Worming a cat

This tiny little thing is giving me a hard time! I have tried all the usual ways of worming this cat, but it has become a battle of wills :face_with_symbols_over_mouth: He was skin and bones when he arrived at our house, his bones are not too obvious now because he is being fed regularly, but the last week he is eating like a horse and not gaining weight!
Any foolproof way to get a tablet into him, please?

Have you tried crushing one up an sprinkling on wet food?

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There is a worming product available from French vets that comes in gel/cream form that I used to give to my cats but can’t remember what it’s called. It’s easy because you scruff them and then squirt it into their mouths. They can’t spit it out like a tablet so have to swallow it. It’s a bit expensive if I recall but, what you save on feeding a hungry cat, it’s worth it.
I expect you know this already, worming products are called vermifuge in France.
Izzy x


Actually, I recall using this too. I mixed it with some tuna and they ate it. It’s granules rather than a tablet.
Izzy x

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Swaddle him firmly with a towel or a blanket making sure he can’t get any of his feet out. Hold him on his back like you would a baby, open his mouth with the hand that’s holding him and drop the tablet in with the other. Hold him until you’re sure he’s swallowed, massaging his mouth a bit if you think he’s holding on to it.
It’s the surest way because they don’t always eat it when it’s mixed with wet food even if you open a tin of tuna.


In fact they seem to have an uncanny ability to eat around any medication you try to hide in their food.

Open their mouth wide, get the tablet as far back in their throat as possible and the swallow reflex will do the rest (helped by massaging their throat a bit).

Towel etc a good idea but can sometimes be dispensed with depending on how much of a fight they put up.

Be prepared for dirty looks for several minutes afterwards but some of their favourite food can help mend the relationship.


You can get a special syringe that is made for tablets. Makes it easier to get it to the back of the throat without losing your hands.
It’s cots a couple of euros from the vets and works with all my 3, including the wild one.


I have also got a liquids syringe that squirts stuff down back of pup’s throat.


Use a spot on, I use it on our 9, I use Droncit for worms and frontline or beaphar for fleas it’s so much easier just apply to the back of the neck, I have used them for 15 years.
Just don’t use Bob Martens for anything :face_with_raised_eyebrow:


Sorry, I couldn’t resist…

How To Give a Cat a Pill

Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on each 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.

Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat gently in left arm and repeat process.

Retrieve cat from bedroom, pick up and throw soggy pill away.

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 count of ten.

Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse in from garden.

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 cat’s mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat’s throat vigorously.

Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill out of foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep up shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set on one side for gluing later.

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 a pencil and blow into drinking straw.

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.

Retrieve cat from neighbor’s shed. Get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door just enough so that head is showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with plastic band.

Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Throw t-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

Call fire department to retrieve cat from tree across road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.

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 a large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour 2 pints of water down throat to wash pill down.

Get spouse to drive you to emergency room, drop off cat at vet clinic on the way. Sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearms and removes pill from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home and order new dining table.

How To Give a Dog a Pill
Wrap it in a piece of bacon and toss it.



@james , you need to read this!


I love that it really makes me laugh I first came across it on the library of halexandria (halexandria.org) :grinning:


I first saw it about 15 years ago and I remember crying with laughter. :rofl:


And me…sooooooo funny :joy::joy::joy:


@anon88169868 Paul’s swaddle in towel upfront idea is looking more attractive now.


I can assure you that they can and do spit out even the gel - my fleece is a witness to my cat’s extreme dislike to the gel/cream :rofl::rofl::rofl:


Oh dear!! I guess I was lucky that my cats accepted it then!!
Izzy x

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Thank you all for your suggestions, the syringe method is the only one l have not tried and I will look at the drops option also.
I had bought several tablets from the vet (I should have asked her to administer :woman_shrugging:) And it was becoming expensive! I normally leave my indoors cats’ left overs outside at night for another nervous stray and a hedgehog, so I also left the ‘doctored’ food out thinking Mr Ribs will eat it if he gets really hungry. Something/s are not so fussy and the dish is always empty in the morning! Could I be worming everyone but the one that needs it?