How To Give A Cat A Pill

Posted in Pets at 8:00 am by Rebekah


I have a cat named Ginger. He’s a sweetie, but hasn’t been too happy with me for the past couple of days, as I took him in to the vet on Friday to get some dental work done. After getting three teeth pulled, he’s been on antibiotics and pain killers…or at least, he’s supposed to be, provided that I can get the pills down his throat. He won’t eat them even when they’re wrapped in food.


Ginger, playing one of his favorite games: trying to figure out why the bathtub drain sometimes gurgles

This reminded me of something I read in a magazine a while back, called “How To Give A Cat A Pill” (from Loose Threads, March 2000). The following is obviously not meant to be taken seriously, but perhaps those of you who have cats and have tried in vain to give your poor cat a pill can find some humor in this. 🙂


  1. Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat’s mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.
  2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.
  3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.
  4. 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.
  5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl, and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse in from garden.
  6. 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 figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.
  8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force cat’s mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.
  9. Check label to make sure pill is 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 elastic band.
  11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of your last tetanus shot. Throw T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.
  12. Ring fire brigade to retrieve cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.
  13. Tie cat’s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to let of dining table; find heavy-duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour two pints of water down cat’s throat to wash pill down.
  14. Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room; sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm, and remove pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.
  15. Arrange for SPCA to collect cat, and ring local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.


  1. Wrap it in cheese.