Review: DIY Capsule Kit for Cats

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Rumor has it there are some cats who take pills easily, but if my personal experience and that with my readers’ and clients’ cats is any indication, they’re few and far between.

There are multiple options for pilling cats, from quickly shoving the pill deep into the cat’s mouth to using a pill gun to pill pockets to crushing up the pill and mixing it with a small amount of food (caution: the latter may not be appropriate for all types of medication, check with your veterinarian to be sure). Many medications are also available in liquid form, which may make dosing easier for some cat owners. Some can even be compounded into tuna or chicken flavored liquids. Some medications can be compounded into a transdermal cream that is rubbed on the inside of the cat’s ear.

Gelatin capsules make giving medications easier

One option that is often overlooked when it comes to pilling cats are gelatin capsules. These empty gel caps come in different sizes. Since they’re capsules, they’re easier to administer and slide down the cat’s esophagus more easily than pills. They are especially useful for cats who are taking multiple medications at the same time: simply open the capsule, put all the meds in the capsule together, and administer. Instead of having to give multiple pills, you only have to pill your cat once.

Gel caps also help avoid the dangers of “dry pilling” (giving pills without following with a syringe full of water,) a practice that can cause serious damage to the delicate lining of the esophagus.

Capsuline CATcaps: flavored gel caps  for cats

Capsuline, a manufacturer of hardshell gelatin, vegetable and flavored capsules, has taken the gel cap concept one step further and has added flavoring to the capsules, making administration even easier. CATCaps™ are made with BSE free 100% bovine pharmaceutical-grade gelatin and water. They come in chicken and bacon flavors.

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I used gel caps extensively with all of my previous cats, and I wish I had had the flavored versions available back then. Even though the unflavored caps worked well for us, I’m sure that the experience of being pilled would have been even more pleasant for my cats with a little flavor added.

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DIY Capsule Kit for Cats

The cleverly designed CATCaps™ capsule kit makes filling the empty gel caps super easy. Simply separate the capsules and place the longer half in the holes. Use the microspoon provided with the kit to fill the empty gel cap with medication or powder. Press the top of the capsule down on the longer piece. Make sure you feel a little snap to ensure a tight seal. That’s it!

Even though Allegra and Ruby are both relatively easy to pill, I wasn’t going to shove an empty caspule down their throats for the sake of a product review, but they both showed quite a bit of interest in the capsules, so I’m guessing the chicken flavor is pretty strong (and no, I wasn’t willing to taste one myself for the sake of this review…)

For more information about The DIY Capsule Kit for Cats, and to purchase, please visit their website.

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FTC Disclosure: I received this product for review at no charge. I also received a fee for writing this review. Receiving the free product and the fee did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest and unbiased opinion, or, as the case may be, Allegra and Ruby’s honest and unbiased opinion.

6 Comments on Review: DIY Capsule Kit for Cats

  1. Cheri Collins
    August 14, 2018 at 4:53 pm (1 year ago)

    The only cat I’ve met who was easy to pill was also able to spit the pill out 20 mins. later. I get my cats’ meds compounded now — liquid, soft chew, ear gel. Life is easier! I would try these gel caps if I ever have a cat I can pill again.

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  2. Ann
    August 14, 2018 at 2:42 pm (1 year ago)

    This is exactly the kind of solution that I’ve been looking for. My older girl won’t take any meds without a huge struggle — even liquids. And she won’t take Pill Pockets. When I’ve had to give her solid pills & expressed concern about the effect on her throat, the vet was fairly casual. She never suggested the syringe of water (which I finally figured out myself). This is one of the most useful posts I’ve seen! I’m ordering some. Thank you.

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    • Ingrid
      August 15, 2018 at 5:25 am (1 year ago)

      I’m so glad this was helpful for you, Ann. Sadly, far too many vets don’t seem to be concerned about “dry pilling.”

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  3. Krista
    August 14, 2018 at 10:45 am (1 year ago)

    They are a game changer for me! Wish I had found them years ago. I wrap the caps in part of a pill pocket to help them slide down our kitty’s throat. Highly recommend! Love that I can stuff multiple meds in one cap. Especially helpful for bitter tasting meds like prednisolone

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  4. HollyAnne
    August 14, 2018 at 8:08 am (1 year ago)

    What a fantastic idea! That’s a manufacturer that’s really thinking about the cats. Saving for the next time I have to pill my bad girl 😉

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  5. Janine
    August 14, 2018 at 7:51 am (1 year ago)

    This is interesting. Miss Kiki is impossible to give pills too. Pono would take them wrapped in a pill pocket, but towards the end of life, he started refusing them.

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