It can prove very difficult to give some cats a pill. They will fight
you, bite you and claw you. Giving a cat a pill can be very stressful to
both the cat and the cat owner. The last thing a sick cat needs is more
Cat scratches or bites to people have the potential to become a serious
injury. The teeth and claws of a cat carry many bacteria. Cat Scratch
a bacterial infection which causes swelling of the lymph nodes and can make
a person very sick.
Disguise the Pill in Food
Before doing battle with your cat by trying to manually thrust the pill in
down it's throat, you could try disguising the pill in food.
There are two ways to do this. You can wrap the pill in some tasty food.
A suggestion is to make
some little meatballs from raw hamburger mince and wrap the pill inside.
Make the meatball small enough so the cat doesn't have to do much chewing to
make it go down. Hand feed the disguised pill to the cat so you are sure
that it has been swallowed and not spat out somewhere. Cheese also works
well. A softer type cheese can be moulded around the pill. Cats love cheese.
Another method is to crush the pill between two spoons or mortar and
pestle. Sprinkle the powder over the cat's food (wet food of course, not dry
food.) and mix in well. This method isn't always successful because some
medication is particularly bad tasting, however, it's worth a try. Always
check with your vet as some medications might be a time release medication and are not
meant to be crushed.
Also known as a cat pill
syringe. Cat pill gun. Cat Popper. Pill Pusher.
A cat pill popper makes giving a cat a pill a
breeze and can save you injury and also save your cat from a lot of
Surprise is a useful method of
administration. Wait until your cat is snoozing on the sofa
and approach him with stealth. Have it planned out in your mind
exactly how you will go about the pill popping procedure. Then do it
as quickly as you can. My experience is that your cat will not know
what has hit him and the pill will be down his throat before he
For an alternative method watch the video
You can use the 'Stealth' method above with
or without a pill popper. Without the pill popper simply approach the
sleeping cat, quickly open it's mouth and push the pill in to the back of
it's throat with your finger and push it down.
Sometimes you will administer the pill but the cat will not
swallow. To make a cat swallow lift the cat up approximately 9 or 10
inches in the air and then drop it suddenly. This usually forces the cat to