Judy, the eternal question. How to get a pill down a cat's throat. OY!!
When we first got Dani, we had to put her on an antibiotic (Orbax) for one month for a staph infection. She FOUGHT us like mad! Hubby had to literally sit on her, while I ultimately got that dang pill down her...but she hated it!
Now I am very, very lucky. The tapazole is so tiny that although I know she does not like me giving it to her, I can manage alone. What I do is give her a few treats first. Then I gently hold her around the back of the base of the head. Then I take the pill and gently push it against the side of her mouth, and she eventually opens it. Then I quickly shove the pill into her mouth as fast and far as I can. Then I close her mouth, and rub her throat gently downward, to get her to swallow one or two times, and when I am satisfied that she can't spit it back up, I give her more treats.
Now this to me is a miracle!!! I did try originally putting the pill in food, even when I hid it, she must have smelled it, cause she would eat all around it, or not at all. Then I tried crushing it and smearing it on her face (cause I knew she would lick it off), but she ran from me...... Then I had a compounding pharmacy make me salmon flavored tapazole chewies...hoping she would like it as a treat. She had NO interest. AARGGGGGGGG
My only option was to give her the pill straight. So far so good. For some miraculous reason, she lets me do it.
Every cat is different. I would advise experimenting with every way you can think of, and I wish you luck with this. I know how difficult it is to give a cat a pill.
OOHHH by the way, they also make liquid forms of the meds, in various flavors. You use a dropper and just squirt it into the cat's mouth. Guess what. She HATED that. I guess the taste was icky. But some people do have success with that.
As for her thyroid levels, the Vet told me what they were, but I would have asked anyway, just so I could keep track of how well the pills were working, and not to just take the Vet's word for it.
Hope this helps.