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Adminstering ear drops to your cat in 3 simple steps

Most cats do not like anything being put into their ears, therefore, you may have to restrain your cat to avoid being scratched or bitten. All ear medication for cats are available in liquid drops or ointment form and in most cases liquid versions have to be given more often.

Step 1: Preparation


Read the instructions on your medication. It's very important to follow all the instructions given to you by your cat’s veterinarian and/or by the ear-drop manufacturer. Read the bottle itself as well as any literature included with the package for optimum results.


If discharge is present, the area should be cleansed with an ear wash solution prior to applying the medication. Remove the cap from the bottle of medication and place it on a clean surface.

Step 2: Restraint


Wrap your cat in a blanket or towel so only her head is visible, and place her hindquarters against something so she cannot back away from you, it may help to place the cat between your knees as you sit on the floor.

Step 3: Administering the ear drops


Use one hand to hold the head of your cat and the thumb of it to hold the ear flap back. Put the tip of the applicator inside the ear but be careful not to touch the cat's inner ear with the applicator. Squeeze the bottle of the applicator gently and quickly drop the prescribed number of drops into the ear.


After you give your cat the ear drops you will need to keep hold of her to allow the drops to disperse, massage her ear to help this process.  If you let go of her immediately after the application she might shake her head so that some of the medication comes out and the medication will be  less effective.



Always seek advice from your veterinarian to confirm diagnosis and ensure you are using the most appropriate treatment for your cat. Remember that incorrect use of ear cleansing solutions or ear drops can permanently damage your cat’s hearing.