How to Give a Cat a Pill

Disclaimer: This is a joke. No cats were hurt in the making of this blog.

When my sister sent me this email, it reminded me of all the times I doctored my cats. As I raised short-legged Munchkins and curly-haired LaPerms, I became an expert at administering meds. If you decide to try medicating your own kitty, you could find yourself in a situation similar to this joke. And I guarantee, the cats always win. The Munchkins (see bottom picture) were very calm and took most things in stride. The LaPerms, however, had a mind of their own. The picture below is Big Bad Ricky and Sweet Lucy. Ricky was actually a total cuddle bug. He liked to pretend to be tough from time to time to keep the dog in its place.

How to Give a Cat a Pill

1.     Pick up cat 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 the 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 rail. 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 mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.

9.  Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans and drink one beer 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. Open another beer. 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 door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch bottle of scotch.  Pour shot, drink.

Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Apply whiskey compress to cheek to disinfect.

Toss back another shot. Throw tee-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom .

12. Call fire department to retrieve the #$%^&* cat from the top of the tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat.
Take last pill from foil wrap.

13. Using heavy-duty pruning gloves from shed, tie the little *&#%^'s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of filet steak. Be rough about it. Hold head vertically and pour two pints of water down
throat to wash pill down.

14. Consume remainder of scotch. Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room. Sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.

 15. Arrange for RSPCA to collect mutant cat from hell and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.

And for you dog owners, I included this.

 How To Give A Dog A Pill

1. Wrap it in bacon.

2. Toss it in the air.

3. All done!


  1. Hehe, my cat is more like a dog...wrap it in a little piece of fish...all done.

  2. You are lucky. Most of mine were pretty good but the kitty from hell was another matter. She also attacked anyone except me when she had a litter of kitties. She probably weighs 3-4 lb and would come flying out of her bed, growling and spitting. She had the sweetest babies though.

  3. ROTFLMAO! This is why I don't even try to give my cats pills. Useless...
    Now my puppy? Bacon, cheese, a slice of salami... it's all good.

  4. Yes, vets earn their pay. The saying we own dogs but cats own us is so true.

  5. HAHA. So true.

    My best friend is my cat's veterinarian. Last time we tried to give her a pill, it took both of us, with the cat wrapped in multiple towels, putting ALL of our body weight on her (she's only a 12 lb cat!).

    We still both were bitten, and the cat's official records now say "injections only".

  6. For some reason, they don't mind shots, but pills are another thing. The think I don't understand it the new vaccinations. You are supposed to squirt the liquid up their noses. Yeah, they like that. I request shots. LOL Thanks for visiting my site.

  7. wow, that was really entertaining, reminded me of my Dad once twirling a cat that jumped up in his lap and took a few licks of his spaghetti! LMAO that cat got ahold of his forearm and it was not pretty!