Ways You Can Give Your Cat A Pill
Is your cat unwell? Do you need to administer medicine that the vet has given – in a tablet form? Giving your cat a pill can sometimes be a nightmare. No cat wants to have something (that’s not food!) shoved down its throat, especially when it doesn’t feel well. Your cat will most likely fight you tooth and nail to prevent eating the pill. Although most cats are small in size, as a pet owner, you know how much power they actually have.
Fortunately, there are ways that you can get your cat to take its pills, as listed below
Mix it with wet cat food
The easiest way to give a cat pill is to crush it into a powdery form. You can do so by putting the pill between two spoons and applying force. Once the pill is in powder form, mix it in with some wet cat food that your cat likes. 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 swallowed their medicine along with some delicious food.
If the medicine happens to be in the form of a capsule, all you have to do is pry open the capsule and sprinkle the medicinal powder onto some wet food before serving it to your cat.
Use a pet piller
Sometimes, if your pet is really sick, chances are it won’t consume food as per usual, possibly because of the lack of appetite. In this event, you should consider getting a pet piller. You can get this handy device from your veterinarian. 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 softer tip to ease the process on your cat.
When you get your pet piller, remember to ask your vet to show you how to use it. The most difficult aspect of using the pet piller gun is getting your cat to open its mouth. The gun’s mechanism is to shoot the pill in the cat’s mouth, and down his throat. You’ll need to hold your cat tight, to make sure that it doesn’t wiggle its way out, or scratch you from dislike of being restraint. Once you have your cat’s 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.
Use your hand
If you aren’t comfortable using the gun, you can always try giving your cat pills by hand. To do it this way, you’ll need to hold your cat still and open his mouth with your hand. Once its mouth is open, aim for the back of his throat and slowly throw the pill in. Once it is in its mouth, close the mouth with your hand and hold it shut for a few moments. This way, you give your cat time to swallow the pill.
Flavoured gel or liquid
If you can’t get any of the above techniques 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.