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Registered: Aug 2003

posted 08-14-2003 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for laura2379     Edit/Delete Message
I have to give my cat oral pills and even though the vet showed me how to do it, I can not do it. Even when me and my boyfriend tag team the effort we cannt get her to take it.

Putting it in her food does not work b/c she wont eat it.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to do this? She does not eat treats so I cant put it in something like that.

thanks Laura

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posted 08-14-2003 09:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
I have heard others talk about "pill guns" which are supposed to make it much easier to pill a pet. I have'nt personally tried using one but maybe you can ask your vet about them and have him/her show you how to use one. I beleive they are available at stores such as Petsmart or Petco.

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From:Nova Scotia, Canada
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posted 08-15-2003 04:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cat     Edit/Delete Message

I've had to give my mom's cat (used to be my cat) pills for 7 years almost on a daily basis. She got used to it after a while. She was also quite smart and would not eat the food with a pill in it. We tried pill guns but found they were quite combersome as Nickle was such a small cat and very agile. We ended up giving her pills before her meal and our tactic was this....

We knelt on the floor and wedged the cat under us and held her with our knees. She can't back out from under you as her fur will brush the wrong way and your feet were closing the exit. She couldn't move forwards as we were holding her with our knees and our hands were blocking her way. We pried open her mouth with a finger - keep your finger between the molars to prevent the mouth closing and stick the pill in the very back of her mouth to she can't spit it out. Then close her mouth and keep it closed so she has no choice but to swallow it or let it dissolve.

Be very careful not to hurt her by overopening her mouth or when putting the pill in the back of the throat. This may take a few times to get it in. Just be patient and have some food ready afterwards to help it go down. Nickle would sometimes cheek the pill and spit it out later. So keep an eye out for it.

Good luck.

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posted 08-15-2003 04:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Isis     Edit/Delete Message
My mom's cat is a nightmare for taking pills, the vet even resorted to using very long tweezers to put the pill right down his throat otherwise he just kept it in his mouth until he frothed!
I have to admit the best way we found was to grind the pills down in a pestle and mortar and smear it into half cut open prawns!
A long and expensive process but did stop quite so many stitches for us!

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From:Portland, TN, USA
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posted 08-15-2003 08:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MistyGirl     Edit/Delete Message
My vet sold me a pill gun, and even though it does save your fingers from being bitten, it's kind of hard to handle.

The ONLY way I get pills down Misty is for someone strong to hold her under their arm and help me pry her mouth open. I then drop the pill down in the very back of her throat. Then I clamp her mouth shut and massage her neck until she swallows. She got very sneaky though and would hold the pill on the inside of her cheak until I let go! That's why it's important to get it as far back as possible.

Hope this helps...


Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function - Garrison Keiller

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From:sheridan, wy
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posted 08-15-2003 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
A pill popper is the best way with obstinate cats. They should sell them at a pet supply store. The pill goes in the end of the device, you put it in the cats mouth and push the plunger on the end which then shoots the pill down the throat. That is the best way I have found. They usually don't have a choice about swallowing it.

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posted 08-17-2003 09:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greypaw     Edit/Delete Message
I have to give one of my cats a pill twice a day and he is the most difficult cat cat I've ever come accross. To save the blood loss from me and to make life less fustrating and stressful for him I decided to get smart. I give him his medicine wrapped in cheese, and change the type of cheese to add variety. He mostly has smoke cheese. Of course the other cats crowd around of their treat of cheese too, so I think he thinks hes king tut the way he gets special treatment.

When he needed antibiotics recently I put the powdered pills in a little yogurt. My gamble worked, and he licked the bowl clean.

If you try this then test the food on the cat forst before adding the drug. I found that his normal cat food isn't any good for adding the pills - it has to be special yummy food.

Also try:

peanut butter
meat spread
vegemite/marmite or other yeast based spread

theres bound to be other foods.


(edited to fix what typos I could see)

[This message has been edited by Greypaw (edited 08-17-2003).]

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From:Columbus, Ohio
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posted 08-17-2003 11:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TKSche1     Edit/Delete Message
I had to give my kitten pills for a duration of about seven days. The only thing that worked for me was to dissolve them in a little half and half or regular milk. You wouldn't want to do this long term becuase milk isn't good for cats but a small amount short term didn't hurt her and the medicine did work. Not sure if you can do this with every type of pill.

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From:sheridan, wy
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posted 08-20-2003 11:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
I would be careful putting anitbiotics in milk or yogurt, b/c some antibiotics are inactivated by dairy products. This is true of human antibiotics, so I would assume it is the same for kitty ones. You might want to double check with your vet first.

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