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A Guide to Antibiotics For Cats

A Guide to Antibiotics For Cats

If your veterinarian prescribes antibiotics for cats of yours, you may be a little concerned as to why they need them, how effective they will be, and if there will be any worrisome side effects that you will need to be concerned about. As a general rule, antibiotics for cats are the same kinds that are used in other animals and have a low list of side effects.

Why Prescribe Antibiotics

Antibiotics are generally prescribed in an effort to prevent or to cure an infection; if your animal has recently had surgery then antibiotics may be prescribed in an effort to stave off an infection. If your cat has an infection, either internal or topical, antibiotics may be prescribed in order to help its body fight off the infection.

Antibiotics have been proven to be very effective at helping to heal a host of bacterial infections so it is important to place your trust in your vet when he says that antibiotics are the best course of treatment for your cat.

Giving Antibiotics To Cats

Several years ago there was a humorous email that was circling the internet, it detailed how to give a pill to a cat. While it can certainly prove to be difficult to give a pill to a cat, there are several easy methods that can save you the screeching and scratching that are sure to accompany trying to shove a pill down the throat of an unwilling cat.

  • Pill Pockets are treats for both cats and dogs – they contain a small pocket that you can push a pill into. The idea is for the cat to eat the treat without even knowing that they are also taking their medication. Pill Pockets can likely be found at your veterinarian’s office but you should be able to purchase them cheaper at a pet store or even via online sources.
  • Some pills can be crushed and mixed into food however be sure to mention it to your vet; certain antibiotics for cats are designed to dissolve slowly over the course of a few hours and administer a slow dosage of the medication. Crushing the medications can cause an unintentional overdose as high levels of the medication are released directly to your cat.
  • A favorite food could be the better option to disguise the antibiotics – mixing them into a bowl of chocolate pudding or another food choice that you know your cat will thoroughly enjoy can help you to administer the medication without much in the way of fussing.

Things To Remember

When your vet provides you with a course of antibiotics for cats it is important that you give your cat the complete course. Ending it too soon could cause your cat to relapse into illness; carefully follow the directions given to you by your vet. Do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call your vet’s office if you are at all concerned about the way that your cat is reacting to the antibiotics for cats.

If all efforts to get the antibiotics for cats in your home have failed then be sure to ask your vet for recommendations; they may offer an injectable instead.

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