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    Connie Lea
    Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:04 am
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    Giving dogs a pill is a breeze compared to giving one to a cat. At least with dogs you don't come out with bleeding hands and arms. It's been quite a few years since I've had to give a pill to a cat, but don't have fond memories.
    K9 Owned
    Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:55 am
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    MEATBALLS!
    Dawson and Maddie are taking meds for allergies and Dawson has his prosac pills too. I found a pill at the bottom of the bowl twice now so this morning I took a can of my emergency dog food and rolled it in to a one inch meatball with the pills inside. I set it right on top of their food and it was the first thing to go. icon_cool.gif
    Pot Scrubber
    Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:33 pm
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    I had to give the Demon dog pills a few years ago after his surgery.

    He scarfed them down in one gulp if I wrapped them in a big dollop of squeeze cheese served on a doggie Milkbone cracker. No questions asked.
    Olive*
    Sat Feb 23, 2013 8:52 pm
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    Connie Lea wrote:
    Giving dogs a pill is a breeze compared to giving one to a cat. At least with dogs you don't come out with bleeding hands and arms. It's been quite a few years since I've had to give a pill to a cat, but don't have fond memories.


    I'm just the opposite. When I had to give my lab a pill, I would wrap it up in meat and all sorts of different foods.He would eat the meat/cheese/whatever and spit the pill out! icon_eek.gif I tried to make a game out of it by tossing the meatball up in the air so he would catch it. Nope! Catch and release! Eat the snack and spit out the pill. icon_mad.gif

    Now cats....I can give a cat a pill before it has time to realize what just happened. icon_lol.gif
    Saralaya
    Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:14 am
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    Olive* wrote:
    Connie Lea wrote:
    Giving dogs a pill is a breeze compared to giving one to a cat. At least with dogs you don't come out with bleeding hands and arms. It's been quite a few years since I've had to give a pill to a cat, but don't have fond memories.


    I'm just the opposite. When I had to give my lab a pill, I would wrap it up in meat and all sorts of different foods.He would eat the meat/cheese/whatever and spit the pill out! icon_eek.gif I tried to make a game out of it by tossing the meatball up in the air so he would catch it. Nope! Catch and release! Eat the snack and spit out the pill. icon_mad.gif

    Now cats....I can give a cat a pill before it has time to realize what just happened. icon_lol.gif


    Olive... any chance you live close enough to me to come over if one of my girls needs pills? I'm with Kris.... not find memories of that! One of my kitties now at the Bridge was an expert at taking whatever treat her pill was hidden in.... eating it....and then trotting over to wherever I was and... PTOOIE.... spitting the pill right at my feet! I never could figure out how they eat the food and keep the pill there...and relatively intact too!
    Connie Lea
    Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:41 am
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    I've wondered that too - my dogs also will sometimes eat whatever I put the pill in without eating the pill.
    Olive*
    Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:03 am
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    Lol! Some of my neighbors that have cats will call me to give their cat a pill, or a syringe with liquid medicine. After I give their cat the meds, they are like…..”Whaaat?? Howwww? icon_eek.gif The cats are usually a little miffed afterwards that they had been bested. The kitties just look around with a look on their face-- what the hell just happened here!? icon_lol.gif

    30 years ago, a Vet showed me how to give cats pills and liquid meds icon_cool.gif . I had a faro cat that I befriended who was meaner than a snake, which I gave liquid antibiotic and pills to once, because she got into a horrible fight. That kitty is a whole other story! She lived to be 14. I adored her! Giving a pill is really pretty easy. I can tell you how to do it, but I am more of a show and tell girl because I am not real good at explaining things sometimes. But I will try to give you the jest of it. (Same goes for cooking. Someone will call and I ask how to make something and I will tell them, but if they are close by, I will show them. Then they always say, “Ooooooh, I get it”)

    Giving a pill only takes a few seconds, but do it quick before they know what’s going on. Get a small plate or dish a put a tiny bit of veggie oil in it. Sit yourself down on the sofa with your kitty. Have the dish of oil and pill close by. Lay kitty on his back on your lap with his head cradled in your one hand, holding him by the scruff of his neck. Coat the pill with the oil and open kitty’s mouth with the same fingers holding the pill. Put the pill in back of kitty’s throat, close his mouth and stroke his throat. He will swallow it. Yes he will! If you have a cat that doesn’t lie on its back easily, you can do what momma cat does to keep her kittens in line,and from fighting her.Hold them by the scruff of the neck. Hold kitty right side up ( icon_lol.gif ) by the scruff of the neck on the floor/table/bed/ whatever works for you.. This does not hurt them. It only prevents them from moving. Again, work the mouth open with the fingers that have the oiled pill, shove pill to back of the throat; close mouth and stroke throat. Give kitty treat afterwards. icon_biggrin.gif

    The Vet showed me one time how to do this, and I couldn’t believe how easy it was. I can give cats a pill by myself, but it doesn’t hurt to have an extra pair of hands helping you until you get the hang of it. I hope this made sense. icon_biggrin.gif
    Saralaya
    Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:59 am
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    Olive* wrote:
    Lol! Some of my neighbors that have cats will call me to give their cat a pill, or a syringe with liquid medicine. After I give their cat the meds, they are like…..”Whaaat?? Howwww? icon_eek.gif The cats are usually a little miffed afterwards that they had been bested. The kitties just look around with a look on their face-- what the hell just happened here!? icon_lol.gif

    30 years ago, a Vet showed me how to give cats pills and liquid meds icon_cool.gif . I had a faro cat that I befriended who was meaner than a snake, which I gave liquid antibiotic and pills to once, because she got into a horrible fight. That kitty is a whole other story! She lived to be 14. I adored her! Giving a pill is really pretty easy. I can tell you how to do it, but I am more of a show and tell girl because I am not real good at explaining things sometimes. But I will try to give you the jest of it. (Same goes for cooking. Someone will call and I ask how to make something and I will tell them, but if they are close by, I will show them. Then they always say, “Ooooooh, I get it”)

    Giving a pill only takes a few seconds, but do it quick before they know what’s going on. Get a small plate or dish a put a tiny bit of veggie oil in it. Sit yourself down on the sofa with your kitty. Have the dish of oil and pill close by. Lay kitty on his back on your lap with his head cradled in your one hand, holding him by the scruff of his neck. Coat the pill with the oil and open kitty’s mouth with the same fingers holding the pill. Put the pill in back of kitty’s throat, close his mouth and stroke his throat. He will swallow it. Yes he will! If you have a cat that doesn’t lie on its back easily, you can do what momma cat does to keep her kittens in line,and from fighting her.Hold them by the scruff of the neck. Hold kitty right side up ( icon_lol.gif ) by the scruff of the neck on the floor/table/bed/ whatever works for you.. This does not hurt them. It only prevents them from moving. Again, work the mouth open with the fingers that have the oiled pill, shove pill to back of the throat; close mouth and stroke throat. Give kitty treat afterwards. icon_biggrin.gif

    The Vet showed me one time how to do this, and I couldn’t believe how easy it was. I can give cats a pill by myself, but it doesn’t hurt to have an extra pair of hands helping you until you get the hang of it. I hope this made sense. icon_biggrin.gif


    icon_eek.gif Now THAT is different! I must print it out in case I need to try it. I have seen many "tricks" for pilling cats but never this one. Because my DH is disabled he cannot help me so I'm on my own if the kitties need meds. I do wonder if once this is done, how long it is before the cat will get close enough to you to have that done again!? rotfl.gif Thanks for the new technique.... I really am going to keep it tucked away.
    *Z*
    Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:49 pm
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    OK so what's the technique for liquids? When my Pooka (cat) gets blocked and has to go to the vets to get un-blocked, he comes home with 2-3 different pills AND a liquid I have to give him. HA!!! HA HA HA!!! Yeah right! The little stinker has also figured out that the sound of pill bottles = bad news for him and he takes off and hides. No matter what a try to hide them in, he eats around it and spits them out. He will hold the pills in his mouth even after I have stroked his throat and think he has swallowed them, only to spit them out a little later. I have had to (in the past) shove the pill in and hold his mouth closed and then blow up his nose to get him to swallow it! (yes, it's kind of icky but it works!) icon_redface.gif
    As far as the liquids, I try to drizzle it in the side of his mouth. Well that bugger has figured out that he can exhale sharply while I am trying to get the liquid in and it will spray the liquid out of his mouth and all over me (and the floor and whatever else happens to be nearby) thereby giving him a chance to escape from me (since I am distracted by being covered with cat saliva and meds). I never really know how much of the meds he actually gets in him! icon_confused.gif
    Olive*
    Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:23 pm
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    *Z* wrote:
    OK so what's the technique for liquids? When my Pooka (cat) gets blocked and has to go to the vets to get un-blocked, he comes home with 2-3 different pills AND a liquid I have to give him. HA!!! HA HA HA!!! Yeah right! The little stinker has also figured out that the sound of pill bottles = bad news for him and he takes off and hides. No matter what a try to hide them in, he eats around it and spits them out. He will hold the pills in his mouth even after I have stroked his throat and think he has swallowed them, only to spit them out a little later. I have had to (in the past) shove the pill in and hold his mouth closed and then blow up his nose to get him to swallow it! (yes, it's kind of icky but it works!) icon_redface.gif
    As far as the liquids, I try to drizzle it in the side of his mouth. Well that bugger has figured out that he can exhale sharply while I am trying to get the liquid in and it will spray the liquid out of his mouth and all over me (and the floor and whatever else happens to be nearby) thereby giving him a chance to escape from me (since I am distracted by being covered with cat saliva and meds). I never really know how much of the meds he actually gets in him! icon_confused.gif



    The pill must be oiled. If it is not, he can move it easily with his tongue or cough it back out. Being oiled, it slides down his throat easy. You must get the pill towards the back of the throat; close his mouth and pet his throat to make him swallow. If you don’t get the pill back far enough, he can move it with his tongue to his cheek…..and spit! I know….. unless you see it done. It sounds difficult. icon_confused.gif

    I give one of my cats a liquid dose of slippery elm every day for digestive issues. He is so use to it; he almost opens his mouth for me. As far as giving a liquid dose of medicine, a bit different, yet the same. Use an eyedropper, or the one that came with your liquid prescription. Fill your eyedropper to the amount you need. Again, hold kitty my scruff of the neck, and you must grab him firmly so he can’t move. This also opens his mouth slightly when you grab by the scruff of the neck. Put the eyedropper in the side of his mouth/cheek and squirt in the liquid. He will swallow without spitting it out. Do everything fast and quick! Do not fidget with the cat giving him a pill or liquid meds. If they sense they are not in control and you don’t have a good hold on them…..well, I will pray for you! icon_lol.gif Kidding! Do not squirt liquid into the back of his throat because that much liquid can cause him to choke…..then he will spit it back out.

    I had to give my mean kitty an antibiotic for 10 days, twice a day. By day 4 she was feeling much better and was more resistant. I would have my eyedropper ready with the medicine in one hand, and grab her firmly by the scruff with the other, and quickly squirt it in her cheek while she was giving me a low growl, and meow! My house cats were/are a piece a cake to work with compared to what my little mean kitty was. Rest and bless her sweet mean soul! icon_cry.gif

    I hope I have helped a little bit.
    Krislady
    Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:55 pm
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    When I had to give Minerva kitty liquid antibiotics, the only way I could get her to even consider taking them was to wrap her in a towel first. She didn't like it, but it helped.

    Of course, she always got a treat afterwards - she was mad, but not THAT mad. icon_wink.gif
    Olive*
    Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:18 pm
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    Krislady wrote:
    When I had to give Minerva kitty liquid antibiotics, the only way I could get her to even consider taking them was to wrap her in a towel first. She didn't like it, but it helped.
    Of course, she always got a treat afterwards - she was mad, but not THAT mad. icon_wink.gif


    Do whatever works! icon_lol.gif No oneway is the only way.

    LOL, I find that to be true too!
    Krislady
    Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:55 am
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    Olive* wrote:
    Krislady wrote:
    When I had to give Minerva kitty liquid antibiotics, the only way I could get her to even consider taking them was to wrap her in a towel first. She didn't like it, but it helped.
    Of course, she always got a treat afterwards - she was mad, but not THAT mad. icon_wink.gif


    Do whatever works! icon_lol.gif No oneway is the only way.

    LOL, I find that to be true too!


    I have to wrap her to cut her nails, too. She's not very cooperative, though, when I tell her to give me her other hand. . . icon_rolleyes.gif

    icon_wink.gif
    Olive*
    Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:04 pm
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    Krislady wrote:
    Olive* wrote:
    Krislady wrote:
    When I had to give Minerva kitty liquid antibiotics, the only way I could get her to even consider taking them was to wrap her in a towel first. She didn't like it, but it helped.
    Of course, she always got a treat afterwards - she was mad, but not THAT mad. icon_wink.gif


    Do whatever works! icon_lol.gif No oneway is the only way.

    LOL, I find that to be true too!


    I have to wrap her to cut her nails, too. She's not very cooperative, though, when I tell her to give me her other hand. . . icon_rolleyes.gif

    icon_wink.gif


    icon_lol.gif
    jneen
    Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:45 pm
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    With cats it also helps to have them on a slick surface, like the top of the washing machine, so they cannot get their claws into the surface. They are so worried about their footing you can pry open their mouth and push the pill far down the throat. Hold the cat down by the scruff with your one hand and the length of your arm from wrist to elbow firmly pushing the cat down. Pry open his/her mouth with two fingers of other hand and push pill in. Massage their throat until they swallow. I have been bitten before but only once. You cannot hesitate and sometimes if they are on the meds for awhile they will run and hide when they see you coming. lol

    Some of my dogs are fine to take pills. I just buy a cheap jar of peanut butter and mark the lid "dogs" with a black marker. Maybelle will eat anything because she was a stray and food deprived. Poppy is another story. I generally have to shove it down her throat and hold her mouth closed until she swallows. She's sneaky and will spit it out when I'm not looking. Sometimes I can get her to take them by giving her some peanut butter off my finger first. Then she thinks she's getting a super good treat. Next go round I coat the pill with the peanut butter. Sometimes it works, sometimes she makes it hard on herself.
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