Dog owners will laugh contently at this post, knowing that their dog will eat anything put in front of them. However, cats enjoy taking medication as much as they love going for a swim. The procedure normally begins with your cat’s medication on one side and your safety kit on the other, comprised of plasters, bandages and goggles, for anything that could go wrong. In an attempt to make this a smoother, less traumatic experience for both parties involved, here are a few methods you can try.
1) Kneeling from behind method
Kneel above your cat with the cat between your legs. Put your left hand behind their head and tilt it back. With your right hand hold the pill. Use your middle finger and thumb to gently open their jaw. Put the pill into their mouth, as quickly and as far back as possible. Close their jaw and hold it closed until they have swallowed. Follow this with a cat treat.
2) Crushing the pill method
Before using this method, check that the pill can be consumed crushed. Some medication has to be taken whole for a slow digestion and if crushed can enter their system too quickly. Also check what the pill can be mixed with, as some medication is unsuited with certain food types. Crush the pill into a powder. Mix with cat food. Follow this with a cat treat.
3) Hide the pill method
Taking the precautions outlined above, hide the pill, either whole or crushed, in their favourite food. Make sure they have consumed the pill if whole. Follow this with a cat treat.
4) Wrap the cat method
Fill a (needle-less) syringe with water. Wrap the cat in a blanket like a baby. Hold the cat, facing upwards, on your lap. Gently open their mouth. Hold their head back with one hand and put the pill in as far back and as quickly as possible. Point the syringe at the back of their throat and inject a small amount of water. Hold the cat’s mouth closed and blow on the cat’s nose to encourage them to swallow. Follow this with a cat treat.
If you have any concerns about your cats health, contact your veterinary clinic immediately.