How to Give Your Cat a Pill

By: Contributors

Depending on your cat's temperament, giving it a pill may be a difficult process. However, it may be the only way to ensure that your cat stays healthy. There are sometimes alternatives to pills, including powder and liquid formulas, and transdermal drugs that are administered through the skin. If your cat is reluctant to take pills, ask your vet about these alternatives [source: ASPCA]. However there are some medications that your cat needs to take in pill form. Read the steps listed below and learn about how to give your cat a pill.

  1. Hold your cat's head in your left hand by its cheekbones. Though this may be an unpleasant experience for your cat, it's the most comfortable method of giving it needed pills.
  2. Tilt the head back so that its jaw opens.
  3. Take the pill in your right hand, between your pointer finger and thumb. Make sure that your cat keeps its jaw open by resting your hand in the lower incisors. Dodge any painful bites by avoiding its fangs.
  4. Lodge the pill as far back on its tongue as you can.
  5. Quickly close its mouth and blow on its nose. The blowing will encourage it to swallow the pill [source: WSU].

If after trying this method, your cat is still being difficult about taking pills, you can ask your vet if you can dissolve the pill in water. It may be an easier way to get your cat to take its medication. Keep in mind that suspending the pill in liquid may cause it to lose its effectiveness, so it's important to speak to the vet before doing so [source: WSU].