cat-health

Best Methods for Medicating a Cat

If you ever had to give your cat a pill you know what a nightmare it can be!  No cat wants something shoved down his throat, and they will fight you tooth and nail to prevent it. Although most cats are small in size, you’d be quite surprised with how much power they actually have.  However there are ways that you can get your cat to take his pills, and we'll discuss some of the best methods for medicating a cat.

The easiest way to give a cat pill is to crush the pill into a powdery form by putting it between two spoons.  Once the pill is powder, mix it in with some wet cat food.  Cats that are used to eating dry cat food will see the wet food and think of it as a treat.  They will normally eat it up, unaware that they just took their medicine.

If the medicine happens to be in capsule form, all you have to do is pry the capsule apart then sprinkle the medicine on some wet food and serve it to your pet.  If the food also contains the pill or if your pet is sick, chances are he won’t eat it.  In this event, you should look into a "pet piller" which is also referred to as a pill gun. 

You can get these handy "Pet Pillers" from your veterinarian.  They are plastic rods similar to a pencil, that hold the pill until you press a plunger.  When you get one, you should always get a long one with a softer tip.

When you get your pill gun, have your vet should show you how to use it properly.  The most difficult aspect of using the gun is getting your cat to open his mouth.  The gun will more or less shoot the pill in the cat’s mouth, and down his throat.  You’ll need to hold him tight, to make sure that he doesn’t wiggle his way loose.  Once you have his mouth open, you’ll need to squeeze the trigger and pull the gun away quickly.  After the pill has been inserted, make sure you give your cat a treat.

If you aren’t comfortable using the pill gun, you can always try giving your cat his pills by hand.  To do it this way, you’ll need to hold your cat still, and open his mouth with your hand.  Once you have his mouth open, you should aim for the back of his throat and throw the pill in.  Once it is in his mouth, you should close his mouth with your hand and hold it shut for a few moments.  This way, your cat will swallow the pill if he hasn’t already. 

If you can’t get any of the above techniques to work, you can always go to a local pharmacy and get them to a make flavored gel or liquid using your cats medication.  You should use this as a last resort for medicating a cat, because they charge extra for flavorings, so it can tend to get expensive if you have to give this medicine all the time.

No matter how much cats fight, there always
seem to be plenty of kittens 
~  Abraham Lincoln