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How do you give a cat a daily pill?

Monday, March 03, 2014

I have tried as many ways as I can think of. Nothing works. He tastes it if I crush it and put it in food. He won't eat peanut butter. That was the last attempt. Pill pockets? Forget it.


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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/5/2014 6:47PM

    Sorry no idea

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MYTURNNOW2013 3/4/2014 11:28AM

    My vet also suggested put in on a little tiny baby spoon with meat flavored baby food and slide it into his mouth. Start by giving just the baby food so they identify that as a special treat.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 3/4/2014 12:43AM

    Since Tane's emergency surgery a week ago, he's needed some anti-vomiting meds and antibiotics. He can smell them the instant I open the bottle. I don't want to buy pill pockets (that probably not work because he's so incredibly smart) for just a weeks worth of pills. The anti-vomiting meds he had to take without food and that was tough. The antibiotics he takes with food. So I've tried to attach swallowing the nasty pill with getting his favorite canned food. I can't mix it in because he avoids every piece of food it has touched. But if I can get him to take it then he gets the food right after. To actually get him to swallow it, I sit on the floor, lay him on his back (he lays like that all the time and likes when I give him belly rubs so that's not a fight), then grab the scruff of his neck with one hand (this has a calming effect because it's how mothers carry their kittens). Then after several tries I can drop the pill far enough back in his mouth that he will swallow it. It is not fun, but it has to be done. He's a 16 pound cat and that's mostly muscle (he's a mutt of big breed cats), so I can only fight him so much before I get scratched or he risks getting hurt.

Essentially, if you can get it far enough back in their mouth they will swallow it, just like when we take meds we tilt our head back to get the pill to the back of our throats to swallow it easier. Then if you can reward the behavior (praise, petting, treats, and/or a small amount of their favorite food) they will attribute doing the awful task of swallowing it with getting something they want. No pet will take a pill willingly, but even a little easier is better than nothing.

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ARTJAC 3/3/2014 10:43PM

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DLYNCH86 3/3/2014 1:36PM

    My cats have been trained from a very early age that they will occasionally get the mushiest, smelliest, yummiest wet cat food - I let them have a small amount of it without the pill first then when they look for more I push the pill inside a piece of meaty/ fishy goo. Sometimes it takes a few goes for them to eat it but the wrestling routine is distressing to all concerned and gets worse every time - cats are trainable, it just takes a lot longer than dogs. Make sure they haven't had their usual amount of food earlier so they're looking for it. I have two hungry cats which does help.

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LIS193 3/3/2014 12:13PM

    Ask your vet if the medication comes in liquid form and then use a syringe to squirt it in the back of his throat. It worked like a dream when my cat needed antibiotics.

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SCOOTER4263 3/3/2014 11:52AM

    Kneel on the floor with the cat between your knees, or hold him under your arm like a football. You can also "burrito" the cat in a towel, but this makes the ordeal even greater. Grab his head and pry his mouth open by inserting the thumb and index finger of your left hand (assuming you're right handed) in the very corners of his mouth. Take the pill in your right hand, and as soon as you get his mouth open, put the pill on the back of his tongue and give it a gentle shove down his throat. Caution: it is possible to stuff the pill into his esophagus, or so I've heard, but I've never done this and I've pilled an awful lot of cats in my time.

With practice, you can do this in well under thirty seconds. The more matter-of-fact you are, the less suspicious the cat will be - you can get the pill down before he knows what hit him.

There's a long pill tool that you can get from the vet - personally I've never had much luck with them (probably because I'm not terribly coordinated) but some people sweaar by them.

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SIEGRID 3/3/2014 11:46AM

    Hubby and I used to do it together, also. He would hold Frodo and open his mouth by the corners, between the teeth and I would stuff the pill right to the back of the throat, so he couldn't spit it out.. You do have to watch those teeth, though....... emoticon
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DEB62BIE62 3/3/2014 11:38AM

    I did mine like GardenChris, but the shooter sounds great. May look into that next time.
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NANCYPAT1 3/3/2014 11:14AM

    With great skill and care - I was expecting one of those wonderful funny stories because to my knowledge there is no safe or easy way to do this.

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IAMWINNING 3/3/2014 11:08AM

    How do you give a cat a daily pill? Very carefully. emoticon

Sorry, been there, done that. Tried pretty much all the suggestions. I finally found that one of the 'shooter' things from the store helped a lot - putting that into the cat's mouth (to one side) and depressing the plunger.

Of course, with any of these suggestions, I would add that a thick bath towel wrapped around kitty's body and all four legs was also helpful.

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FELINA 3/3/2014 10:47AM

    I had a cat that needed pills twice daily, for life. I used a pill gun I got at the pet store. Worked like a charm.

Eventually he got so used to being pilled that I would just show him the pill and he'd open his mouth for me to pop it it without the gun!

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SANDRALEET 3/3/2014 9:32AM

    I hold mine down in a corner of the coach Open his mouth and put the bill in the back of his mouth

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WALLINMW 3/3/2014 9:19AM

  Stay motivated!

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GARDENCHRIS 3/3/2014 8:48AM

    you hold them down and pry open there mouth and drop the pill into the back of there throat and then massage there neck with out letting then go till it is gone.

very tricky!

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MADEIT3 3/3/2014 8:47AM

    This is easier if two people are doing it - one to hold the cat and one to hold her jaw. Otherwise, tuck the cat under your left arm (right if you are left handed). Put your thumb and forefinger on either side of the cat's jaw and press gently. She will open her mouth. Pop in the pill (this is why having two people makes this easier). Then close her mouth and stroke her throat until she swallows.

I've had to do this solo and it's difficult but always works. With my DH holding the cat, the whole process takes less than 30 seconds.

Lots of demonstrations on You Tube, such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=847
ikrHNrtQ

Good luck!!

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DRAGON-CHICK 3/3/2014 8:39AM

    Miss Kitty used to have t o take 2 pills, twice a day! SHOOT ME!!!!

I would take a tiny amount of a pill pocket, because it was sticky to put on the pill, then roll it in treat crumbs.


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