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Administrating eye drops to your cat

It's worth the inconvenience
It's worth the inconvenience
Karla Kirby

Numerous eye diseases, infections or injuries will necessitate treatment by the administration of cat eye drops. Some felines will resist this treatment, particularly if the eye is in significant pain. There are some methods which make this procedure much easier to complete, and with a wee bit of patience you should find your cat's eye infection healing.

It may be necessary for you to use gentle retrain you cat for the triumphant administration of cat eye drops. This must be done soothingly, and in a loving way, to pass up injury to the cat. If it will be essential to give eye drops on a continued basis, it will also help to speak in a tender way while the cat is being held, assuaging as much fear as possible. If you have a helper, it would be wise to have that person hold the cat, facing you, by the chest and front legs... If another set of hands is not accessible, you could wrap the cat in a soft blanket, or set the cat on a slippery surface such as a dryer or countertop, while trying to keep your body as close as achievable. This thwarts the cat from running away and hiding.

Make it a point to have all the resources you'll need readily accessible, as you'll want this to be as rapid a process as possible--your cat will be grateful for that as well. Read the instructions ahead of time and have the medication ready. Have a favorite cat toy or treat for when the experience is effectively completed.

When you are prepared, with kitty in place, grasp under and around the cat's chin with your free hand. Hold the head securely, but not vigorously, and tenderly face the cat's head at an upward angle, so the feline is looking toward the ceiling. Try to hold the affected eye to some extent open with the index finger that's grasping the chin. Bring the cat eye drops around the side, or over the top of the head. The object is to keep the cat from seeing this coming, and to put off any feral reactions. Relax the hand with the eye drops on top of the feline’s head and keep the tip of the bottle at the very least one inch from the cat's eye, to avoid injury. Squeeze the requisite dose into the eye, making certain not to touch the eye with the dropper, and gently hold the cat's head in place long enough for the medication to dissolve over the eye.

Before letting kitty run free, remember to softly talk and offer congratulates. Offer a special treat, or some catnip, as an exchange for the collaboration. If your cat realizes that treats come after this ordeal, it may decrease the stress when the next medication time comes around.