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How to give cats pills and tablets

how to give cats medication tips from bondi vet

With great care!

Many owners dread having to give their cat medication. Cats often fight us - so make sure you don't become a casualty! To make the job a little easier, try these tips.

  • Get a helper - this is a two-person job. One person needs to keep the cat still with a firm grip and another person has to administer the tablet or pill.
  • If the cat scratches, wrap them firmly in a towel to hold their limbs steady.
  • Once the cat is held securely, the person giving the tablets needs to grip the cat's head firmly and pull the top lip back to open the mouth.
  • Use a pill popper gadget to insert the tablet into the cat's mouth then withdraw the device when deposited.
  • Softly hold the cat's lips together and tickle their throat until the pill is swallowed. (You know this has happened once the cat licks its lips.)
  • Repeat this process for subsequent pills and tablets.
  • Check the area to make sure your cat has not thrown up the pill later, which they can do.

Alternatives

  • Mash the pill into a paste with your cat's favourite food, to see if they eat it. (They might not!)
  • Ask your vet if the medicine could be administered as an injection instead of multiple pills over the course of a week. For example, some antibiotics can be injected so that they last a week, rather than a pill every day.


These top tips will hopefully make caring for your sick cat a little easier.

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