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Feline Behavioral MedicationTreatment


Why do it?

The reason to use veterinary prescribed behavior medication is to intentionally affect the animal's brain chemistry during behavior modification.

In some cases, there is a genetic or metabolic reason to continue this medication for life, although this is the exception.

Once the new habit patterns are in place (as a result of behavior modification training), then the medication is tapered and hopefully stopped.

In most cases, the primary goal is to SPEED UP the animals learning by reducing its anxiety, so it can learn without this distraction.


What to do

Unless otherwise instructed, give behavior medications in the morning. If the instructions are to give the medication twice daily, try for approximately 12 hours apart. If it indicates 3x per day, try for approximately 8 hours between doses. If this is impossible, just try to get as close as you can to this goal.


In most cases it is best to give the medication in a small amount of special food, before the regular meal. If the medicine is mixed into the regular food, it is difficult to be sure it was consumed. Here is another way to go:

 

The goal is for the pet to gulp Treat 2 in a hurry to get Treat 3 - the chaser.  Praise the pet for taking the medicine.

 

How to do it

  • Start with a hungry cat that's looking for attention and tasty food treats.

  • Give your cat a treat for free. Some pets will "check it out" carefully for the "slip" of a pill inside.

  • Let the pet SEE the 3rd treat which is the biggest and the best - the temptor treat.
     

  • Give the SECOND which contains the medication in it placing the THIRD immediately right in front of the pet's mouth.


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