Ah, giving medications to cats is the ultimate test of our cat-wrangling abilities. Even the most patient and committed cat lovers may find themselves tearing their hair out. From the spitting and hissing to the evasive moves, it’s easy to think you are dealing with a small tiger. But don’t worry, we have got your back.
The good news is that with the right approach, you can turn this misery into a breeze. And the key to success ? Of course, the pills will be hidden in something delicious. But it can’t just be any food; it has to be something your cat likes and something it can eat without worrying about the pills. And having those foods certified by the veterinarian is the icing on the cake.
That is why we have put together this handy guide to help you discover the top 5 foods that your cat will enjoy and in which you can hide their pills. With these tips, you’ll be able to outsmart even the most stubborn of cats, and make sure they get the care they need in the most stress-free way possible. So, let’s dive in and get to know the best foods to hide cat pills in.
1. Canned Tuna
Nothing stimulates our feline friends’ purring motors like the irresistible scent of fish. If they are given canned-tuna to eat, they will be as happy as if they had found water in the scorching desert. You must seize this golden opportunity, i.e. if you serve your cat’s pills hidden in this food, you will see that they will eat it without any fuss. Here’s how to make it work for you:
- Get a can of tuna and get ready to unleash your cat’s appetite. Open the can and drain the liquid, then crush the tuna into a crumbly, yummy mess with a fork.
- When the tuna is ready, add the pills and carefully mix it in. You can also add some water to help the pills dissolve properly.
- Give your cat the tuna mixture on a spoon, dish, or even a piece of bread. If your cat is skeptical, try slightly reheating the tuna in the microwave to boost the odor.
- Although canned tuna is vet-approved, each cat’s digestive tract is unique. Check to see whether your cat is allergic to canned tuna.
Even if your cat loves tuna and is not allergic, avoid feeding them too much tuna. Since tuna contains a high percentage of mercury, it is unhealthy to your cat if consumed in large quantities. To keep your cats intrigued, save this trick for special occasions instead. Only then will this trick be incredibly useful for hiding pills; also, try to maintain a balanced diet for your cat’s regular meals.
2. Cream Cheese
Who doesn’t enjoy a little cream cheese? It’s creamy and smooth, and when it comes to cats, we all know how much they love dairy products. But did you know that cream cheese can also be used to hide pills from your cat? If you’re unsure about how it works, here’s how you feed your cat by hiding pills in creamy cheese:
- Take a small scoop of cream cheese and roll it into a ball around the size of your cat’s pill. Make sure the ball is large enough to completely cover the pill, but not so large that it will be difficult for your cat to eat.
- Now comes the exciting part, hide the pill within the cream cheese ball. Make sure the cream cheese completely wraps the pill so your cat can’t tell there’s anything inside.
- Give your cat the cream cheese ball as a treat and watch them gobble it up without a second thought.
The lovely thing about cream cheese is that it is adaptable to different pill shapes and sizes. But it’s also worth noting that, since cream cheese is high in fat and calories, eating too much of it might lead to weight gain and other health issues in your cat.
3. Pill Pockets
Well, it’s no secret that cats are fussy eaters, and when it comes to pills, they want to avoid them by all means. But what if we told you there is a special treat designed for cats that contains pills that can hide the pills ? Yes, this particular type of treat is known as pill pockets.
When it comes to providing pills to your cat, pill pockets are a game changer. These treats come in a variety of flavors and are specifically designed to hold the pills, making it a simple and effective way to give your cat medication.
Pill Pocket is quite simple to use, however, we’ve described it here for your convenience:
- Just put the pill into the pill pocket and close it.
- Give your cat the pill pocket as a treat, and watch them devour it without hesitation.
- you know what the best part is ? You don’t have to bother about hiding the pill or mixing it in food.
While pill pockets are super easy to use, they are more expensive than the other alternatives on our list, so they should be used wisely. Also, be sure to check with your vet to make sure the pill pockets are safe for your cat and follow the recommended dosage for the medication.
4. Wet Cat Food
Veterinarians often recommend wet food to hide the pill. Moreover, cats prefer wet food more than dry food, and your furry friend is no exception. The soft texture and strong aroma of wet cat food can help mask the taste and smell of pills, making them easier for your cat to swallow.
So, it all comes down to one question, how do you hide the pills in wet cat food? It’s quite easy:
- Mix the pill with a tiny amount of wet cat food.
- Make sure to fully mix the pill so that it is equally spread in the food.
- Now, you can give the mixture to your cat as a special treat.
- Here’s a pro-tip: Use very appealing wet cat food that your cat adores. If your cat is a picky eater, you may need to try different brands or flavors until you find one that they’re willing to eat with the pill inside.
Of course, before you start hiding medication in your cat’s wet food, make sure to check with your vet to make sure it’s safe and appropriate for your furry friend’s dietary needs. And remember, wet cat food may not be the best option for cats who need to watch their weight or who are on a special diet.
Wet food is not only good for hiding pills, but it may also be used to break your cat’s habit of burying its food. Why do cats bury their food? Come take a look if you want to know what role wet food plays in this scenario or how to get rid of it.
5. Cooked Chicken
Who doesn’t enjoy a little chicken in their diet? If your cat enjoys meat, cooked chicken may be just the thing to help them hide their medication. It’s not only a good source of protein, but the texture and taste can make it a tempting approach to convincing your cat to take their pills.
Simply follow these easy steps to hide pills in cooked chicken:
- Cook and set aside a small piece of chicken to cool down.
- Cut the chicken into small pieces, then insert the pill.
- As a special treat, give your cat the chicken pieces.
If your cat enjoys meat, the stream is on your side, because there is rarely a better time to give your cat a pill. However, even though cooked chicken is high in protein, which is good for your cat’s overall muscle development, avoid adding any spices or other ingredients. This may cause more harm than good to your cat.
Make sure to check with your vet to ensure that it’s safe and appropriate for your cat’s specific needs. They may have additional tips or guidelines to make sure that you’re doing it safely and effectively.
Here is a video of hiding pills in cat food if you are more of a “watch to learn” kind of person.
You can help your cat take its pills easily with a little patience and the right foods. So why not give these vet-approved alternatives a shot? Who knows, maybe your cat will start looking forward to medication time as a special treat.
We have now completed our journey through the best foods to hide cat pills in. We hope you found it helpful and informative, and most importantly, we hope that it helps make pill time less stressful for you and your feline friend. Don’t forget to leave a comment and share the post to show your support for us as well.