How to Give a Cat a Pill
Often times when you take your cat to the vet for an illness you are given oral medication to administer. Even if your vet demonstrates how to give the medicine, the situation may be very different once you get your pet home. After all, in the pet hospital, most cats are either so freaked out or scared that they are either frozen stiff or will tolerate anything in exchange for getting out of there. They are out of their element and territory when in the exam room. In his home environment, however your cat is more at ease and will try to push his limits more easily as, in his mind, he is the king of his domain and teeth and claws will fly if the need should arise.
There are several methods of giving an oral medication to a cat and some will be more successful depending on if the medication is a pill or an oral liquid. Some cats simply take pills better while others will more easily tolerate liquids. If you’ve never had to medicate your cat, chances are you won’t be able to guess accurately until you’ve actually had to do it.
One common rule of thumb to remember with restraining cats is that less is more. When getting the medication ready, try not to make a big ordeal of it; try to act naturally. Cats will react severely if there is a lot of restraint when there is no need as it will alarm them that something is wrong. With pills and liquids most cats will do well by simply having one person hold the cat on a counter while the other person gives the medication. For this method, you will need to follow five simple steps.
The restrainer will need to hold the cat on a counter top by simply holding the cat’s body up next to their own. Using your hands, hold the front legs down without applying too much pressure. Remember you want the cat to remain calm and not let on that something bad is going to happen. One technique for holding a cat this way is to hold his body up next to yours (on the counter top). Wrap one arm across his body and use the hand of that same arm grasp the front two legs lacing your fingers around them to keep him from pawing at his face while the medication is being given. As the medication administrator, you will need to grasp the top of the cat’s head. The upper jaw bone, just below and behind the eyes makes a nice handle for hanging on to his head. Tilt the head as far back as you possibly can. When it’s back far enough his mouth will slightly open and he will almost be able to look at the restrainer upside down. With the pill held between your index finger and thumb, use your middle finger to drop the lower jaw further open. Quickly toss the pill as far back into the mouth as far as you can, in the same motion using your index finger to poke it further back. Be sure to be quick to avoid an accidental bite from your kitty. If this is a liquid, you can slip the dropper or needle-less syringe into the corner of his mouth and squirt it in. Hold the cat’s mouth shut. A good tip to use here is to have a dropper of needle-less syringe full of water nearby. Giving water after administering a pill will help wash down the pill and help ensure that he swallows the medicine. It doesn’t take a lot of water for this; just enough to wash down the pill. Make sure the pill has been swallowed before letting go of Kitty.
There are some other tips that can be applied here as not all cats accept the thought of being medicated, and when it is needed more than once they can catch on pretty quickly and know what is coming before it happens. Other methods include bring them to colmars cat training and colmars dog training service. In this, they wll be able to be provided with the right program.
A Pet Piller or pill gun can be purchased from your vet and at some pet shops. These can vary among suppliers but the overall concept is the same. It is typically a plastic item that has a cup like end for the pill to be placed and at the other end is a trigger. The end with the pill is poked at the back of the cat’s mouth and the trigger is pushed or pulled, depending on the type, forcing the pill down. This type of item keeps your fingers out of the cat’s mouth, preventing a potential bite. A towel can be used for restraining cats as well. Lay a towel out flat on the counter top. Place the cat in the middle of the towel and wrap him up tightly. Wrap one side first, tucking it in under the cat while being sure to keep his front legs tucked in. After wrapping up the second side of the towel you will have a kitty burrito. If done correctly, the cat’s entire body will be completely wrapped, tightly, and only his head will be sticking out. This is good for cat’s who twist and flail when being restrained. It is also a good tip to use when medicating your cat by yourself. If the medication is able to be given in food (be sure to ask your vet if it’s okay before doing so), you can sometimes crush the pill and put it in the cat’s food. Be aware that many cats will detect the medication will avoid eating it. If the pill isn’t crushed and is merely hidden in the food, most cats will eat around the pill. Again, be sure to ask your vet if this is okay for the medication you are giving as some are required to be administrated directly into the mouth.
Very few cats are so bad that they cannot be medicated. They can be intimidating at first and it can be discouraging. However, once you get a handle on how to properly restrain your cat, you will be able to better medicate him with minimal stress on you and your cat.