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Most pet owners will probably have to administer medication to their pet sooner or later. You should always ask your Veterinarian to demonstrate the proper method for administering medication. Below are a few tips on the best way to give medication.

    Pills and Liquids
    Eye Medications
    Ear Medications

 Pills and Liquids

If you need to give your kitten pills or capsules, place them on your lap and lift their head up. Press on the corners of the mouth to pry it open and push the medication as far back on the tongue as possible. Hold your cat's mouth shut and stroke their throat with your free hand to make them swallow.

Liquid medicines can be dealt with in very much the same way but to avoid spills it is best to put the measured dose in a small bottle, or in an eye dropper. Tipping the cat's head back slightly, then trickle the liquid on to the cat's tongue and you will find that in most cases it will swallow quite readily and without struggling.

If necessary a cat can be wrapped in a blanket and held firmly.

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 Eye Medications

To apply eye medications hold the cat's head firmly, using the thumb and forefinger to open the eyelid. With the other hand, apply the ointment or eyedrops to the center of the eye, taking care not to touch the eye with the tube or dropper.

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 Ear Medications

Ear medications should be applied by holding the kitten firmly and turning the head to one side. Once the medicine is in the ear, massage gently to help spread it into the ear canal.

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