Giving cats pills or other medication is usually not very easy. Most cats will certainly not voluntarily eat a pill so you will have to figure out how to administer the prescribed medication.
Depending on the character and the way you treat your cat, it is possible that you can manage to give a pill with limited coercion. Unfortunately, most cats will start to resist as they find it unpleasant.
They will also recognize the pattern. Then they want to avoid this pattern with all forms of protest such as virtually disappearing (hiding very well) or increasingly trying to keep their jaws shut.
If the cat resists and quickly closes its jaws again, inserting the pill by hand is not entirely without danger. It is also difficult to get the pill far enough into the mouth. You will usually have to try it a few times and it doesn’t get much easier because a cat usually starts to resist more and more.
A nice tool can be a pill shooter. This can certainly simplify administration because it allows the pill to be inserted into the back of the throat. Then it becomes very difficult for the cat to spit it out. A pill shooter is usually available from the vet.
If your cat needs medication for a longer period of time, there may be an alternative that makes administering it a lot easier. This benefits everyone, including your cat and perhaps the sitter who is then also faced with the sometimes impossible task of giving your unwilling cat a pill.
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What can work well is to hide a pill in a piece of sausage, ham, cheese, or cheese spread. Depending on how crazy your cat is about this type of food, this will certainly work well for a while, what can happen is that as the cat starts to recognize the taste of the pill, it will spit it out.
Another way is to give the pill, if it is small enough, with some sweets. Sometimes the cat is so crazy about the sweets that they are devoured pills and all. You can also make the candies a little smaller. If allowed by the doctor, you could possibly make the pill a little smaller. Check this first because certain medicines may not be cut just like that.
If the above alternatives don’t work, consider trying the Easypill tool. This remedy is made in such a way that most cats like it very much and see it as a treat. It is a malleable substance that you can then hide your pill in. If you give this, make sure that the cat also eats the pill and does not spit it out afterward.
Keep Easypill in a box that you can close well, otherwise, it will dry out quickly. Unfortunately, this easy way is not cheap, especially if the medication is for a longer period of time. But it may relieve you of your daily struggle with your pet that you would rather cuddle than burden every day with a medical coercion procedure.
No two cats are the same, with some easy cats you don’t even have to apply much force, but that is usually an exception given the rather stubborn character of this pet. As long as it works with a treat or candies, it’s definitely worth a try. And if that doesn’t work (anymore), you could try Easypill, especially if the daily administration under duress is increasingly experienced as a traumatic experience for both.