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How to administer liquid oral medication to your cat

Giving medicine to your cat or kitten can be a challenge sometimes. But there are simple steps that you can take to make the process easier for you and your cat.

General tips for giving medication

  • Check with your veterinarian to see if it is OK to give your cat's medicine with food.
  • Medication should be administered directly in your cat's mouth.
  • Find a quiet, well-lit area where your cat can feel secure.
  • A towel or fleece can help make the procedure more comfortable for your cat.
  • Have the proper amount of medication (as prescribed by your veterinarian) drawn up and ready.
  • Positioning your cat in the crook of your arm can help keep him or her from backing away.
  • Use one hand to gently hold your cat under the chin.
  • With your other hand, gently insert the dropper or syringe between your cat’s lips by his or her cheek.
  • Squeeze the dropper or depress the plunger to administer the medicine.
  • Rewarding your cat with cat food or treats after dosing can help him or her form a positive association with the experience. Ask your veterinarian if this is appropriate for the particular medicine prescribed.

Watch this video to review a demonstration of how you can help ensure your cat receives the correct dosage of a liquid medication prescribed by your veterinarian*.

*These tips are suggestions only. Be sure to read and follow all dosing instructions for the particular product that your veterinarian has prescribed. And as always, if you have any questions about the medication, proper dosage or your cat’s health, contact your veterinarian.

Related article: What Every Cat Owner Should Know

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