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How to Give a Cat a Pill


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Thursday, 18 de February 2010
Author: Vivapets

Giving a Cat a Pill
Cat Medication
Giving a cat a pill is not the easiest of things to do. Your pet will not like being given cat medication so you will have to know what you are doing to make the process as easy and stress free as you can. This article will give you some top tips and suggestions on how to give a cat a tablet. 

How to Give a Cat a Pill – Instructions and Tips

Be calm throughout the process of giving your cat medication. Remember that your cat will pick up on any nervousness or anxiety that you are experiencing and this will make the process much more stressful for both you and your cat.
It is best to give a cat a pill when he is relaxed or just woken up; this is the state in which he will be calmest and most comfortable.
Make sure you are familiar with the pill shooter and how it works. Your vet should give you a pill shooter when he prescribes the medication; if he doesn’t then make sure you ask for one as it makes giving your cat medication much easier. 
Let your cat see and smell the pill and the pill shooter before you use it. This will make your cat more comfortable with the process once he realises it is not harmful. 
The pill shooter has a soft end made of rubber that will hold the pill. This soft end will not hurt your cat’s mouth and by pushing the end of the pill shooter (like a syringe) the pill will simply pop out. 
I would recommend coating the pill in some butter; this will act like a lubricant and the pill can be swallowed much easier. 
Keep talking to your cat throughout to calm him down. If you do not know what to say then just explain why your cat needs the pill and reassure him that it will be quick and won’t hurt. You might feel silly but it will make the process easier. 
Make sure your cat is on a carpet or something he can dig his claws into without doing any damage. Your cat will at first be very unsure of the process and it is very likely that your cat will dig his claws in for a sense of security. 
You should always administer the cat medication from behind. If your cat tries to get away it will be backwards so make sure you are in a blocking position. 
When you are in position and are ready to give a cat a pill you will want to be as quick as possible. 
Reach over your cat’s head and place your middle finger and thumb behind his teeth at the edge of the jaw and tilt the head backwards. 
Your cat’s mouth will naturally open at this point, gently stick the pill shooter into the back of your cat’s throat and pop the pill out. 
Take the pill shooter out of your cat’s mouth and hold his mouth shut while stroking his throat in a downward motion. 
Once the pill has gone you should give your cat a treat for taking the cat medication. 
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