How to Get a Cat to Take Drontal

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How to Get a Cat to Take Drontal
Drontal for Cats (Public Domain, Wikipedia)

Cats that have internal parasites such as tapeworms, hookworms and large roundworms can be treated with Drontal. Your cat's veterinarian can assist you with diagnosing the parasites. Drontal comes in pill form. Dosage is based on a cat's weight and can range from half of a pill for cats that weigh 0.907 to 1.36 Kilogram, to two pills for cats that weigh 13 to 16 pounds. No matter the dosage your cat needs, getting your cat to take a pill can be a bit tricky if you have never done it before.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Drontal
  • Towel or small blanket
  • Small bowl
  • Butter

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Coat the correct dosage of Drontal with butter. This will make it easier for your cat to swallow. It will also make it a bit slippery to hold. Place the pill in a small bowl or on a plate.

  2. 2

    Place your cat on your lap. Cats that tend to scratch or try to escape from being held can be wrapped in a small blanket or towel first.

  3. 3

    Secure your cat firmly and pick up the pill. Hold it between your right index finger and thumb.

  4. 4

    Place your left thumb and forefinger on your cat's mouth and gently lift back her gums.

  5. 5

    Apply a bit of gentle pressure behind her right and left canine teeth.

  6. 6

    Push down on your cat's lower jaw with your right hand's middle finger.

  7. 7

    Place the pill in the back of your cat's mouth, past the hump in her tongue.

  8. 8

    Close her mouth and point her head down. Don't allow your cat to open her mouth and spit out the pill. Keep gentle pressure on her mouth and massage her throat.

  9. 9

    Watch for your cat's tongue to slip out of her mouth. This sign indicates the pill has been swallowed.

Tips and warnings

  • Approaching a cat with a calm attitude can go far in keeping a cat calm. If a cat senses you are nervous about giving her a pill, she will be nervous, too.

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