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Published: Oct 26, 2011

Cats are prone to ear infections, and to combat this problem most veterinarians will suggest topical ear medications. As cats tend to be more independent, giving a cat ear medication can be harder than it seems, especially since the site may be painful.

According to VCA Animal Hospitals, even the most docile cat may try and bite or scratch when its owner tries to administer the medication. To combat this, VCA suggests certain tips to make the experience more relaxing for the cat and its owner.

First, owners should warm up the medication by running the bottle under warm water, testing to make sure it doesn't get too hot. Then, they should get the correct amount of liquid into the dropper to be ready to put it in right away. Next, owners should position their cat securely in their laps - using a towel or blanket to wrap it up can be helpful. Owners should then hold the tip of the cat's ear and place the remaining fingers under the cat's jaw to support its head. Gently drop the medicine into the ear canal and massage the base of the ear in a circular motion to evenly distribute the liquid. After the medication has been given, let go of the ear and let the cat shake its head. During the procedure, remember to talk calmly and praise the cat to help ease its anxiety.