Anyone have a cat that “LIKES” to take their medication? Yeah, I know, cats love taking pills about as much as they like taking bubble baths. I cannot tell you how often we have someone ask if we have any tricks for getting a kitty to take their medication. Between experience and some research we have a few tips for you!
Pill Pockets – these are treats with a built-in pouch to easily hide pills! That’s right, your kitty probably won’t even realize they are taking their meds! So instead of making pill time a stressful occurrence, it can be a treat time for your kitty.
Canned Food “Meatballs” – canned food can be a great treat for a kitty and can disguise a pill much in the same way a pill pocket does. Making up a tiny “meatball” and give the kitty one or two undoctored meatball treats, followed by one with the pill and then one more un-doctored. This method works since the cat will continue to take the treats even if there is a small taste of the medicine.
*These methods only work if the medication can be taken with food, so be sure to check with your veterinarian before using these methods.
Pet Supply stores often have in stock pill shooters. They are somewhat like a syringe. At the end of the syringe is a soft, rubber, pill holder, which will allow you to gently press the plunger of the syringe. It then shoots the pill into the animals mouth.
Keep calm! Kitties are sensitive to nervousness. Never try to medicate a cat that is excited or nervous.
To Insert The Pill – 1) Apply gentle pressure in the space between the teeth to open the mouth. OR place your thumb and middle finger at the hinge of the jaw and gently pry open the mouth. 2) As the cat’s mouth opens, press down on the lower jaw and deposit the pill well to the back of the tongue. 3) Close the mouth and massage or rub the throat until the cat swallows. Tip! Blowing softly into the cat’s nose or face will also cause many cats to gulp or swallow. If the kitty licks his nose, it is likely the pill has been swallowed.
Important! Avoid breaking up pills, when broken the powder may have an unpleasant taste that is usually poorly accepted. Many pills have a protective coating that is important, as they aid in a delayed reaction in the intestinal tract.
Do you have any tips or tricks to get your kitty to take a pill? What methods have you found to have success?