Hm. I have had fair luck with small pills coated with butter. Real butter, not margarine or "spread". Take cat by scruff, holding firmly against my own body with my arm, get that mouth open a bit and slide the pill (very slippery) in at the side/back. Hold the mouth shut and very gently massage the throat until I see/feel the cat swallow. Then give a treat, something special and delicious.
It's not a popular thing, but it has worked for me. I cannot imagine giving any pill or meds to my semi-feral cat, though!
Best of luck to you. I agree that a dry pill, especially a broken one with sharp edges, would be horrid - both feel and taste.