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Your cat may get sick occasionally and may come home from visiting the Springlands Veterinary Centre with some medication to administer. Learning a technique will make the process easier for you and your cat. Remember to always read the label instructions carefully for the proper dosage and if instructed, shake the contents of the bottle. Below are some helpful tips on how to administer medication to your cat.
- Place the medication between the thumb and index finger of one hand
- Hold the top of your cats head and grasp the cheek bones with the thumb and index finger of your other hand
- Tilt the head back until your cats eyes are facing upward (usually your pets jaw will drop open on its own. If not, apply a little pressure on the lower jaw with your middle finger
- If giving a tablet or a capsule, place it as far back on the tongue as possible
- With liquid medication gently squirt it into one side of your cats cheek
- Close your cats mouth
- Gently stroke their throat or gently syringe some water into the mouth to encourage swallowing
Should you wish, you can use a pilling device to avoid placing your fingers into your cats mouth. Is is a plastic tube resembling a syringe and can be purchased from Springlands Vet Centre for $5.50. It is a very helpful device and is highly recommended here.