If you've successfully pilled a cat, giving liquid medicine is a breeze, with this tutorial.
Time Required: 5 minutes
- Shake the bottle well and draw the prescribed dosage into the dropper.
- Hold the cat securely in your left (non-dominant) arm, while gently grasping the sides of his cheeks with your left thumb and forefinger.
- Tilt his head back until his mouth drops open slightly.
- While holding his head securely in this position, using your right hand, place the tip of the dropper into the side of the cat's mouth and squeeze about half the liquid onto his tongue.
- When his smacking and swallowing stops, repeat step 4 until he has gotten the entire dosage.
- Give his muzzle a little wipe-down with a damp paper towel to clean away any spilled sticky stuff.
- Rinse the dropper well with clear water and store the medicine in the refrigerator, or as the label directs.
- Do not try to shoot the whole dose at once into the back of the cat's throat, as this may cause choking or vomiting.
- If necessary, you can hold the cat's mouth closed with his head tipped back to encourage swallowing.
- Do not discontinue medication because the cat appears to be getting better. Antibiotics should be given for their full course, unless discontinued by your veterinarian.
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