Discover the art of feeding GS-441524 pills to FIP-afflicted cats with precision and care. Our veterinary guide offers step-by-step instructions, stress-minimizing tips, and expert insights. Ensure your feline companion’s well-being with effective medication administration.
Method 1: Hide the GS-441524 pills in food
Giving GS-441524 pills to FIP cats can be a challenge, even for the most experienced veterinarian! The easiest way to give your cat a pill is to hide the pill in food. This usually works best if the pill is hidden in a small amount of wet cat food, tuna, or a soft treat that can be molded around the pill.
Method 2: Administer the GS-441524 pill directly into FIP cat’s mouth
- Lubricate or ‘grease’ the GS-441524 pill with a very small amount of some gravy from canned food or a piece of a soft treat so it does not stick in your FIP cat’s mouth or throat and will be easier to swallow. This is very helpful with the administration of capsules.
- Hold the GS-441524 pill between your dominant hand’s thumb and index finger.
- Gently grasp your FIP cat’s head from above with your other hand by placing your thumb on one side of the upper jaw and your fingers on the other. Tilt your FIP cat’s head back over her shoulder so that her nose points to the ceiling. Her jaw should drop open slightly. With your pilling hand, use your little finger and ring finger to open your FIP cat’s mouth further by gently putting pressure on the lower lip and front teeth.
- Quickly place the pill as far back over the tongue as possible. Try to place it on the back one-third of the tongue to stimulate an automatic swallowing reflex, then close your cat’s mouth and hold it closed while you return her head to a normal position.
- Gently rub your cat’s nose or throat or blow lightly on her nose. This should stimulate swallowing. Usually, a cat will lick its nose with its tongue if it has swallowed the pill. In some cases, it may help the cat swallow the pill better if you follow the pill with a bit of tuna juice, flavored broth, or water gently squirted into the mouth with a syringe or offer the tuna juice or flavored broth in a teaspoon or a bowl.
- Right after pilling your cat, give her some positive reinforcement (e.g., treat, brushing, petting, or playing). Be sure it is something that your cat enjoys.
Tips for Success
A. Consistency and Routine
Cats thrive on routine, so strive to administer medication at the same time each day. This consistency can ease anxiety and make the process more predictable.
B. Positive Reinforcement
Reward your cat with gentle praise and a treat after successful pill administration. Associating the experience with positivity can make subsequent administrations smoother.
Administering GS-441524 pills to FIP-afflicted cats is a labor of love that requires patience and dedication. Your commitment to your cat’s well-being is commendable. By following these steps and maintaining open communication with your veterinarian, you’re taking proactive steps toward helping your beloved feline friend.