10 Tips for Managing Your Senior Cat’s Medications
- Heart disease
- Digestive issues
- Hyperthyroidism (an underproduction of thyroid hormone)
- Kidney failure
Fortunately, many of these maladies can be successfully managed with long term, if not lifelong, medication. Here are ten tips to ensure that, as a conscientious caregiver, you are doing the best job possible with your cat’s medications:
When a new medication is prescribed for your senior kitty, talk with your veterinarian to gather answers to the following questions:
- What is the medication supposed to do?
- What signs of improvement should I be looking for?
- Is this medication compatible with other drugs and supplements my cat is receiving, and can they all be given at the same time?
- What are the potential side effects and what should I do if I observe them?
- Does the timing of administration need to be exact?
- Do I need to take special precautions when handling the medication?
- What happens if a dosage is accidentally skipped?
- Should I give the medication if my cat is having an “off day”— lethargic or not eating well?
- How long should the medication be administered? (Just because the pill vial is empty, doesn’t necessarily mean that your veterinarian wants it discontinued.)