How to Give a Cat a Pill

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Unless your vet recommends it, never crush or grind pills to put in food or water. Crushed medication can taste bitter, so your cat won't get the full dosage.

To give ear drops, restrain the cat as if you're giving a pill. Standing behind the cat, gently roll back one ear at a time. Place the drops in the, and then fold and rub the ear to ensure the medication gets absorbed. Never use a Q-tip on a cat's ear, since it can push debris into the ear canal.

No matter how you medicate your cat, always offer praise, pets and a treat when the deed is done. This will help your cat associate something fun with an activity it would rather avoid.

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