When I first got my kitties, they had bad colds so I had to give them a little pill twice a day for several days. I hated this, because I felt like we were starting out on the wrong foot! I didn't want them to hate me right off the bat. (It was fine in the end, though. I think they like me. :-) Or they just like me to feed them, one of the two.)
I would try to push the pill down their throats, massaging it so they'd be forced to swallow. When it seemed like the deed was done, I would let them down. They would promptly go over to the living room and spit out the little white pill.
Now, for comparison, take the puppy we recently got.
She had a mild parasite when we got her. We had to give her a pill every day for a week. Remembering the ordeal with the cats, I decided to get these things called Pill Pockets. Basically, it's a treat that has an opening where you can hide a pill. Jera loved them. Every time she saw my hand reach for the Pill Pockets bag on the top of the fridge, she went beside herself with excitement. Tail wagging, jumping up and down. Oh boy! Oh boy! A treat!!
One evening I gave her the Pill Pocket with the capsule neatly disguised inside. Jera, literally quivering with excitement, munched on it happily. She was so wild with her munching that the pill fell out and hit the kitchen floor. Oops! Jera, however, know that a piece of her Delicious Treat had fallen to the ground. So she immediately gobbled the pill up without a second thought.
There, my friends, you have a difference between cats and dogs.
Oh, they make Pill Pockets for cats, too. I have my doubts as to whether the cat would indeed be tricked into eating a pill like that. I know mine wouldn't fall for it.