How to Pill a Cat, the Easy Way.





Introduction: How to Pill a Cat, the Easy Way.

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Well, my mother bought this beautiful Selkirk rex, but it turned out, her entire litter was infected with a parasite. *sigh* We got the medicine, but sadly enough, tuna is not her flavor... Gravy on the other hand she gobbles up without even tasting. We also have 5 other cats, so I had to think of something to get her to eat her pill, and only her. I came up with this!

Step 1: What You Will Need

1. A needle-less syringe, I picked mine up at the drugstore for less than a buck.
2. Can, jar or mix yourself pack of your kitties favorite flavor gravy (don't worry, your not giving them tons, so as a short term diet effector, it's not terrible)
3. Your pill.
4. small shallow bowl
5. Spoon
Or instead of 4 & 5 a mortar and pestle (make sure it's a marble or smooth ceramic, you don't want to lose the pill, or have it stuck forever in your pestle)

Step 2: Gravy Preperation!

Make gravy according to directions, if your using ready made jar gravy, warm it up and jump to next step.

Step 3: Pulverize the Pill

I used a mortar and pestle, so it came out real fine, but basically take that pill and crush it into a fine powder. It has to be fine or it will never fit through the small opening of the syringe. I have taken a close up pic of what your pill should look like, any chunkier than this and your never gonna get it through.

Step 4: Mix the Concotion

Depending on the size of your pill you only want about a tablespoon of gravy (we had a large pill, and had to use the whole tablespoon)
Slowly stir the powder into the gravy (not the other way, the pill will clump if you do).

Step 5: Suck Up the Juice!

Pull the gravy into the syringe, it will be thick, but will go in easy as long as you made the powder fine.

Hold the cat like a baby and squirt just a small amount on it's nose so it gets the taste, once it know whats going on, it will lap at the syringe, continue depressing it until it's empty.

Congrats! You just pilled your cat, and it will love you for it!



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I have read somewhere to wait 12 hours to make sure they are good and hungry, and then hide it in a treat. give them one with no pill, then one with a pill, then again one with no pill. like i said before, gooey american cheese has worked for me. some cats like fish and other treats, but if they ever find it in that treat, they seem to have good memories, and may never eat the treat again. If possible, make sure the portion is small enough for them to swallow it in one bite, but the pill is very hidden.

I have found that using american cheese works. it is gooey, and they
don't seem to find the pill in it. velveta works good, or probably the
slices too. cats are smart, so only time will tell if it will keep

I have read so many tips, but my cat is very skittish and sees me coming. He takes off, so the problem is getting hold of him to 'burrito' or anything else. At my wits end here.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! My part Persian finicky cat actually took medicine for the first time in 18 years! That was a Godsend suggestion! It worked the first time. Thank you, again!


I might have to ring the vet and see if crushing the pill will help my cat.

He's heavy and strong, and caught on to the pill-inside-the-treat game very quickly, eating the treat part but spitting the pill back out so he could get more treat!

I have to prise his jaw open to get him the medication he needs to take to stop the sides of his mouth getting infected, and he can't tell that I'm just trying to help :(

I had to keep looking for ideas, my cat with pleural effusion vomited a lot of liquids when i tried this way. 8-(. capsules are helping but still not our answer...I did some videos to help others, but after 30 days i am still floundering.


I have a cat whom nothing gets past. I have tried to hide pills and fractions of pills in everything-- he sniffs all of his food very carefully before he even considers biting it, and if he detects the slightest irregularity, he will reject the whole food item. He is a picky eater anyway. Will not eat Greenie's Pill Pockets even with NO pill in them! He is also as wiry as a python, and (justifiably) suspicious of anything unusual. Will NOT be placed on his back "like a baby." I am going to try mixing a tapeworm pill into some gravy and putting it in a rubber "ear medication" syringe and see if I can squirt it into his mouth enough for him to just swallow some of it. Things are getting desperate here.

I've done that with my sick dog , after he was better he would refuse to eat the certain flavor cause he would think it got medication in it ...

Using the straw sounds like a great idea except I wonder if the pill could accidentally be shot down the windpipe instead!

Caveats: - Cats should not be given garlic or onion, and most gravy mixes will contain one or both of these ingredients. Try watering down plain meat baby food instead (read the ingredients! some of these also contain onion/garlic). - Some pills have a time-release formula and can cause overdose if given crushed. Plus, fat vs water solubility of active ingredients may mean that crushing and mixing is a bad idea. Check with your pharmacist. - Some pharmacies can compound drugs into a palatable liquid (some have meat-flavored compounds just for pets), which simplifies dosing if you're giving the medication for more than a couple of days.