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Pet Medication – How Do I Give a Pill to a Cat?

December 24, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Cat Health and Cat Care, Cat Medications, Pet Medications, Pet Pill Shooters, Pet Products

Trying to give a pill to a cat? If you're not using a pet pill shooter or hiding the cat's pill in a treat, you might get a look from kitty that says "I'm NOT impressed!" (Ilker Photo)

Sure, it’s The Sick Dog Blog, but I’m sure many dog owners also have a cat or two (or seven). So let’s look at some ways to give pills to a cat.

Giving a pill to a cat is often more difficult – many cats are not really “food oriented” so it can make hiding pills in food difficult. And cats tend to scratch and swipe (Tip: Avoid cat scratches when giving a pill to a cat by wearing a winter coat or bathrobe. It will protect your arms from cat scratches and swipes. Hopefully, it won’t come to this. But when it’s a matter of the cat’s health, sometimes, there is no other option but to give a cat a pill against his will.)

Hiding Pet Medications in Food – Giving Medication to a Cat Using Foods

This method will work for some cats and not others. Some cats are really enthusiastic about “people food” while others prefer cat food.

One option for giving medicine to a cat: Hide the cat’s pill in a bit of tuna or Salmon lox.

If a cat won’t eat, lox is an especially good option. With Salmon lox, you can make a small ball, hide the pill inside, then stick it onto the roof of the cat’s mouth, right behind his front teeth. The cat will instinctively lick the lox off the roof of his mouth, ingesting the pill in the process. You can also try this with cream cheese, or — if all else fails — peanut butter. Cream cheese and peanut butter are great options when you need to give a pill to a dog.

How to Get a Cat to Take Medication – Pet Pill Shooters

Pet pill shooters, also known as pill guns, are another fairly easy way to get cats to take medicines, especially since many cats won’t eat cream cheese or peanut butter. For cats who won’t take pills using the method described above, a cat pill shooter is a great solution and it’s much better than wrestling a cat in an attempt to stick cream cheese on the roof of his mouth!

Pill shooters are also great for cats (and dogs) since they’re smaller than your hand and therefore, they’re a much less intrusive way to give out pet medication.

You can get a pill shooter for a cat at your veterinary clinic or at most pet supply stores like Petco or PetSmart. There are also a wide array of pet pill shooters available online for just a few dollars!

To learn more about pill shooters, also known as pet pill guns, and how to use them, read What is a Pill Gun or Pill Shooter?

Related Articles on Pet Medication

When giving medication to a cat, be sure to avoid one of the worst possible mistakes – never hide a pill in cat food! To learn why you should never try to hide a pill in pet food, read Tips for Giving Pet Medication – Hiding Pills in Dog Food (it’s written for dogs, but the same principles also apply for cats!)

Dog owners may be interested to read Pet Medication – How Do I Give a Pill to a Dog?

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Tips for Giving Pet Medications – Hiding Pills in Dog Food

December 24, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, General Dog Health, Pet Medications

Giving a pet medication can be difficult! Learn how to give pills to a dog! (Adam Ciesielski Photo)

With five dogs and seven cats — all special needs animals — I give out many pet medications on a daily basis. Over the years, I’ve developed many great tricks for giving pills to a dog or cat. These tips for giving pet medications will definitely come in handy!

Hiding Pet Medication in Dog Food or Dog Treats – Don’t do it!

Never, ever give a dog medication by trying to hide the pill in dog food or dog treats that the pet eats on a regular basis. Dogs have a very acute sense of smell. In short, he’ll smell the pill from a mile away. The dog will be accustomed to the normal smell of his dog food or treat; he’ll detect the difference right away.

In addition, if you try to give a dog a pill in his dog food, you risk the dog forming an aversion. It’s a form of conditioning. If the dog has a bad experience while eating his dog food (i.e. biting into a pill – ever chewed a pill? It’s awful. And if you’re not expecting it, biting into a pill would be like encountering an olive pit in a jar of “pitted” olives – quite startling! )


In short, the dog will associate that negative experience with the dog food. And it only takes one negative experience for a dog to form an aversion. The end result? A dog refusing to eat dog food.

Related Articles on Pet Medication

Dog owners may also enjoy learning tips for giving a pill to a dog. To learn more, read The Sick Dog Blog’s article titled Pet Medication – How Do I Get My Dog to Eat a Pill?

Cat owners may also want to read How Do I Give a Pill to a Cat?

When trying to give a pill to a dog or cat, a pill shooter, also known as a pill gun, can be really helpful. To learn more about how to use a pill shooter and why they’re helpful for medicating a pet, read What is a Pill Shooter or Pill Gun?

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