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Social Butterfly September 9, 2004

Dr Dorota Pearson, DVM


Tips On Giving your Cats Medication

Tips On Giving your Cats Medication


Every day owners ask me the question, “how do I give a pill to my cat?”  I would like to give a few tips for cat owners:


  Check the label to make sure it’s appropriate for your cat and for the specific medical condition being treated.  Make sure that the medicine is not past its expiration date.

  Place the cat where he’s comfortable - on your lap or a textured surface such as the carpet, a couch, or a bed.

  Kneel or sit beside your cat with the pill in your right hand, between your thumb and forefinger.

  Place your left hand on your cats head.  Put your thumb behind the right canine tooth and you left index finger behind the left canine tooth.

  Lift the lips gently-don’t pinch-and place the middle finger of your right hand on the incisor teeth of the lower jaw.

  Open your cat’s mouth by pushing down on the lower jaw with the middle finger of your right hand while tilting the nose upward with your left hand.

  Deposit or drop the pill or capsule in the back of your cat’s mouth, behind the tongue.

  Close the mouth and quickly point the nose down at a sharp angle.  This will cause your cat to swallow automatically.


Good luck.  If you have further questions, call our staff at Pearson’s Animal Hospital at 598-2512. We’re here to help!