How Do You Give Your Cat a Pill?

Give a cat a pill by asking a friend to restrain the cat on a firm surface while you hold the top of the cat’s head and open his mouth to place the pill on the back of his tongue. Then close the cat’s mouth and rub his throat.

To give a cat a pill, use pill treats or a cat food meatball. If the cat must take the pill on an empty stomach, wrap the cat in a towel, open the cat’s mouth by pressing on the jaw, and place the pill in the cat’s mouth.

  1. Restrain the cat

    Choose a surface that’s firm and nonslippery and ask your friend to hold the cat in an upright position in front of but facing away from her. Have your friend hold the cat on his sides just above his elbows.

  2. Insert the pill

    Place the pill in your hand between your thumb and forefinger. Place your hand on top of the cat’s head, just in front of the ears, and tilt his head up gently. Lower the cat’s jaw with the middle finger of the hand holding the pill. Quickly place the pill as far back on the tongue of the cat as possible.

  3. Close the cat’s jaw

    Hold the cat’s jaw closed for a few seconds and rub his throat gently until he tries to lick his lips or nose.

  4. Repeat the process

    If the cat spits out the pill, repeat these steps until the pill makes it way down his throat.

  1. Put the pill in a treat

    The easiest way to give a cat a pill is to put the pill in a special treat designed to hold pills. Alternatively, roll soft cat food into a meatball, and put the pill in the meatball.

  2. Wrap the cat in a towel

    For pills that must be consumed on an empty stomach, wrap a towel around the cat’s body to restrain the limbs and prevent scratches. Hold the cat to keep him still.

  3. Open the cat’s mouth and administer the pill

    Use your thumb and forefinger to press on the sides of the cat’s jaw to open the mouth. Place the pill on the back of the tongue, then close the cat’s mouth.