|Giving pills can be stressful for you and your cat. Here’s a way to make this task easier for both of you:
Give the pill at a time when your cat is relaxed. Approach her quietly and wrap your non-dominant hand around her body so that her tail is facing you. Use your non-dominant hand to gently move her head upwards. Then use the middle finger of your dominant hand to hold her lower jaw open and the thumb and index finger of that hand to pop the pill into the back of her mouth. Hold her head up and stroke her chin and throat. When you feel her throat muscles move and she licks her nose, she’s swallowed the pill.
Cat expert and animal communicator JaneA Kelley is the webmaster and chief cat slave for Paws and Effect, a weekly cat advice column by cats, for cats and their people.
May 18th, 2011