Crush the tablet in to a small (table spoon) amount of food and mix well, we advise this over their normal amount of food as some cats will eat around the part with the tablet inside, after your cat has finished the mixed portion they can then be offered the rest as normal.
The easiest way to give your cat a pill is to hide the pill in food. This usually works best if the pill is hidden in a small amount of wet cat food, tuna, or a soft treat that can be molded around the pill (i.e., Pill Pockets™).
Using a plastic tableting instrument bought cheaply from your local vet clinic, tip your cat’s head back so that their nose points to the ceiling, gently opening the mouth before popping the tablet behind the tongue and quickly stroking the throat to encourage swallowing.
The easiest way to give your cat liquid medication is to mix it in with some canned food. To ensure that your cat swallows all of the medication, it is best to mix it into a small amount of canned food that you feed by hand, rather than mixing it into a full bowl of food that the cat may not completely eat.
Cats also do not like bitter-tasting drugs. Flavors that cats respond well to include fish (e.g., tuna, salmon, shrimp, whitefish, sardine), bacon, beef, and chicken. Dogs like meat, cheese, and sweet flavors. They especially enjoy flavors such as bubblegum and peanut butter.
Some recommendations for food in which you might hide pill include: canned cat food, strained meat (human) baby food, tuna or other canned fish, plain yogurt, Pill Pockets™, cream cheese or butter. Butter is helpful because it coats the pill and eases swallowing.
If you’re worried that the worming tablet is too big for them to swallow whole, just snap or break it in half. Little and often is best – but if you find that you or your cat (or both of you!) are getting stressed, just take a break and try again later. If you’re really struggling, ask your vet to lend a helping hand.
Use a pill-popper or syringe. You can find a pill-popper or syringe at most pet stores. The syringe is for pills that can be crushed and mixed with water.
Use your index finger to place the pill in the middle of their tongue, as far back as you can. Close your cat’s mouth, gently rub their throat for a few seconds and then return their head to a normal position and wait for them to lick their lips as they swallow.
After finding a comfortable grip, tilt the cat’s head back. It will often drop its lower jaw open. Insert the pill at the end of the pilling device over the base of the tongue. If the cat doesn’t open its mouth, use the middle finger of the hand holding the pilling device to open the lower jaw.
WormEze Liquid For Dogs & Cats, 8 oz. Durvet WormEze is a liquid dog and cat wormer for use in food or drinking water for the removal of large roundworms (ascarids) (Toxocara canis, Toxocara cati, Toxascaris leonina). For dogs, cats, puppies & kittens 6 weeks and older.
Tablets can be given orally or crumbled and mixed with a small amount of food.
But, as Animal Planet points out, “unless your vet recommends it, never crush or grind pills to put in food or water. Crushed medication can taste bitter, so your cat won’t get the full dosage.” Always get your vet’s express permission before administering medicine for cats this way.
Take this medicine with meals, especially with food containing fat, to help your body absorb the medicine better. You may crush or chew the tablet and swallow it with water.
There are 6 natural dewormers for cats: Carrots, Turmeric, Chamomile, Pumpkin seeds, Coconut, and Apple cider vinegar.
How is praziquantel given? Praziquantel is given by mouth in the form of a tablet. It can be given with or without food, but your pet should not be fasted when giving this medication. The tablet can be crushed and mixed with food, but you must ensure that your pet swallows the entire dose.
Most cats will not eat medicated food or medication mixed into liquids. One product that overcomes this is Pill Pockets or any of the copy cat products. These are attractive cat food treats that are shaped into a pocket and are the consistency of Play-doh.
Cats also have very complex amino acid (umami/Tas1r1) taste receptors, which might also be involved in their violent distaste for medications. They also have very sensitive “mouth feel” – a quick response as to whether things in their mouth need to be swallowed or spit out.
The most popular are seafood and poultry: salmon, tuna, whitefish, shrimp, chicken and turkey. Look for a wet cat food that has chunks of meat or fish blended with gravy for a smooth and easy-to-digest texture. The food should be protein-rich and have a nice aroma the cat enjoys.
Liquid medications can also be flavored to entice your pet. Fun fact—Wedgewood Pharmacy swears that cats prefer the flavor combination of “chicken marshmallow” over all others.
Cheese is not a natural part of a cat’s diet. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they can only get necessary nutrients from meat. But even though cheese is also high in protein, it can upset a cat’s delicate digestive system. The reason for this is that cats don’t tolerate dairy very well.