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How to give a cat a pill.....

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Pick up the cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holdiing a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks, while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

Retrieve pill from the floor and cat from under the chair. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat above process.

Retrieve cat from bedroom and throw soggy pill away.

Take new pill from foil wrap. Cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.

Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse in from the garden.

Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between the knees. Holding front and rear paws, ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold cat's head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make a note to buy a new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines from hearth and set aside for gluing later.

Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with it's head just visible from beneath spouse's armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force cat's mouth open with pencil and blow down straw.

Check label to make sure that pill is not harmful to humans. Drink glass of water to take taste away. Apply band-aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

Fetch screwdriver from garage and put door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to check and check for records for last tetnus shot. Throw t-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

Call the fire department to retrieve cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence when swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.

Tie the cat's front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining room table. Find heavy duty pruning gloves from garage. Force cat's mouth open with small trowel. Push pill into mouth, followed by a large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour 1/2 cup of water down throat to wash pill down.

Get spouse to drive you to emergency room. Sit quietly while doctor stitches finger and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Stop by furniture store on way home to order a new table

Arrange for vet to make housecall.
post #2 of 9
I just went through that for the first time last weekend! lol
post #3 of 9
I currently have to give 4 cats a quarter pill each night and morning. Because the pill is in quarters the taste is all too apparent. Each cat needs different treatment:

Wellington - because he is used to taking his asthma pill, he is the easiest, though he looks at me afterwards as he shakes his head violently as if to say - Mom, that was the wrong pill! That one was HORRID.

Persil - I wrap the pill in a piece of cheese. It usually takes about three attempts before she swallows the pill along with the cheese. She then runs away and I don't see her again for at least three hours. She has stopped sleeping on my bed.

Ellie - chicken wrapping works best, but often I find she has spat out the pill as she races upstairs drooling spit all over the floor. Then I do as I do for Dushka. She races upstairs again and drools spit all over my bed.

Dushka - the hardest and wisest to it all. There is no way to make her swallow a pill, whatever I coat it in. I have to grind it up and mix it with milk. then put it in a syringe. She then spits at least half out as I give it to her.

However it all seems to be working as they are definitely better and the urine does not smell bad any more.
post #4 of 9
That's hilarious! Gave me flashbacks to EVERY SINGLE TIME I've had to give Eppie some meds!!
post #5 of 9
That is the best thing ever!!! So true!!!

Now that its just me, I really hope Trout never needs pills again..that was not a pleasurable experience at all
post #6 of 9
I think mine have been reading this thread overnight (you never know what they get up to!) because they all took their meds like little lambs this morning.
post #7 of 9
lol, Tink has to get a pill twice a week for the rest of her life to keep her heart in good shape...so I'm all too familiar with this. Luckily she's gotten used to it (it's only been a year, lol!) and now I can just walk up to her, open her mouth, and pop it in.
post #8 of 9
Originally Posted by ugaimes View Post
That's hilarious! Gave me flashbacks to EVERY SINGLE TIME I've had to give Eppie some meds!!
..........so funnie!....
post #9 of 9
Believe it or not I HAVE found an easy solution to this from my vet!!

Cut a plastic needle syringe in half...the smaller kind the vet uses to give them their shots...place pill in syringe 1/3 of the way down...place cat on lap...open cat's mouth and waalaa, done within a second. No foaming at the mouth, no choking the kitty, no trying to hide it in food, no spitting it up. Afterwards I give Cody a treat and tell her she was a good girl. She doesn't mind it much anymore.

It's a MIRACLE!!!
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