How do I give my cat a pill?

He’s supposed to have 1/2 Childrens chewable Asperin. I tried putting it in some salmon but he wouldn’t eat it?

Answer #1

There are “pill pockets” make of tuna or something where you just slip the pill in side of it and close it up the cats and dogs take the pill and think it is food…get them at any petmart or pet food store. Or use small soft treat and cut in half and place inside and cover back up the pill…

Answer #2

I just grab her, put I her in my lap, iwth my left hand I reach around and grab the sides of her mouth and drop the pill in towards the back of her mouth with the other hand. she does the flicky tongue thing trying to push the pill out so try to hold her head backwards. she won’t shoke don’t worry. cats are crafty. just let her lean up a little. Most of the time this works with my cat from the first time, rarely she gets to spit it out. she NECVER eats the pills in her food so that rarely works

Answer #3

They have something called pill pockets where it’s a treat with a little opening at one end, you stick the pill in, then squish the end down. You could try that.

Answer #4

HAHA OMG. dont listen to sanditegurl. shes dumb.

I crush the pill up and put it in that…canned food stuff. yepp.

Answer #5

you have someone hold it town and steadily insert it into the rectum. this will cause the cat absolutely no pain and the pills will work more efficiently.

Answer #6

I just hold my cat, opn his mouth an push the pill down his throat then he as no choice but 2 swalow it, it does sound crewl but I’ve got no choice, :( he wud more likely 2 die if he didnt take em!! an hes on em 4 da rest of his life! x

Answer #7

One of my cats is taking thryoid pills and he will eat them if I crush them in canned meat, which is a treat for him because he usually gets dried food. However, when I do the same with his de-worming pills, he will not touch it. So that one involved two of us, one holding his mouth open and the other trying to get it to the back of his throat.. lol.

Answer #8

Try cheese or peanut butter or anything else you think your cat will like. Just put it in his/her food bowl, or you could talk to his/her vet.

Answer #9

Try pulverizing it, and mix it with strawberry-banana yogurt.

Answer #10

if he’s not eating it when you put it in his food, then you should just open his mouth and place it down his throat with your finger. sounds kinda gross, but it’s not that bad. my mom’s a vet and I’ve seen her give our cats pills like that all the time.

Answer #11

Magic, that was great! thanks for laugh, all cat owners can relate to that!

Answer #12

smash it and the put it in their food that’s hat I do with my cat!

I hope my advice helped!!

Answer #13

put it in peanut butter and have him lick it off your finger.

Answer #14


  1. Sit on sofa. Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your elbow as though you were going to give a bottle to a baby. Talk softly to it.

  2. With right hand, position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat’s mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. (be patient) As cat opens mouth pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow. Drop pill into mouth. Let go of cat, noticing the direction it runs.

  3. Pick the pill up off the floor and go get the cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process. Sit on floor in kitchen, wrap arm around cat as before, drop pill in mouth. Let go of cat, noticing the direction it runs.

  4. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away. Scoot across floor to pick up pill, and go find the cat. Bring it back into the kitchen. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten. Drop pill into mouth.

  5. Pry claws from back legs out of your arm. Go get the cat, pick up half-dissolved pill from floor and drop it into garbage can.

  6. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of closet. Call spouse from backyard. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat’s throat vigorously.

  7. Retrieve cat from curtain rod, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered Doulton figures from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

  8. Get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.

  9. Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink glass of water to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse’s forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

  10. Retrieve cat from neighbor’s shed. Get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with rubber band.

  11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Throw T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

  12. Call fire department to retrieve cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take another pill from foil wrap.

  13. Tie cat’s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed, force cat’s mouth open with small spanner. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour one cup of water down throat to wash pill down.

  14. Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call at furniture shop on way home to order new table.

  15. Get last pill from bottle. Go into bathroom and get a fluffy towel. Stay in the bathroom with the cat, and close the door.

  16. Sit on bathroom floor, wrap towel around kitty, leaving only his head exposed. Cradle kitty in the crook of your arm, and pick up pill off of counter.

  17. Retrieve cat from top of shower door (you didn’t know that cats can jump 5 feet straight up in the air, did you?), and wrap towel around it a little tighter, making sure its paws can’t come out this time. With fingers at either side of its jaw, pry it open and pop pill into mouth. Quickly close mouth (his, not yours).

  18. Sit on floor with cat in your lap, stroking it under the chin and talking gently to it for at least a half hour, while the pill dissolves.

  19. Unwrap towel, open bathroom door. Wash off scratches in warm soapy water, comb your hair, and go find something to occupy your time for 7-1/2 hours.

  20. Arrange for SPCA to get cat and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.

More Like This

Pets and Animals

Pet Care, Animal Behavior, Veterinary Medicine

Ask an advisor one-on-one!

Worthy Cat

Pet Supplies, Subscription Boxes, Toys and Treats


My Cat Backpack

Cat carriers and backpacks, Pet accessories, Pet travel supplies


My Best Cat Food

Cat Food Reviews, Cat Care Tips, Cat Accessories


Reigning Cats & Dogs

Pet Grooming, Pet Boarding, Kennel


Pets Feed

Pets, Animals, Pet Care