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Giving Your Cat Medicine

Medicine should only be given to a cat under advice from your vet. Follow these simple pieces of advice when giving your cat pills or any other form of medication or treatment:


A young kitten being given liquid medication orally at the vets
A young kitten being given liquid medication orally at the vets

  • Wrestling a cat while trying to take pills from a packet? It’s not going to work. So, get the medicine ready before you get hold of your cat.
  • Wrap your cat in a towel, leaving only her head exposed. Otherwise she’ll probably try to run away. Get someone else to help, as you will need to minimise the cat’s wriggling when giving the medicine.
  • If giving pills or liquid medicine, use your thumb and finger to gently open your cat’s jaws, with the palm of your other hand cradling the top/back of her head. Be careful not to put your fingers into your cat’s mouth to avoid being bitten.
  • Administer the medicine. Pills should be pushed to the back of the tongue – ask your vet for a “pill pusher” to assist with this.
  • Close the cat’s mouth, lift her chin and gently stroke her throat. This will encourage her to swallow.
  • If you’re applying eye or ear drops, clean the area first with a damp cotton wool ball.
  • With ear drops, tilt the cat’s head to one side and massage the side of her head once the drops have been administered, to make sure they reach inside the ear.
  • Give her affection and a treat afterwards.

Cat Spot On Medication

This is the treatment you give to cats as a preventative for fleas, ticks and ear mites. It is simple to apply, and you will not need to restrain your cat with a towel. Just hold her gently and apply as instructed on the packaging. These treatments are usually squeezed onto bare skin between the shoulder blades or on the rump.

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