What are some common flavors added to compounded medicines for cats?FamilyPet
Tuna, ocean fish, salmon, kidney, beef, chicken and cat grass are some of the flavors your cat would probably be very attracted to in a compounded medicine. They tend to favor protein, fat and even some amino acid tastes! It’s even better if it has a unique shape or texture.
Some other flavors your cat may like—but you’ll need to experiment—are apple, blueberry or strawberry; banana; carrots; cantaloupe (some cats really love it and go wild for the taste; others aren’t that enthusiastic.).
The thing that important to remember that cats are very selective when it comes to flavors, unlike dogs who will gobble up just about anything—and the cat that refuses to take medicine because of the taste is a prime candidate for medicine compounding.
Specifically, cats are strict carnivores so don’t really have a sweet tooth. While they aren’t attracted to sweet carbohydrates, they aren’t repelled by it either. They do, however, absolutely detest bitter and sour flavors and that’s just another strong argument for the benefits of compounding, because then you won’t have a chance of her taking it unless you have it compounded.
As another example, cats don’t like pills, but they do like tuna. Many don’t appreciate a traditional solution of medication being squirted into their mouth, but they’ll take it gladly when it’s flavored with meat or part of a tasty biscuit or treat…and so on.
Veterinary compounding has become a necessary and beneficial component of veterinary practice and one that enables veterinarians and pharmacists to create medications in appealing flavors for animals.
Anyone who has been bitten or scratched while trying to administer medication to a sick pet can attest to the fact that it can be one of the most challenging aspects of pet ownership. As any pet owner is well aware, animals can be extremely difficult to treat with medications. Cats are notorious for refusing to swallow pills, and usually will eat right around the pill when it’s disguised in food.