How to Give Your Cat a Pill
Giving your cat medication may not be as difficult as you think. Follow these
simple steps. The more times you do it the easier it will get.
- If possible, find someone to hold your cat's front legs and chest from
behind. This will hold the cat in place allowing you to do the rest.
Draping a blanket or towel around your cat may also help to hold your cat
- Place your hand over the top of your cat's head, thumb and index finger
near the corners of the mouth. Tilt the head back until the nose points to
- With your other hand holding the pill between your thumb and
forefinger, separate the jaws and gently press down on the lower jaw,
pushing the pill as far back on the tongue as possible.
Close your cat's mouth and lower it's head. Gently stroke your cat's throat
until you feel a swallow. If this doesn't work try rubbing it's nose; this
will force your cat to lick it's own nose which will make swallowing easier.
The more quickly you perform the above steps, the better.|
|| Film coated pills work the best. They go down easier and don't dissolve
||If you cannot get the pill down, try disguising it in a food that your cat
loves, such as tuna, crème cheese, or liver sausage. Be sure to check with your
veterinarian, as some medications should not be taken with food. |
||Do not give your cat "human" medications. Some of them such as aspirin or
acetaminophen can be harmful or even fatal to cats. |
||Always follow your veterinarian's medication instructions completely, no
matter how quickly your cat seems to be doing better. |