How to Give a Cat Liquid Medicine

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8 steps for giving your cat liquid medicine

 An owner holding a cat that is wrapped in a towel so that they can give their cat liquid medicine.

Giving liquid medicine to your cat or kitten can be a challenge. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to make the process easier for both you and your cat.

Steps for Giving Your Cat Liquid Medicine

  1. Find a quiet, well-lit area where your cat can feel secure.
  2. Shake the medication bottle as directed before each use.
  3. Wrap your cat in a towel or fleece to help them feel more comfortable.
  4. Position your cat in the crook of your arm (facing away from you) to help keep them from backing away.
  5. Use one hand to gently, but firmly, hold your cat under the chin.
  6. With your other hand, gently insert the dropper or syringe into your cat’s mouth by their cheek.
  7. Squeeze the dropper or depress the plunger to administer the medicine directly into your cat’s mouth, aiming to deposit the liquid near the back of your cat’s tongue.
  8. Reward your cat with wet food or treats after dosing to help them form a positive association with the experience.

Other Tips for Giving Your Cat Liquid Medication

  • Always check with your veterinarian to see if it’s safe to give your cat’s medicine with food.
  • Have the proper amount of medication (as prescribed by your veterinarian) drawn up and ready. Most liquid medication comes with a syringe to help administer the correct amount.
  • Ask your veterinarian if this approach is appropriate for the particular medicine prescribed.

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