Storing and Administering Your Cat’s Medications

Is your cat on a regimen of medications to treat an ailment or disease? Perhaps she’s simply taking a flea or tick preventative. Whatever the case, use your San Jose veterinarian’s tips for handling and administering the medications safely.

Storage

Oftentimes, pet owners don’t consider the necessary safety precautions when simply storing animal medications. First of all, make sure they’re put in closed cabinets where the pet taking them, other pets in the house, or other family members can’t get to them. Make yourself aware of the expiration dates of certain medications, so you’re not administering out-of-date medicine. Also be sure to always keep pet medicine and human medicine separate—mixing the two up could lead to disaster!

Administration Procedure

Remember: you can’t always give medications to your cat however you’d like. Some pill medicines can’t be crushed up—it could make the dose too intense all at once, or not work at all. Topical medicines should be applied to the proper part of the body, as they may be rendered completely ineffective if placed elsewhere. Ask your veterinarian about the proper way to give the medicine to your cat before you leave the office.

Read the Directions

It sounds simple, but it’s worth saying again and again: read the directions on your cat’s medications. The proper dosage amounts and administration procedures are key. If the directions say you should use a syringe to measure out medication, don’t use a teaspoon. If the directions tell you to administer the medicine once a day, don’t miss a day and then double up the next. Doubling up medication doses can be incredibly dangerous, so call your vet instead to ask what to do.

Keep an Eye on Your Cat

While your cat is on the medication regimen, keep an eye on her behavior and physical health. Sometimes, even normally benign medications like flea preventatives can cause adverse health reactions in cats, so quick veterinary action may be necessary. Keep your San Jose veterinarian’s phone number close at hand to call in the event of a problem.