Administering medication to any pet can be a stressful process for both animal and owner. Cats especially are savvy to their humans’ tricks of covertly slipping pills in treats and tuna fish. If your furry friend has become accustomed to repeatedly refusing their pills, consider the following tricks and tips to help make the medicine go down much easier for all involved.
Tips for Getting Your Cat to Take a Pill
Before breaking out the medication, make sure your cat is calm and alone. Trying to give them pills around other animals or people can cause unnecessary stress. While the easiest way to give a cat a capsule is to hide it in a favorite food (i.e. canned food, strained meat, etc.), this method isn’t always effective. Cats are more likely to chew food than their canine counterparts, allowing them to more easily identify and reject foreign objects.
Owners can try to combat this by giving their cat multiple treats without all of them being medicated. By doing so, your cat will be less likely to become suspicious and spit out their medication.
However, some cats can be especially clever at finding unwanted pills. In this case, owners will need to resort to restraining their cats. While not the ideal situation, there is a way for two people to do so that is comfortable for both owner and pet:
- Place your cat on a stable, non-slip surface.
- Sit your cat upright in front of you, facing away.
- Hold each front leg above the elbow while pressing your hands gently against your cat’s side.
- Have the person assisting you place the pill between their thumb and forefinger.
- With their free hand, have them approach your cat’s head from the side and place their hand on top of its head.
- While holding the head, have them tilt it upwards and use the middle finger of the hand holding the capsule to gently pull the lower jaw down to open the mouth.
- Place the pill inside the cat’s mouth as far back as you can, holding the jaw closed for a few moments after placing inside, ensuring your cat has swallowed.
Your cat may still refuse the medicine even after this process. As long as they aren’t extremely anxious, you can attempt to repeat these steps to safely administer medication.
Knowing When to Call Your Vet
Finding the best solution for your cat’s medication routine can be a challenge. If your cat is stressed, gets upset, or has a negative reaction to its prescription, call your Germantown Vet immediately. Our team will help you identify the best way to administer medication and will provide your pet with high-quality care to ensure they are in the best health.
Contact our team today to give your cat the care they deserve!