Submit Case Report

Do you wish to submit this report?

Submit Case Report

Prior to submitting please preview the report using the Save and Preview button.

Use the browser back button to return.

Cancel Case Report Assignment

Are you sure you wish to cancel your assignment to report on this case – all inputted data will be lost!

Delete Case

Do you want to delete this case?


Your login session has timed out.
Please login below.


01883 741440

Vets Telephone:

01883 741449

This site is optimised for modern web browsers, and does not fully support your version of Internet Explorer, some sections of the website may not work correctly such as web forms

Giving tablets to your cat

Giving tablets to your cat

Giving tablets to your cat can be stressful and few cats are co-operative. However it is very important that a course of medication is completed and if you are having any difficulty, simply contact the clinic – they will understand and try to help.

Can the tablet be given in or with food?

Some tablets are palatable and may be eaten voluntarily by your cat. Others can be hidden in a small amount of a favourite food (a small piece of butter, cheese, meat or fish) or even crushed and mixed with a tasty treat, making them much easier to give. However some tablets cannot be crushed or given with food, so always check with your vet.

Giving a tablet

Always handle your cat gently, work calmly and be reassuring. If your cat gets very stressed, contact your vet to explore alternatives. Someone gently holding your cat while you give the tablet can be very helpful. Alternatively it may be easier to wrap your cat in a large towel/blanket to keep them still and prevent you from being scratched.

  • Hold your cat using your hands, arms and body to keep it still and confined
  • Hold your cat’s head firmly but gently, placing your thumb and fore finger on either side of the jaw at the corner of the mouth
  • Holding this area firmly does not hurt your cat but gives you control of its head
  • Hold the pill between the thumb and forefinger of the other hand
  • Tilt the cat’s head so the nose is pointing up
  • Open the mouth using a finger on the row of tiny teeth at the front of the bottom jaw, gently pulling down
  • Once open, push the tablet to the back of the mouth as quickly as possible and release the head so the cat can swallow
  • The trick is to get the tablet as far back in the mouth as possible so your cat can only swallow it and not spit it out! 
  • ‘Pill poppers’ or ‘pill givers’ can be used to avoid the need for a finger in the cat’s mouth, some people find these easier
  • To help the pill go down and prevent problems, it is usually best to give a small amount of food or dribble a small amount of water into your cat’s mouth after a tablet is given – check with your vet what is best.

Arranging a referral for your pet

If you would like to refer your pet to see one of our Specialists please visit our Arranging a Referral page.


© Copyright North Downs Specialist Referrals


Committed to excellence