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Tips on How to Make Sure Your Cat Swallows the Tablets You Give

Updated on September 9, 2013

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How to Make Sure Your Cat Swallows the Tablets You Give

Nobody told us how to make sure our cat swallows the medicine, especially in tablet form, that we have to give it when it gets sick. Here's the dilemma, your cat needs some medicine, given by injection or Pill form. But the vet notes the injection could lead to complications such as diabetes. Your loving cat deserves the best. The safer method is to give your cat its medication in pill form.

But have you every actually tried to give your cat a pill? You can fool them once, but the second time - they KNOW what your up to. If they don't tear you apart and leave scars to remind you who's boss, they will surely find a place to hide the pill as soon as your not looking. They are Soooo good at hiding the pill in their little mouths, when you are absolutely convinced they have finally swallowed the darn thing, you spot it from the corner of your eye under the table!

We tried using a special wand that would hold the pill, the trick was to drop it in the back of your kitty's throat and then get them to swallow it. It would take two of us and we still couldn't manage to get our pet to take her medicine. One would wrap her in a blanket so she couldn't move her paws, the other would try to get her to swallow her pill. I felt like we were on America's Funniest Videos... it was that crazy and funny but not effective.

We Loveee our Cats! Thank goodness there is a way to get them to take their pills without all the fuss. Delicious Pill Pockets For Cats.

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Pill Pockets for Cats

I have tried crushing my cats pills in their food, mixing it with their milk, cream or other favorite beverages. But those little critters just laugh behind my back. They aways eat or drink everything but the pill. I find the pill fragments are left in their dish like tea leaves.

So Here is the Answer! One day I stumbled across something called Pill Pockets for cats, delicious treats with a hollowed out pocket. You simply insert the pill, close up the pocket and hold in the palm of your hand. Your trusting unsuspecting kitty cat will come up to you, sniff the treat and devour the tasty pocket and most importantly its Pill in no time flat. Alas, your Cat will get its medication, still feels like its the Boss, and will love you all the more!

And no more scars, yeahhhh! Pill Pockets for your precious kitty can be found in most pet supply stores, and veterinary clinics.


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  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    6 years ago from Winnipeg

    Thanks RTalloni, I have found these pill pockets to be a life saver, mine that is, lol... Appreciate the comment and link, have a great day!

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    6 years ago from the short journey

    Great stuff here. :)

    It is important to know the how to when it comes to medicating our cats. Would like to link this hub to mine on feral cats if you have no objection--thanks.

  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    6 years ago from Winnipeg

    Thanks for commenting stars439, yes my little darlings are definitely well looked after, I should be a cat, Lol.

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    6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

    Great hub. Your cat sure gets good care. GBY.

  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    6 years ago from Winnipeg

    Sometimes I wonder if maybe cats actually do know whats best for them, I think if I had nine lives I'd be inclined to rule the roost too. By the way, I had to look up perspicacious - of acute mental vision or discernment. That's my cats all over, but definitely not me, Lol.

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    6 years ago

    Carcro: It is amazing how perspicacious cats can be so tenacious in refusing what they need to live! Maybe they really believe the old story that they get nine lives to live.

    Thank you, voted up, etc.,


  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    6 years ago from Winnipeg

    Thanks Stephanie, you're so right, we'll do whatever it takes to help our furry little friends, and every cat is different from the whatever works is good!

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    Stephanie Henkel 

    6 years ago from USA

    Oh, what we go through for love of our cats! Pill pockets do work pretty well when giving the cat something he hates, though some cats will still manage to chew it open and spit out the pill. Our cat is very cooperative and will usually just let us push the pill to the back of his throat. With some meds, he'll even eat them mixed in his food. We do whatever works to keep our furry friends healthy! :)

  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    7 years ago from Winnipeg

    It has been a real blessing, my cats were tearing me apart when I tried to force feed them, and they're too smart to mix pills in their regular food. these pockets are fantastic! Thanks for comenting Wmod514

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    William Odell 

    7 years ago from Upstate South Carolina

    thanx carco...have a heck of a time with my cat, tried everything...will try this next !!

  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    7 years ago from Winnipeg

    Thnaks grandmapearl for commenting. Yes our little cats are very crafty. It's enough to make me smile just to think of just how cunning and smart they are! They are so special...I hope this helps you like it did for me.

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    Connie Smith 

    7 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    This was very helpful, thanks for the information on pill pockets. Everything you said was exactly what I've been through. I had to resort to tuna fish. Sometimes effective, but very messy. It didn't always work, though. I would find pieces of the pill on the floor after I was sure my cat had swallowed it, praised him for it, etc. They sure are crafty. I'm glad they don't need pills often, but now I have something much better to try. Thanks! By the way, I have 4 cats.

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    Paul Cronin 

    7 years ago from Winnipeg

    Thanks Victoria, I have three cats, one has allergy problems and needs to take pills a few times per year. She is a small cat, weighs 9 pounds. I use the Greenies Pill Pockets for Cats duck flavor (specifically for allergies). Don't use chicken flavor if your cat has allergies, chicken can actually be the cause of cat allergies.

    I found that its really important to seal the pill inside the pill pocket well. Make sure there are no openings or splits in the pocket. It should look like a smooth ball of yum to them. Once they have it in their mouth, they will chew it and swallow it, so it doesn't matter if the cats are small. The big thing is to make sure the pocket is sealed well before you give it to them. Hope that helps and thanks so much for commenting!

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    Victoria Lynn 

    7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    Hey, carcro, this is useful to many, as those pill pockets work. BUT, I do have some cats that I would have to pinch open their throats and push down the pill. But maybe you got a different, better tasting kind of pill. Also, I could cut it into pieces or dissolve the pill into their food. These DO work great for dogs, I think. I can put dog meds into a supposed treat for them, like Heartguard.

    What kind did you get for your cats? Voted this hub up! Maybe we can share more info, as I have 6 cats!!


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