Giving your cat a pill can be a nightmare. No cat wants something shoved down their throat, and they will fight you tooth and nail to prevent it. Although most cats are small in size, you’d be quite amazed with how much power they actually have.
Let's dive right in and look at giving your cat a pill.
Techniques for Giving Your Cat a Pill
There are ways that you can get your cat to take their pills, which we will cover below.
Easiest Way for Giving Your Cat a Pill
The easiest way for giving your cat a pill is to crush the pill into a powdery form by putting it between two spoons. Once the pill is a 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 they won’t eat it.
In this event, you should look into a pet piller for giving your cat a pill. You can get these handy devices at our online store. They are plastic rods that hold the pill until you press a plunger. When you get one, you should always get a long one with a soft tip.
When you get your gun, your vet should show you how to use it. The most difficult aspect of using the gun is getting your cat to open their mouth. The gun will more or less shoot the pill in the cat’s mouth, and down their throat.
You’ll need to hold them tight, to make sure that they don’t wiggle their way free. Once you have their 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.
Giving Your Cat a Pill By Hand
If you aren’t comfortable using the gun, you can always try giving your cat a pill by hand. To do it this way, you’ll need to hold your cat still, and open their mouth with your hand.
Once you have their mouth open, you should aim for the back of their throat and throw the pill in. Once it is in their mouth, you should close their mouth with your hand and hold it shut for a few moments.
This way, your cat will swallow the pill if they haven't already.
If you can’t get any of the above techniques for giving your cat a pill 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 though, as it can tend to get expensive.
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