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Giving Your Cat a Tablet

  • Cat hidingPut your cat on a towel on a table or on a rug on the floor – this gives it something to cling on to.
  • Gently open its mouth and insert the tablet right at the back of its tongue.
  • If the cat tries to scratch you, wrap its body and legs in a towel, leaving only its head sticking out.  You might find it easier if a second person helps by gently restraining the cat’s front legs to prevent it rearing up and scratching.
  • You can encourage a cat’s mouth open by applying gentle pressure with your thumb and forefinger on either side of its face at the space between its teeth.
  • Close the cat’s mouth, return its head to normal position, and encourage it to swallow by blowing very gently on its nose or massaging its throat.

Making It Easier

  • Some animals will be more willing to take a tablet if it is wrapped inside one of the commercially available soft treats.  They will be enjoying the tasty treat too much to notice that they have also eaten the tablet!
  • When hiding tablets in food, do not  give the cat its whole meal. If it is meal time your cat will be hungry enough that if you put a small amount of his/her food down with the tablet your cat will scoff it down and not notice the tablet and you will know that he/she has eaten the whole tablet.  It is  best not to hover over your cat too much either or he/she will sense something is going on so best to walk out of the room for 10mins!
  • Once the tablet has gone give your cat the rest of their food. Hiding a small tablet in a big bowl of food makes it very hard to know if your cat has eaten it or not.
  • Always try and medicate your cat (giving tablets, eye drops, flea control etc)on a raised surface.
  • On the floor your cat will have the upper hand as it is very easy to plan his/her getaway!
  • On a table or work surface it is more likely to be an unfamiliar situation for your cat so he/she will do what cats do in new territory which is freeze, take in his/her surroundings and plan his/her escape.

All of this will not take long but it is usually long enough for you to do what you need to do!


You must be sure that your pet has swallowed the tablet or medicine, as some pets will appear to have eaten something only to spit it out when you are not looking. 


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