How I Give My Cat a Pill Using Favourite Foods

There are probably tens of thousands of videos on you Tube which explain how to give your cat a pill! This is just one more but it may add to the sum total of knowledge on how to give your cat a pill 😉

The way I see it, the reason why this method works, in this instance, is because Charlie loves chicken and the pill is either neutral in taste and smell or it smells slightly of cat food in some way; I am not sure. It really does depend upon these two factors and your cat needs to really love a certain sort of food and he needs to be hungry for it.

The reason why I hand feed Charlie these bits of chicken with half a pill in it is because that way I can ensure that the food goes into his mouth, hole (in one piece). If I put the food into a bowl with the pill inside it he is far more likely to select the food and leave the pill. The hand feeding is a way of making sure that he has the bite sized piece of food in his mouth to ensure that he bites down on it. As the pill is neutral in taste or at least tastes okay, when he bites down on it it does not upset his enjoyment of the chicken and so he continues to eat it. Sometimes cats spit out the pill and eat the food.

I usually do this in the morning when I get up. At that time he has asked me for his breakfast a number of times and he is hungry.

There are other posts on this subject on this website. Please use the custom search (home page right hand column). See the conventional way in a video (article by Ruth aka Kattaddorra).

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How I Give My Cat a Pill Using Favourite Foods — 13 Comments

  1. I enjoyed that, seeing you getting the pill ready and then Charlie doing his part in eating it was lovely. I’m glad you’ve found a way to dose him kindly, the M&S chicken looks very nice I bet our boys would like some of that.

  2. I was thinking the same, that chicken looked tasty (even to a veggie lol)
    Walter is very easy to dose, Jozef not so and we’ve hid his pills in chunky chicken before to make it more pleasant, but then he went off chicken before the course finished!

    • Maybe the pill smelled or tasted unpleasant. The pills I used don’t put Charlie off but a previous one did. Charlie stopped eating the chicken mid-course. I think it is about getting your vet to select an antibiotic that is taste/smell neutral or pleasant in taste.

  3. Hi Michael,
    Lovely video!

    We don’t have any problems giving our kitties pills. I start them very young getting used to it with a small piece of a brewers yeast tablet. I learned that trick from a friend a gazillion years ago and it sure has paid off.

    I have more problems with liquids-at times. If the taste isn’t appealing it’s all over the cat not IN the cat at times.

    • Very wise of you to train them to accept pills. I’m sure this is the answer. I am just fortunate that I have found a way of getting a pill into Charlie. If a cat is not trained to accept pills it depends on the individual cat whether he or she is going to cooperate or not. In general, as you know, cats resist being given a pill sometimes with great vigour and commitment!

  4. I loved the way you gave Charlie the pills!

    Such a loving manner, and makes Charlie happy- which is the whole point to what we do.

  5. Good Article and Video. Sounds like a good idea. I got given a free can of dine in mail Box with the kitties have demolished down. Do you mean to say you tried the pill out first??Ur brave

    • Yes, I have tried giving a pill straight in the classic vet style but cats at home are less pliable than when in the vet’s clinic so it is a struggle. The method I show in the video is painless for me and my cat 😉

  6. Most of my Cats are used to the Pills, I just followed what the vet does. Though there’s always one that wont take it. Tammy was horrible at getting to take Pills.

      • Exactly I think it depends on the Mood of the Cat., Ozzie was fine with it as long as i gave him lots of nice pats and reward. i.e He loves Whiskas Singles . I hate it when, the Vet gets them to have Pills.

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