How to give a cat a pill

A friend sent me this. Some may have seen it. But I like it.

How to give a cat a pill

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 fore-finger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.

5) Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse 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 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, 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 neighbour’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 door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus jab. Throw T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12) Ring fire brigade to retrieve cat from tree across the road. Apologise to neighbour 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 leg 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 2 pints of water down throat to wash pill down.

14) 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 cat and ring local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.


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11 Responses to How to give a cat a pill

  1. IsobelandCat says:

    Yes I think I put this on MyT once. It is a favourite.
    But the version I was sent had another line at the end:
    How to give a dog a pill: wrap it in bacon.

  2. valzone says:

    Brilliant Jan, I can’t stop laughing.

  3. Pseu says:


    (I have to tablet J twice a day..)

  4. IsobelandCat says:

    Cat has his medicine in prawns. That’s the one way I know he’ll have it.

    • janh1 says:

      Now that’s a plan, Is. Tiger prawns or just plain Young’s frozen prawns?

      I was watching Masterchef the other night and learned how to de-vein a prawn. I will only serve the best pill/prawn combo to the kittens πŸ™‚

  5. IsobelandCat says:

    Sorry, not Is. Iso to some, but that’s as short as I go.
    Cheap frozen prawns from Iceland or Sainsbury’s, though I know a retired fishmonger who still helps out at Billingsgate Seafood Training School who gives me fresh prawns of excellent quality for Cat.
    Also I get the bags of frozen unspecified whitefish from the supermarkets and cook them for him from time to time, especially after one of his tummy episodes, so I know his food won’t have additives.

  6. janh1 says:

    πŸ™‚ Fair enough, Isobel. I go right down to J meself.

    No wonder Cat always looks so contented!

  7. IsobelandCat says:

    Trouble is, I is just a pronoun…

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