Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 6, 2023 by Crystal Uys
When it comes to giving pills to pets, dog owners tend to have it easier. Put the pill in a little bit of peanut butter or cheese and most dogs will think they’re getting a treat and won’t argue with the owner. When it comes to cats, it’s usually not quite that simple. Rumor has it there are some cats who will allow their humans to pill them easily, but if my personal experience and that with veterinary clients is any indication, they’re few and far between.
Dr. Kristopher Chandroo, a veterinarian practicing at Orleans Veterinary Hospital in Ottawa, Canada, and creator of the website I Will Help Your Cat, hears from his clients over and over just how challenging it can be to medicate cats. He also experienced it when his own cat Zach was dealing with multiple illnesses. From his combined professional and personal experience, Dr. Kris developed a system that can help cat parents who feel overwhelmed with having to care for a sick cat.
“I treat the illness of cats every single week,” says Dr. Kris. “I see the stress and worry that people go through when their cats reject their best efforts. And I want you to have the same experience I had with Zack. An experience in which we can actually treat their illness with respect – and give them a fighting chance.”
Dr. Kris created “Stress to Success: The Essential Guide to Medicating Your Feisty, Grumpy or Reluctant Cat,” a comprehensive video course that helps cat parents regain control, make them less scared, and preserve or re-establish the precious bond between cat and human, which can often be damaged by the stress of having to medicate a reluctant cat.
The course features 17 HD videos (almost 4 hours.) You will learn about
- The 80% rule: 80% of the success in giving a medication to your cat happens hours or minutes before you even give a pill
- The four reasons why cats struggle with medication
- A customized approach to your cat’s individual preferences
- Why finding your cat’s “Bermuda Triangle” is the key to medicating your cat
- What emotional handling is, and why it is important
- The 3-second rule
- The olfactory kick start
This beautifully produced course offers both practical information and a step-by-step guide on how to medicate your cat, but more importantly, it offers emotional support for cat parents. By taking a look at why cats cats refuse to take medication, and approaching everything by keeping the cat’s point of view in mind, Dr. Kris guides the viewer to success without compromising the bond between cat and human. “You can’t force a cat to take a pill,” says Dr. Kris. “You can’t force a cat to do anything, but what you can do is to learn how, and why, a cat might agree, or even volunteer to let you do something.”
I highly recommend this course to every cat parent who is struggling with administering medications to a sick cat, and to anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of cats in general.
For more information about the course, please visit IWillHelpYourCatCourses.com.
FTC Disclosure: I received access to this course at no charge. Receiving complimentary access did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest and unbiased opinion.
About the author
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.