How to Administer Oral Antibiotics to Cats

Properly administer your kitty's medicine so she stays healthy.
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Although giving oral antibiotics to your cat companion is often no picnic, it can mean the difference between a healthy, happy cat and a sick, unhappy cat. If your method is stressful and leaves you with scratches and bite marks, reassess it. Your finicky feline will be grateful.

Administering Pills or Capsules

Step 1

Wrap your kitty in a towel so she resembles a kitty burrito. Cover her front and back paws but don't cover her head.

Step 2

Put your cat on a waist-high table in a quiet room that doesn't have access to distracting outdoor views.

Step 3

Place your non-dominant hand over your cat's head so your thumb is on one side of her cheek and your remaining fingers are on the other side.

Step 4

Squeeze your kitty's cheek with your thumb and middle finger and slowly pull her head back so her mouth opens up. If she refuses to open her mouth, hold the capsule or pill between your dominant index finger and thumb while you gently pry the front of her mouth open and pull her lower jaw down with the ring finger of the same hand.

Step 5

Place the pill or capsule as far back as you can in your cat's mouth. Work quickly to avoid getting bitten. Alternatively, use a syringe-like pill gun to administer the medicine so you don't have to put your fingers in your cat's mouth. (These are available at many pet stores.) Insert this tool, which holds the pill or capsule, far back into your cat's mouth and push the plunger to release the medicine.

Step 6

Close your cat's mouth and rub her neck or blow in her nose to get her to swallow. Make sure to give her a big hug afterward for good behavior.

Administering Liquids

Step 1

Create a kitty burrito by wrapping your pet companion in a towel that covers her entire body except her head.

Step 2

Put your cat on a sturdy, waist-high table in a quiet room, away from distractions and loud noises.

Step 3

Place your non-dominant hand over your kitty's head and position your thumb on one side of her cheek and your remaining fingers on the other side. Gently squeeze her cheeks to slightly open her mouth. Avoid tilting her head back when administering liquids: you don't want them going down the wrong pipe.

Step 4

Insert the dropper or syringe to the side of your cat's mouth in the pouch between your kitty's cheek and teeth.

Step 5

Squirt the liquid quickly into the pouch, close your cat's mouth and blow in her nose or rub her throat to get her to swallow. Praise her afterward.

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