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 How to Give Pills to Your Cat

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Using medication in the form of pills can cause stress for your cat, as not many cats are willing to swallow pills on their own. Nevertheless, it is crucial to complete the course of treatment. If you encounter difficulties, contact your veterinarian clinic for help and assistance.

Can you give a pill with food?

Some pills have a pleasant taste, and your cat will willingly eat them. Others can be hidden in a small piece of favorite food (butter, cheese, meat, or fish) or even crushed and mixed with something tasty. This makes pill administration much easier.

NB! Some medications should not be crushed or mixed with food. Consult your veterinarian on this matter.

How to give a pill to your cat

Stay calm and gentle, handling your cat with care. If your cat is still highly stressed, consult your veterinarian to explore alternatives. Another person can assist in holding your cat during the procedure.

Another option is to gently wrap your cat in a towel or blanket to prevent scratching.

  1. Secure your cat in place, using your hands, elbows, forearms, and body.
  2. Confidently, yet gently, stabilize the cat’s head: place your thumb and index finger on both sides of the upper jaw at the corners of the mouth. This way, you can control the movement of her head without causing discomfort.
  3. Hold the pill between the thumb and index finger of your other hand.
  4. Tilt the cat’s head up so that her nose points upward.
  5. Open the cat’s mouth by placing a finger on the lower jaw incisors and gently pulling it down.
  6. Once the mouth is open, quickly and deeply push the pill, then lower the head so that the cat can swallow.
  7. It is crucial to push the pill deep into the throat to ensure the cat swallows it and doesn’t spit it out!

There are devices called “pill dispensers” that eliminate the need to put your fingers in the cat’s mouth. This method may be more acceptable for some owners.

To help the cat swallow the pill and prevent complications, you can give her a small amount of water or food with a syringe.

Always consult your veterinarian to determine the most suitable approach for you and your cat.