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post #1 of 26
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I need to know if the only treatment for tapeworms is giving your cats $10 worth of pills that they won`t take? Is there no liquid med that can be administered with an eye dropper....or better yet A SHOT?
If I find out there is an easier way to worm a cat than with pills....I think I am going to shoot him at sunrise, which is less than 2 hours away! (Shoot the VET...not the cat!)
I DID READ "HOW TO PILL YOUR CAT" on here in the health section....AFTER trying to pill the first cat.(I have to do all 3 of the cats!)
What I have finally done is to crush the wet pills (from 3 different attempts to pill the cat) and add them to a little bit of wet cat food, which the cat would NOT eat. I wrapped it and stuck it in the friDge overnight, hoping that the cat might be hungry enough by morning to eat it. (Took thier dry food and put it away for the night so they`d be ready to eat , which they are now)......but what did the article on pilling your cat mean when it said something about the pills having a coating and without it the meds could make your cat FOAM???Shall I try to give the medicated food to the cat or not? And I hate to waste the other pills for the other cats if there is an easier way (Shots) to get them wormed...don`t even know if my vet would give me back the $20 for the other 2 cats.
FRUSTRATING!!!!!!
HELP! Linda
post #2 of 26
Not sure if it's available in the US, but over here we have a spot on wormer called Profender - applied to back of the neck like flea treatments.
post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your input.....and TRUST ME.....when I go to pick up the second round of meds today for Tedy (had to throw the food out that I put the first round in that he would`nt eat after failing to get him to just swallow them)...I will most certainly ask the vet if there is another way to do this other than pills if we ever have to do it again!!!
If there is....I`ll have them write on the cats charts to NEVER give us pills again if there is another way to treat "whatever" they need meds for!
We did get the pills down Toby and Tawny...finally....but it was tramatic for us and for them...especially since it was 2 pills each instead of just 1.....so you finally get one down them, and have to turn around and do a second one!
I`m sure that is scary from their end...probably feels like the people who are supposed to love you are trying to choke you to death! I hated it as much as they did. I feel like a really MEAN MOM! (Poor babies!)
Linda
post #4 of 26
I had to give pills to Mittens once, and got a really nasty scratch on my leg.

So, I learned from that! I put one finger in her mouth to keep it open, and the other hand had the dreaded pill that I almost shoved down her throat. She knew I had to give her medicine, she knew she was sick, but she gave me a hard time anyway.
post #5 of 26
You can use Panacur or Revolution for tapeworm, but the most common dewormer for tapes is Drontal which is a yellowish colored pill.
post #6 of 26
It depends on what kind of worm problem you are having... Revolution (a topical product) kills hookworms and roundworms in cats. It does not get rid of tape worms though... They do have a shot you can give, but it has to be given 3 times (I think its every day or every other day)There are also liquids called strongid and panacur, but like the revolution, they do not take care of tapeworms.

Do you know what the name of the pill is your vet gave you? In my personal expirance, (when it comes to tapeworms) droncit works much better then cestex at eliminating tapeworms. Unfortunaly they're both pills...
post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by stampit3d View Post
I need to know if the only treatment for tapeworms is giving your cats $10 worth of pills that they won`t take? Is there no liquid med that can be administered with an eye dropper....or better yet A SHOT?
If I find out there is an easier way to worm a cat than with pills....I think I am going to shoot him at sunrise, which is less than 2 hours away! (Shoot the VET...not the cat!)
I DID READ "HOW TO PILL YOUR CAT" on here in the health section....AFTER trying to pill the first cat.(I have to do all 3 of the cats!)
What I have finally done is to crush the wet pills (from 3 different attempts to pill the cat) and add them to a little bit of wet cat food, which the cat would NOT eat. I wrapped it and stuck it in the friDge overnight, hoping that the cat might be hungry enough by morning to eat it. (Took thier dry food and put it away for the night so they`d be ready to eat , which they are now)......but what did the article on pilling your cat mean when it said something about the pills having a coating and without it the meds could make your cat FOAM???Shall I try to give the medicated food to the cat or not? And I hate to waste the other pills for the other cats if there is an easier way (Shots) to get them wormed...don`t even know if my vet would give me back the $20 for the other 2 cats.
FRUSTRATING!!!!!!
HELP! Linda
You could try doing what I did once upon a time....I got so frustrated trying to pill Lil Bit after her first vet visit...they gave me the Drontal to give her myself,and I finally loaded her into the car and took her back to the vet and asked them to help! It took three of us holding her to give her one little pill! They were more than happy to help me out...and didn't charge for doing it.
post #8 of 26
Are you sure Revolution doesn't do tapes also? Maybe I am wrong on that.

Anyways, do you have a pill popper and are you scruffing the cat while pilling her? The cat cannot move when you are scruffing it, get her on a tabletop so her feet or on a level surface and the scruff her and lift her front legs off the tabletop. Her mouth will be very slightly open and use the pill popper to pull it open enough to shove the popper in there, you have to really get it in to the back of the throat. Do this all really quickley, if you take too long the cat will know whats going on and put up even more of a fight.
post #9 of 26
Drontal is available in liquid form. Your vet should be able to give your cat a shot, if he gets tapeworm again. Tripod had a different type of tapeworm. It was from eating raw fish. Common tapeworm comes from fleas. The vet had to give Tripod 32 times the normal dose of Drontal. He did this in an injection.
post #10 of 26
Those pill popper devices are the best tools, in my opinion. I need to administer pills to Buster several times per week and he's ok with it now. Pilling a cat is initially very difficult but it gets much easier with practice.
post #11 of 26
Revolution does not get rid of tapes. Go to PetCo and ask them for Pill Pockets. Get both flavors and feed your cat one chicken flavored first with no pill tucked inside, then a salmon and see which he prefers. Then wait a bit and give him another one with the pill inside. Be sure the pill pocket is of room temperature. If it is cold, they won't eat it.
post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by Blast-Off-Girl View Post
Those pill popper devices are the best tools, in my opinion. I need to administer pills to Buster several times per week and he's ok with it now. Pilling a cat is initially very difficult but it gets much easier with practice.
Before I got my pill pusher I was always getting scratched and bit when trying to give pills to the cats. Now I load it up before I get the cat. Grab the cat, open the mouth push it in and it goes right down. Its alot less stressful on you and the cat. They dont even know whats going on!
post #13 of 26
I wish I had the courage to use the pill popper...but I was always afraid of injuring their mouths! I'm glad I don't have problems with my girls anymore. Pilling can truly be a pain!
post #14 of 26
I mashed up my tapeworm tablet into a fine powder (using the back of a spoon) and put some water in a syringe, then added the powder and shook it up. Hubby held the cat while I injected it into her mouth and kept it closed until she swallowed. Two days later, no more tapeworms. I tried the "put it in the food trick" and there was no way in he** she was going for that!!
post #15 of 26
I dont beleive the vet never mentioned droncit or cestoved its a tapeworm injection! Geesh, it could have solved this issue. You bring kitty in and they give him an injection that simple!. Revolution is not for tapeworms. Tapeworms come from fleas. Revolution treats for fleas.

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post #16 of 26
I also think the pill pockets are pretty good. Most of my cats will eat them, at least the first one or two.

I do have 2 cats, my own and one foster, who will try and chew the pill pocket and flatten it out in their mouths until it is a pancake and then spit the pill out. I think there are some diehard kitties out there who are hell bent on finding every little thing in their mouth.

Anyhow I completely agree with you that pilling a cat is hard work, especially since you don't have to do it every day. It's like having to take an emergency crochet lesson and then do it perfectly.
post #17 of 26
I have the vet pill the girls")
post #18 of 26
I use drontol and Ive found that if you poke the pill half way down their throat it goes down. Somehow Ive avoided getting scratched or chomped on but I use my fingers (no pill pusher thingy) and pop open their mouth and just poke it all the way to the back. I feel a little bad but they get over it pretty quickly. Good luck!
post #19 of 26
I bought a Droncit spot on at http://nutrecare.co.uk to use on a couple ferals I wasn't sure about being able to pill.

I too have one I tried to sneak a pill into with a pill pocket who actually chewed it till she started foaming from the clavamox no longer hiding inside.

My Nugie gets his Carpon inside pill pockets and looks forward to them twice a day.
post #20 of 26
my spike is on clavamox 2x a day and i just grab him sit him in the chair tilt his head back drop the pill in and close his mouth till he swallows then it is all over and he get a treat and he doesn't seem to mind taking the pill then again i have handled him since birth and he is used to me opening his mouth to brush his teeth once a week
post #21 of 26
I wrap my cat in a towel with just her head sticking out, tilt her head back and use a pill gun to drop the pill in the back of her throat. I gently keep her mouth closed and rub her throat. Works great.
post #22 of 26
Is Droncit (praziquantel) available in a liquid form?

Also, since we're on the subject of tapeworms. Levasimole is used as a dewormer with cattle and can be used in fish tanks for roundworms (as is prazi), can it be used with cats and dogs?
post #23 of 26
Droncit tabs should not be crushed up and mixed with food. Praziquantel has an extremely bitter and objectionable taste. This will make cats foam like crazy if they even touch it. It does not come in a liquid form to my knowledge.

Droncit does come in an injectable form, your vet would have to administer that for you.
post #24 of 26
I just went through this with Seamus in July... he was impossible to pill with the Drontal, the vet tried and gave up on trying to pill him. They did give him an initial injection for the Droncit and in hindsight I should have asked that they just treat him that way. He was also on Panacur because he had giardia and he's all better now. Pill pockets sort of worked, it was still a struggle. He just hated those pills, and if ever he gets sick again, I'm insisting they give me a non-pill option if there is one.
post #25 of 26
There is a new dewormer available now called Profender Spot On.
Info on it can be found at the following link http://www.profender.no/106/Home.htm

It would be worth asking the vet about. I believe it is broad spectrum and covers round, hook and tape.
post #26 of 26
I'm with Hissy on this one. We had to administer Drontil (sp?) to our two. After several failed attempts we got the pill pockets and since they are both suckers for treats, the pockets worked like a charm.
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