Giving Medication To Cats

by Kyrstie Waters
(last updated May 24, 2009)


Cats are generally more resistant than dogs when it comes to taking medication. However, there are some methods you can try to give your cat its medication without frightening or stressing it out. Always read the label on your pet's medication before attempting any of the following tips. It is important to know the dosage of medication required, and the intake requirements. Some medications can only be taken on an empty stomach, while others must be taken with food.

If you have a medication that can be taken with food, check with your veterinarian to see if you can place the medication in your cat's food. Putting the medication in your pet's food is the simplest way to get it to take its medicine. If it is okay for you to put the medication in your cat's food, follow these steps:

  1. Food Likes and Dislikes. Make a list of different kinds of treats and food your cat likes to eat. Keep enough of this certain food or treat to last you while your cat needs the medication.
  2. Hiding the Meds. Now you can place your cat's medication inside its food. This generally works for pills, liquid medications may have to be inserted orally with an eyedropper. Hide the pill inside your cat's favorite treat or food. Make sure that your cat swallows the pill and doesn't spit it back out.

If your cat must take its medication on an empty stomach, follow these simple steps:

  1. Restrain Your Cat. Cats are a little more difficult to restrain than dogs. If your cat does not let you hold her willingly, have a friend help you hold the cat. Don't squeeze your cat too hard or apply to much pressure to it, as this will scare your cat.
  2. Giving The Meds. Open your cat's jaws gently and place one of your fingers on its lower front teeth. This will help your cat keep its mouth open during this process. Quicly place the pill or squeeze the liquid medicine onto the back of the tongue near the throat. Close your cat's mouth and wait for it to swallow. If your cat swallows the medication successfully, reward him or her with a treat. If not, repeat this process until you get it down.

Once you get used to giving your cat its medication, you will become more familiar with the idea and be more confident in your approach. If you fail at these attempts, keep trying. It can be very difficult to give your cat its medication, but keep at it.

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Equipment: large bath towel, extra human helper, buttered tablet, Bic Ballpoint pen (buttered blunt end), optional teaspoon of water/eyedropper of water
Wrap cat in large bath towel, with neck tightly wrapped;
Get friend to hold wrapped cat, with cat head facing towards your right, tail end to left;
Left hand: draw over cat's head, to the left, sweeping down whiskers, hold head with whiskers back;
Right hand, middle finger nail: press/hold down on front teeth and hold mouth open, whilst squeezing jaw open gently with left hand thumb and middle finger;
Right hand, thumb and index finger: pop tablet into back of cat tongue;
right hand:
Tap tablet towards throat with buttered BLUNT end of Bic Ballpoint Pen.
Optional extra: add a few drops of water to tongue.
Let go of cat and feed yummy smelly tinned cat food.