How to give a cat a pill

Giving a cat a pill can be a total pain in the rear. Cats hate doing anything they don't want to do - and swallowing random stuff you try to force-feed them falls into that category. They will often fight against it - even friendly cats will try to wriggle away and will refuse to eat the pill. There are a couple of tactics you can use to make giving your cat a pill easier.


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The easiest way to do it is to trick them into thinking it's a treat. One cheap way I've found is to go get those cheese cubes they have at the store. Stick the pill in a cube or in half a cube - if the cat likes cheese, it will usually gobble the pill up along with it. You can also try just rubbing the cheese on the pill so that it smells and tastes like cheese. Then the cat thinks it's eating a treat and everyone's happy.

Another answer to how to avoid problems is to use "Pill Pockets." This is a neat product that works along the same lines - it's a cat treat with a hole in it so you can hide the pill inside. They're about $5, and you can get them here online.

Finally, there's the hard way. Sit on your knees on the floor with the cat and make a V shape with your legs. Put the cat between your thighs, so it has nowhere to back away to. It should be facing outward. Pet it some and try to keep it calm. Then gently hold the head of the cat with one hand and title it upward - you're trying to get it vertical. Gently use a finger to open the cat's mouth (you kind of slowly poke in at the back). Don't be too rough doing any of this - it will make the cat fight you and make it impossible to do. When you get the head vertical and the mouth open, drop the pill in and poke it gently. You may have to do this several times to get it to work, and it is MUCH easier with two people. Honestly though, the treat route is an infinitely easier way to give your cat a pill.  

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