how to give a cat an insulin shot

Administering an insulin injection for humans should be an easy undertaking. By simply injecting the syringe or device containing the peptide hormone into the skin, the treatment is easy and simple. However, this is not the case for animals, especially with your pet cats.

Cats have an instinct to act differently and actively when something hits or pokes them. It is the same thing with injecting them. If you haven’t known yet, cats can also be diagnosed with diabetes. These felines can have a condition where their blood sugar levels increase abnormally, just like humans.

Since the major treatment for diabetes is insulin injection, the same manner of treatment should be given to cats. Here are the safest ways you can administer insulin shots to your pet cat in an uncomplicated manner.

  1. Read the prescription label first before preparing the insulin. In preparing the treatment, make sure you are doing it according to your veterinarian’s instructions.
  2. Mix the insulin texture by means of rubbing or rolling with your hands. You can do it 2 or 3 times. Avoid shaking the insulin bottle to prevent bubbles from forming.
  3. When ready, insert the syringe’s needle into the insulin bottle. You should insert it into the top of the bottle. After the insertion, draw enough prescriptive insulin amount by turning the bottle upside down.
  4. After getting the right dosage of insulin, place the cap back on the needle or syringe. Make sure to double-check the amount of insulin contained in the syringe.
  5. For the administration of insulin injection, make sure that you have a good location to perform the shots. The best recommended bodily locations for cats are near the shoulder or hips.
  6. Let your cat eat their meal first before injecting them. This is recommended to avoid them from getting nervous and bothersome.
  7. Ease your cat’s anxiety by petting them before the shot. You can also ask someone to help you during the injection.
  8. Using your free hand, pinch your cat’s skin and make a fold. Insert the needle gently into the skin.
  9. If the needle has already entered the skin, push the syringe’s plunger to release the insulin. Do this quickly.
  10. When done, make sure to remove or pull the needle immediately.
  11. Lastly, to ensure that your pet won’t feel the pain much longer, reward your cat, either a treat or a small piece of chicken.

Since this will become a regular activity for you and your pet, make sure that your cat will not get too anxious and nervous during the treatment. In fact, insulin shots should not be difficult, whether for humans or animals.