Cats are pretty infamous for doing what they want when they want, which means it can be difficult to hold them still or groom them. Unfortunately, this includes when they need to take pills. Cats can be picky eaters who also won’t sit still, but what do you do when a cat needs to take a pill? Afterall, it’s for their own good! The Cat Clinic at Cherry Hill is here with a few tips on how to give a cat pill so that your cat can be healthy and happy and you can escape the experience unscathed.
Tips and Tricks on How to Give a Cat a Pill!
We know administering medication to your cat can feel like a daunting task for both you and your cat, but don’t worry! It’s definitely possible, and can even be easy with these tips, tricks, and tools.
- Similar to dogs, some kitties will take medication easily if you hide it in their food. Especially that wet food they love so much. If your pill is solid, you can even cut it into smaller pieces so it’s easier to consume. For cats that always finish their meal, this is a great option to try.
- If your cat is usually calm and doesn’t mind being held, you can also try to directly place the pill in their mouth. Gently hold their mouth closed and tilt the head back so they will swallow the pill.
- When holding your cat, make sure they are comfortable, either in your lap or on a surface. For some cats, it may be beneficial to wrap them in a blanket with just their head sticking out. This will neutralize those sharp claws to keep you safe!
- Lastly, did you know there’s something called a pill plunger? They sell them at most pet stores, as well as online. It’s a neat tool that allows you to directly put the pill into your cat’s mouth without endangering your fingers on those sharp teeth.
When in Doubt, Talk to the Vet
At the Cat Clinic at Cherry Hill, we specialize in cat health, but giving cats their medication can be difficult even for our vets. Every cat is different, so the same methods won’t always work for every cat! If you’re still struggling to give your cat the medication they need, give us a call at 856-662-2662. We are happy to walk you through the process, or give a demonstration at your cat’s appointment. Your cat’s health is our priority, and we want you to feel comfortable administering their at-home medication. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office! For more tips and tricks to caring for your cat, you can also check out our blog!