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Q: What's the best way to give a cat a pill??

March 12, 2008 | By Auntie Carole S. | 6 answers | Expired: 2350 days ago

I have one cat who I can do anything with and he'll let me put the pill in his mouth and message his throat to make it go down easy, but my other cat begins to hiss and wriggle and scratch at me the minute I even approach her mouth with medication. What's a cat's Momma to do when her baby needs medicine??

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Cassie3
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Mar 18, 2008

Do you have someone who can help you? There are "plunger" type tools (you can buy them at pet stores) where you put the pill in one end, pop the tool in the mouth and plunge it in! If you have someone to help you, don't approach the cat with ANY med showing. Grab the scruff of the neck (this is how the mother cats carry the kittens--it's perfectly safe). While one person holds the cat, the other can open up its jaws and PLUNGE THAT PILL INSIDE very quickly. Close the cat's mouth and stroke the neck; the pill will go down. GOOD LUCK!

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Mar 13, 2008

Depending on the cat, I mix canned and dry food and put the pill in. They usually it eat without noticing.
I have one that never falls for the pill in food or treats. So I just crush the pill, put it in a syringe, add a little water and squirt it down his throat. Check with your vet before trying this, some pills shouldn't be crushed.

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kitty v.
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Mar 12, 2008

i use weiners.. if you put the pill in a little piece of a weiner..or butter.. or banana.. or anything yummy, really, they take it no problem.. or you can use the cat football method.. where you hold the cat upside down under your arm so just his/her head is exposed, pry his/her mouth open with your fingers and drop the pill all the way to the back of his/her throat, and hold his/her mouth closed (my mom also likes to put a finger over their nose, so they have to take the pill, or die, basically.. I don't go that far with it, tho.. lol) and rub and rub and rub their throat, but you have to remember that they can't swallow if you are holding their head all the way back.. so you have to let them relax a little bit

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Michele Z.
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Mar 12, 2008

The cat probably won't like this (or taking the pill!), but try wrapping him/her in a large towel or small blanket so that only his/her head is exposed and s/he can't move. You can try chasing the cat for hours or you can pick up the cat first and then retrieve a hidden towel/blanket. Cradle the cat in one arm (upside down like a baby) and use the other hand to open the cat's mouth and insert the pill near the back of the throat. Like you mentioned, you are also supposed to gently rub the cat's neck so that it will swallow.

You obviously have access to the internet--Google something like "Cat Care Admininstering Pills" and you should be able to acquire some better instructions (and other ideas) with photos showing the steps. It isn't easy and you have to watch the cat afterwards since many throw up the pill. I find it is easier to GIVE the advice than try it; I don't have much success giving my cats pills! Good luck.

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Emo
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Emo

Mar 12, 2008

we got a thing called a "pill popper" from our vet. you put the pill in the end, put it in the cat mouth and push down on the plunger, it basically shoots the pill into the cats throat. worked great. (although the applesauce sounds nicer).

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David O.
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Mar 12, 2008

Two things worked great when my cat Sniper wouldn't want to take his meds.
First, try some applesauce. If you can grind the pill up, mix it in with some applesauce and the cat will lap it all up.
If that doesn't work, if there's a particular treat your cat enjoys, you can smush the pill inside the treat (as long as the treat is a soft treat) and the cat shouldn't notice that you snuck the pill in :)
(Sniper always fell for the applesauce trick!)

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