Kitten Will Not Take Her Antibiotics

by Jane

Reader Question: Antibiotics for Kitten Respiratory Infection

My 6 month old kitten has a bad respiratory virus/infection. The vet took chest X-rays -nothing seen but heard crackling in the right lung. I cannot get her to take the antibiotic -1ml of Clavinox liquid. She growls and runs under the bed. I do the best I can, but she is not getting better. Is there any other alternative ?

Veterinarian Suggestion for Treating a Kitten Respiratory Problem with a different Antibiotic


If you are unable to give your cat her oral antibiotic, a long acting injectable antibiotic called Convenia (cefovecin sodium) might be a good option. It is labeled for the treatment of skin infections in dogs and cats but can also be prescribed in an off-label manner (i.e., for other conditions like upper respiratory tract infections).

A veterinarian can give one injection of Convenia under your cat’s skin, and it will work for up to 14 days. If your cat’s condition isn’t fully resolved in 14 days, a second injection can be given. Ask your veterinarian if he or she thinks Convenia is a good option in this case.

Jennifer Coates, DVM

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