How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Terri Your Own Question
Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 31945
Experience:  Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
Type Your Cat Question Here...
Terri is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

is it ok to give a sick cat human liquid antibiotics

Resolved Question:

is it ok to give a sick cat human liquid antibiotics?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 6 years ago.

Hi there,


What is wrong with her?





Customer: replied 6 years ago.
she has an upper respitory infection. The medicine seems to be helping her a little, but Im giving her a very small dose daily.
Expert:  Terri replied 6 years ago.

Dear friend,


I am so sorry your baby is not feeling well.

She most likely has an URI:

Yes cats can take amoxi @ 5 mg per lb every 12 hours.however, they dont cure anything viral:

All cats carry upper respiratory virus on their own fur. Cats that live together become immune to the carried strain but as soon as the bacterium is exposed to another cat it will infect them. If this baby was exposed to other cats she likely contracted it from them or stress.

Feed her very odorous food so she can smell it and will keep eating. If she gets dehydrated, give her a few droppers of unflavored pedialyte througout the day to hydrate her and balance her electrolytes.

She can have an OTC called clortrimeton - a quarter tablet every 12 hours if she is congested.

You can also take her in a steamy bathroom where you have run a hot shower to break it up.For the eyes get Terramycin ointment. some pet supplies have it but call first or order from

Apply a damp teabag today for 30 seconds 3 times.

If she develops any colored mucus that means the infection has turned bacterial and will respond to an antibiotic.Some vets script one even if it is viral to prevent secondary infections like pneumonia.

Please let me know how she is feeling. If you get worried I will always be here to help further.

I hope she feels better very soon.

Very sincerely,


Terri and 3 other Cat Specialists are ready to help you

Related Cat Questions