chicken in water (human food), squirt the meds in a dish and add just enough of the canned juice to it so that you can make sure she laps it all up. Then, you can give her a bite of the chicken or tuna as a treat afterward. You could also try baby food meats (no onion, garlic, etc) and mix the meds with some of that.

Both of these approaches have worked for me. When I tried to syringe feed Feeby with one particular med, it tasted so bad to her that she foamed at the mouth. Once I used the above foods, she gladly ate it with no problem.
Thank you! I am about the head to the store now! Cross your fingers for us, please!
 

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I had the same worry, there are a good amount of YouTube videos on giving cat liquid medication. You should check some out! They all say to squirt in the back of the mouth due to a bad tasting medication can cause the cat to salivate
 

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One of my girls is on lifelong liquid medication. I've found the best trick is those creamy tube cat treats. I taste tested different flavours first to find the favourites, and they work like a charm.
 

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Are you using a dropper or a syringe to give it? I use a syringe and place it on the side as far back as I can to squirt it in, using care of course, not to cause the cat to strangle on the medicine. Fenbendazole is nasty stuff!
 
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