All cat owners know that it can be a daunting task to give their cats medication. No cat in the world would like you to force something even if it’s just a pill into her throat. They will kick, scratch, and bite if necessary to prevent you from doing that. In this article, we would look at how to give a cat medication easily.
One thing to note is that even though cats are not large animals and shouldn’t be strong, they show their strength and stubbornness at times like this, and you can end up quite frustrated. This is why we are sharing some tips with you to get your cats to take their medication easily.
How To Give A Cat Medication Easily
Here are our top tips for medicating your cat easily so you can live to tell the tale.
Mix The Pill In Your Cats Wet Food
The first way and probably the quickest way is to mash the medication/pill till its completely crushed and rubbing and pressing it in between two spoons. When you have it crushed, it will now be like powder, and then you can add it to any wet food you give your pet.
This tactic works very well, especially if you usually give your cat dry food. They will see it as a new kind of treat. This way, they will consume it quickly without knowing that they took any drug.
This task will be even easier if the pill is a capsule. Separate both ends of the capsule into the wet pet food, mix it up and set it for your pet to enjoy.
How To Give A Cat Medication Easily With A Pet Piller For Cats
The only time you may have a bit of challenge with the first method is if your pet is not eating as they are too sick to eat or if you forget and pop the pill in, directly into the food without crushing.
If the problem is that your pet is not eating, you should look for something called a pet piller for cats, which will make it easier to give the pill directly to the cat. These devices are very affordable and can be purchased easily online from Amazon or can also be gotten at the vet.
Let me explain more about how they work. The pet pillers come with plastic to hold and secure the drug in place and a plastic rod that acts as a plunger you press to release the drug.
Please note that if you wish to purchase this pill device, it’s best to get one with a tip that is soft as it will be gentler on your pet. The ones without soft tips will still work, though but its better to use a one with a soft tip.
Here are some pet pillars with soft tips you can use on your cat.
How To Use A Pet Piller For Cats
The device is quick and easy to use and will save you a lot of time. Besides, the challenge you’ll face with this method is simply getting your cat to open up their mouth without fuss.
You need the mouth to be open for at least a few seconds so you can quickly use the plunger to send the pill into your pet’s throat. You must have a firm and secure grip as he will definitely try to wriggle out.
See this video on how to give a pill.
Use A Cat Grooming Bag For Cats
One thing I found that helps me with that is a cat grooming bag. It keeps your cat’s body parts all secure inside the bag; that way, your cat cant harm you easily. You can, of course, use it for the added purpose of grooming your cat. Here are some great cat grooming bags for cats you may wish to use.
Anyway, once you successfully get your pet to open up, quickly squeeze the plunger and then remove the device and pet your cat. It’s also important to give your pet a treat after giving him the pill, so he doesn’t see it as a negative experience.
This action of giving him the treat will help you when giving future pills.
Mix In The Cats Medication With It’s Drinking Water
The third way to give your pet a pill will be just to let it melt in, into his drinking water. Some people choose to do this as there is no need to crush the pill.
Unfortunately, this is not very effective as you can end up wasting a lot of the drug. You can also not control the quantity that the cat consumes at a specific time, leading to overdosing or underdosing the cat. We advise you to try other methods instead of this one.
Give The Cat Pill Manually By Hand
The fourth way will be to give your cat a pill manually with your hands. This method is only advised for people who cannot use the plunger, as it can be dangerous if you get bitten as cat bites can carry toxins.
If you still wish to do it this way, have a firm grip of your cat and open the mouth with one hand. Now your pet’s mouth is open, take a second or two to aim for the back of the throat, and then quickly toss the drug in.
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Now the pill is in successfully, use your hand to close up his mouth and hold it for a few seconds. This action is to make sure your pet takes and swallows the drug properly; if he didn’t do it immediately, it was tossed.
Make A Flavoured Treats For Cats With The Medication
Finally, if, for some reason, you are unable to use and of the previous techniques on how to give a cat medication easily and get them to work, you may need to go to your local pet shop or pharmacy and ask them to make a tasty gel or flavored treat using your cats drugs.
This should be used as the last option as it can be costly, and it can also be slower. You are better off using any of the other ideas suggested here.
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