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Homemade Pill Pockets for Cats, 5 Easy & Practical Recipes (Vet approved)

Rachael Gerkensmeyer

By Rachael Gerkensmeyer

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Sometimes, our cats must take their medication in pill form to stay healthy and to live longer lives. The problem is that if your cat is like most, they probably do not enjoy taking pills and will quickly turn their nose up at any pill that you try to offer. It can be frustrating when a cat refuses to consume pills when they are needed for good health.

Luckily, you don’t have to fight your kitty to make sure that the pills are consumed when required. Thanks to pill pockets, your cat can enjoy what they think is a treat while consuming their medication. You just place a pill in a pill pocket, then offer it to your cat at snack time, and your cat should do the rest by gobbling it right up. You can buy pill pockets at the store and online, but why not make your own and save some money? Here are five recipes to try at home today.

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1. Bloodgood Japanese Maple

almond butter

Bloodgood Japanese Maple

This recipe is easy to make, requires minimal ingredients, and will provide your cat with extra fiber and protein. You don’t have to cook these pill pockets, and they can hold up well in the fridge for about a week.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course treats
Cuisine Cats
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 1 tbsp. almond butter

Instructions
 

  • Just place the ingredients in a small bowl, and use a spoon to mix them up until they become a thick paste.
  • Pull about a teaspoon’s worth of the paste out of the bowl, and roll it into a ball.
  • You can then push a pill into the paste, and then roll the paste into a ball again to completely cover the pill
  • Your kitty should have no problem accepting the almond-covered pill.

Notes

Image Credit: Justyna Pankowska, Shutterstock
Keyword bloodgood japanese maple, cats, homemade, pill pocket
Pros
  • Easy to make
  • Hold up well in the fridge
  • Hardy
Cons
  • Can be messy

2. Peanut Butter Pill Pockets

Main Ingredient: Peanut Butter
Servings: 6–8
Preparation Time: 30 Minutes

Most cats have a hard time resisting peanut butter, so these pill pockets should be a hit with your furry family member. While there is no need to bake these pills, they do have to be set in the fridge before they can be used.

Here are the ingredients that you will need to make a batch:
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup oats
  • 1 tbsp. water

Place the oats in the food processor to obtain a thin flour. Add the flour to a bowl, then add the water. Stir the ingredients together until the oats are well hydrated. Once the oats soften, add the peanut butter, and mix everything up until it forms into a ball of dough. Put the dough in your fridge, and let it rest for about 20 minutes, then you can use the mixture to make pill pockets and cover your cat’s medication.

Pros
  • Hard for cats to resist
  • Requires only basic ingredients
  • Easy to store
Cons
  • More carbs than ideal for a cat treat

3. Baked Tuna Pill Pockets

crushed or ground flax seed
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Main Ingredient: Tuna
Servings: 12
Preparation Time: 40 Minutes

If you want to stay away from fatty nuts and seeds to help manage your cat’s weight, consider making these tuna-rich pill pockets. They do require baking, but the result is a crunchy treat that can be stored on the counter or in a cupboard instead of taking up precious space in the fridge.

Gather the following ingredients to make this recipe:
  • 1/4 cup gownd flaxseed
  • 1 can of tuna in water with no added salt, drained
  • 1 egg

Place all the ingredients into a mixing bowl, and stir everything together until it forms a dough. Make 12 small balls out of the dough, and set the balls on a baking sheet. Bake the balls at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, then let them cool for another 15 minutes. They will then be ready to insert pills into and serve to your cat. Store in an air-tight container for up to 5 days in the fridge and up to a month in the freezer.

Pros
  • Has animal protein for added nutrition
  • Can be stored and used as treats
Cons
  • Takes more than 30 minutes to prepare

4. Coconut-Flavored Pill Pockets

Main Ingredient: Coconut Flour
Servings: 6–12
Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Believe it or not, cats tend to be fond of coconut, so these pill pockets should be a hit in your household. They are made with ingredients that you may not already have in the kitchen, but the ingredients go a long way, so once you stock up, you should be able to make new pill pockets regularly for months.

Check out what you’ll need:
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1/8 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp. sunflower butter
  • 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed

Just put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, then use a spoon to stir everything together until well combined. Place the mixture in your fridge for about 5 minutes so it can firm up. Then, roll small pieces of the mixture into balls, and form the space to place your cat’s pills inside the balls as you work.

Pros
  • Has unique ingredients
  • Requires minimal tools
Cons
  • High in fat content

5. Fancy Feast Pill Pockets

Main Ingredient: Chicken/Fish
Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 2 Minutes

If you don’t have enough time to make homemade pill pockets for your cat or you just don’t want to, Fancy Feast can make for a great option on the fly. You don’t need any fancy tools or ingredients to make this work.

All you need is:
  • 1 3-oz. can of Fancy Feast

All you must do is use a teaspoon to take a little bit of food out of the Fancy Feast can, then place your cat’s pill on top of the food. Use your hands to mold the food around your cat’s pill, and the pill should disappear.

Pros
  • Super-easy recipe
  • Requires minimal prep time
Cons
  • Not as sustainable as some other options on this list

Conclusion

Pill pockets can make life easier for everyone involved if your cat must take pills regularly and doesn’t like doing so. Luckily, there are many great recipe options to choose from, so if your cat does not like one option, you can always try another until you find one that works for your cat. Just remember that pill pockets should not be considered food; they are nothing more than a way to get your cat to take their pills, however, they do provide extra calories that should be considered in the cat’s daily allowance, especially if the treatment is long-term. While these recipes are formulated with cat-safe ingredients, always consult your veterinarian before adding anything to a cat’s diet, especially if they are on medical treatment.

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