Just open their mouth, throw the pill into the back of their mouth, shut their mouth and blow into their eyes. They will blink then swallow the pill, but you got to be fast doing it. A vet taught me this trick. It has always worked for me.I haven't found animals to be naturally drawn to me anymore so than other people. Maybe I'm just not noticing though.
I'm currently house sitting for someone with two cats. Feral cats, that require pills twice a day. We're getting along so far, but it hasn't been super easy. Pill-time is horrendous. I'm just not naturally fond of cats. These cats are pretty relaxed around me most of the time, which is pretty rare for them, but I don't think that means anything.