How to Give Subcutaneous Injections to your Cat at Home

how to give subcutaneous injections at home

Administering subcutaneous injections to your cat at home might seem daunting at first, but with the right guidance, you can become proficient and confident. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the entire process, ensuring you can safely and effectively give your cat the necessary medications or fluids. Whether you’re dealing with chronic conditions or temporary treatments, understanding how to perform these injections can significantly benefit your cat’s health and well-being.

Materials Needed

  • Medication or fluid to be injected
  • Syringe and needle (prescribed by your veterinarian)
  • Treats (to reward your cat)
  • A calm environment


  1. Wash Your Hands: Ensure your hands are clean to prevent infection.
  2. Assemble Supplies: Gather all necessary materials in a clean, accessible area.
  3. Prepare the Injection: Draw the prescribed amount of medication or fluid into the syringe. Ensure there are no air bubbles by tapping the syringe and expelling any air.

Administering the Injection

  1. Create a Calm Environment: Find a quiet, comfortable place for your cat. Some cats may be more relaxed on a favorite blanket or bed.
  2. Position Your Cat: Place your cat on a flat surface. If your cat is resistant, you may need someone to gently hold them.
  3. Locate the Injection Site: The best area for subcutaneous injections is the loose skin between your cat’s shoulder blades.
  4. Lift the Skin: Gently pinch a fold of skin between your thumb and forefinger to create a tent.
  5. Insert the Needle: Hold the syringe like a pencil and insert the needle into the base of the skin tent at a 45-degree angle. Be quick but gentle.
  6. Administer the Medication: Push the plunger slowly to inject the medication or fluid.
  7. Remove the Needle: Carefully remove the needle and immediately cap it.

Needle Disposal:

Use a container (glass jar, plastic water jug) or a puncture-proof container to dispose of the needle and syringe. Bring your used needles into to Cats Only Vet Clinic for proper disposal. Learn more about proper needle disposal here.

  • How often do I give my cat subcutaneous injections? Follow your veterinarian’s instructions. Some treatments require daily injections, while others might be weekly or as needed.
  • What if I hit a blood vessel? If you see blood in the syringe, withdraw the needle and try a different spot. Contact your veterinarian if you’re unsure.
  • Can I use the same needle more than once? No, always use a new, sterile needle for each injection to prevent infection and ensure the needle is sharp.
  • My cat is very anxious. Any tips? Try to make the process as calm and positive as possible. Use treats, soothing words, and a favorite blanket. You can also ask your vet about anxiety-reducing techniques or medications.
  • What should I do if my cat reacts badly to the injection? Monitor for signs of allergic reactions such as swelling, redness, or discomfort. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you notice any adverse reactions.
  • Is it normal for a lump to form at the injection site? A small lump can be normal and usually resolves on its own. If it persists for more than a few days or seems painful, consult your veterinarian.

Start the Healing Process Today!

Giving subcutaneous injections to your cat at home is a valuable skill that can greatly improve their at home health care. With time, both you and your cat will become more comfortable with the process, ensuring that your feline friend receives the care they need. If you have any concerns about your cats health, schedule your consultation today. Our certified veterinarians will evaluate your cats any issues to determine the right solution for your furry companion. If you’ve already consulted with your vet you can purchase the needles here!