Have you ever had to make your cat take a pill? If so, you know the struggle is real.
The last time we tried to give our cat a Benadryl it ended in pink foam all over the carpet and a very angry kitty.
You can buy those seemingly convenient pill pockets, but most cats can’t be fooled by these. And you could always try hiding the pill in some tuna or another favorite feline delicacy, but that rarely works either.
In fact, it’s so difficult to get a pill down a cat that many medications come in a shot that the vet can administer.
Luckily, Nick Filippou, the creative genius behind I iz Cat, has created a 10-step comic highlighting how to get a cat to take a pill. According to him, it just takes a little thought outside of the box, the cat box that is.
“I’ve given pills to my own cat and some shelter cats I volunteer at,” Nick explained to Bored Panda. “It’s never a fun experience, haha. It’s kind of always been a battle.”
Step 1: Put on some medieval armor… this is going to be a battle.
Step 2: Protect your weak spots. Your cat WILL go straight for the kill.
Step 3: After surviving the initial onslaught, toss a blanket or towel on the cat and wrap it nice and tight like a burrito… a burrito filled with claws and rage.
Step 4: At some point your cat will begin to cast dark spells.
Step 5: By now, your cat has likely spread its bat-like wings and has sprung free from your burrito cocoon… run for cover.
Step 6: While your fur demon begins its path of destruction, load the pill into something that can shoot it fast and accurately.
Step 7: Lock eyes with your cat. This is cat language for battle. Once eye contact is made, the cat will accept your invitation of war and swoop down towards you.
Step 8: Before you’re engulfed in flames, fire that pill into the beast’s mouth.
Step 9: If you’ve survived and the pill hit its target, your cat will return to the shadows. You have won this battle!
Step 10: Now get some rest… for tomorrow is a new day… and you’ll have to do that all over again.
In all seriousness, Nick does have some suggestions for getting a pill down your feisty kitty. He recommends trying a pill pusher, also referred to as a pet pill gun dispenser. Yet, getting that pill pusher in your cat’s mouth could lead to a battle of epic proportions.
Gear up for battle in long sleeves and get ready to stuff your cat in a towel, nice and tight like a burrito.
Nick also recommends using “little tricks [like] scuffing, wrapping the cat in a blanket, and popping the jaw open behind the back teeth. Still, once the pill goes in the mouth, it always pops back out,” he says with a laugh. “That’s the battle.”
Nick is a real-life cat lover. He currently has one cat named Minnie. “She was formerly was a feral cat from Little Flower Rescue, and I got to meet her as a volunteer. I fell in love immediately.”
He used to have two cats, but the other recently passed away.
“I had another former feral, named Sylvia, who sadly passed away last year. She was a tortoiseshell cat with three legs. I adopted both of them at the same time about four years ago. Sylvia had some serious tortitude… but she was a loyal and very cute cat. I miss her every day.”