Positioning Yourself and Administering Your Cat's Eye Medication
Begin by holding your cat on your lap facing away from you. Hold the medication in your dominant hand. Place your dominant hand on the top of your cat's head. Place your other hand on your cat's cheek (opposite side of your dominant hand) so that slight tension pulls the lower eyelid down and creates a small pocket. Squeeze the medication so that it falls into the pocket created by the lower eyelid. Reverse hand positions to administer medication in your cat's other eye. Always keep the hand holding the medication resting against your cat's head so that if your cat's head moves, your hand moves with it.
The benefit of this position is that the medication is never directly in front of your cat's eyes.
Alternatively, face your cat. Hold the medication in your dominant hand. Put your other hand on the opposite side of your cat's head. Place your dominant hand on your cat's cheek (opposite side of your dominant hand) so that you can apply mild tension and pull down the lower eyelid. Place the medication in the pocket formed by the lower eyelid. Keep the hand holding the medication resting against your cat's head so that if your cat's head moves, your hand moves with it.
- Your goal is to put liquids or ointments into the corner of the eye or into a pocket formed by slightly pulling down the eyelid.
- Do not aim for the center of the eye.
- Use the least restraint possible. Cats detest restraint.
- Relax your breathing; if you're calm, your cat will be calm.
- Give a fantastic treat.
Administer the medication as described above, and gently close the eyelid after to disperse the medication across the eyeball. Do not press or squeeze.
Use these instructions for guidance. We assume no liability for injury to you or your cat incurred by following these instructions.