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Applying topical medications on your feline

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Topical medications for cats can be used for everyday treatments, such as tick and flea control, or for particular cases as ointments where wounds are present. Many topical medications come with an applicator; others require a cotton swab for application. When applying a topical medication on a feline, do so in an area on his/her body where kitty cannot lick it off... The best possible place for topical medication application is on the back of the neck.

For flea and tick treatment:

To apply topical medications, you will need a cotton swab or applicator, and the medication. An Elizabethan collar is recommended, but not required.

Hold your cat decisively. Kitty may be standing, sitting or lying, so long as kitty is still.

Part the fur on the back of your feline’s neck so the skin is exposed in a line.

Place the applicator straight onto the skin, and squeeze until all the medication is used... Avoid getting the medication on your cat’s fur.

For wound treatment:

Squeeze a daub of medication onto a cotton swab.

Hold your cat resolutely making sure he/she is still. This might be easier said than done where a wound is there, because she/he will be sensitive to it. Quick application is the key.

Separate the fur around the wound and apply the medication directly to the wound.

Place the Elizabethan collar around the feline’s neck, if the wound is in an area where she/he will lick it.

At all times pursue the manufacturer's directions for applying medications. Be sure to converse with your veterinarian concerning how often to reapply medication to wounds.

If your feline has an infected wound, oral antibiotic treatment might be essential as well.

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