How to Give a Cat a Pill

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If dropping a pill into the center of a cat's mouth seems like an impossible mission, a pill shooter can help. Usually available from your veterinarian or pet supply store, it looks like a straw with a soft rubbery tip that encases the pill, and it won't hurt the cat. The other end functions like a syringe: Push it in, and it ejects the pill into the cat's mouth. Before you use a pill shooter, let your cat see, sniff and get familiar with it. Once you're ready, open your cat's mouth, place the shooter gently into the back of the mouth, and pop the pill. Hold the cat's mouth closed, stroking the throat until the pill is swallowed.

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