Your tips for getting pills into cats

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She went missing about 2 weeks ago. She wasn't enamoured with the house sitter while we were on holiday. I went door knocking and found her in a house two doors down ( they reluctantly gave her back). She's Abysinnian. She has allergies so I've turned off the sure flap and have just fed her her some James Well beloved she was originally on royal canin sensitivity but was turning her nose up at it all the time.
She came back really scabby and was grumpy with me when i applied Advocate. Usually big attention seeker.

She's had loads of rest since being back is a bit more lively.
She was pooing blood thursday night so I stayed home bank holiday weekend by myself to feed a her a concoction of pills the vet gave me. She is turning up her nose at the food I've mixed the antibiotics with the last day.
No more blood in poo but definitely diahoerra. She's got another vet appointment tomorrow night. Quite lively affectionate, but farting. The vet remarked that she definitely was not dehydrated but thought she had picked up a tummy bug.

Tips please on getting pills into cats? I've been in all weekend and now the DP's back I might be in more of a position to try and get her to swallow it directly.

Sorry that was long...

CharlotteBr0nteSaurus Mon 26-Aug-13 21:47:07

i saw a really good youtube about this, and that technique worked for me - give me a sec and I'll see if I can find it.

IsThatTrue Mon 26-Aug-13 21:49:47

Put it in a ball of cheese, always worked with ours smile

CharlotteBr0nteSaurus Mon 26-Aug-13 21:50:07

here
it does take a bit of practice, but is definitely better than whatever I was doing before. hope she's better soon.

frownyface Mon 26-Aug-13 21:51:14

I was going to say cheese! or tuna!

mmmuffins Mon 26-Aug-13 21:51:59

Does your kitty like raw meats? I cut a cube of raw chicken, and push the pill into the middle. The chicken is soft so just gives way to the pill, and the cats can't see the pill inside. They swallow the chunk in one go, and therefore the pill.

SilverApples Mon 26-Aug-13 21:52:02

OK, this works for us.
If the pills are large, break them in half.
Squat down with the cat between your knees, head facing away, body controlled by your thighs.
Wrap a small towel around the cat as if it was a hospital gown.
Hold the head up gently until the cat is glaring at you, insert a finger at the side of the mouth until it opens and aim the tablet to the back of the throat. Hold the mouth shut until you feel the cat swallow. Watch out for it walking around afterwards for a minute and then spitting out the tablet.
It's tricky at first, but after a week of daily tablets, the whole slick operation took seconds.

SilverApples Mon 26-Aug-13 21:52:43

Mine refused tablets in any food whatsoever. Crushed, blended, hidden...NO!

Wolfiefan Mon 26-Aug-13 21:56:24

Pill giver from vets. Like a little syringe. Put a drop of water in it and then pill.
Also fan of the wrap in a towel and sit on it approach!

Maryz Mon 26-Aug-13 22:05:48

One of our cats is allergic to cat food so needs tablets every day. He can smell the smallest scrap of tablet, so I couldn't crush them into food. It used to be a nightmare, but I can now do it by myself.

Pick up cat, and hold it under your arm on its back so your left hand is holding the back of its head, it's back is along your lower arm and it's slightly folded with its bum is pushed up at your underarm so all four paws are shoved together. If you get it right the cat can't move much.

Then I take the tablet in my right hand, shove my finger at the side of his mouth until he opens and shove it very far back on his tongue. Because I have his head held firmly in my left hand he can't turn away, and I can stroke his throat to make sure it has gone down.

He hates me now though sad

fossil971 Mon 26-Aug-13 22:16:10

My poor cat - I just tried out Maryz's hold on her for practice and she is now giving me the looking in the other direction treatment.

I once begged a friend who is a very experienced vet at a zoo to give my cat a pill - she said it's one of the hardest things she dreads being asked. At least at the zoo they can sedate the animals.

Maryz Mon 26-Aug-13 22:18:12

Did it work fossil?

I have down to a fine art and can grab him, neutralise him and tablet him in about 20 seconds. Occasionally he gets a paw loose early and I'm snookered.

LittleMissNorty Mon 26-Aug-13 22:23:22

I wrap in a towel, open his mouth, flick it to the back of his throat, hold his jaws together and stroke his throat to make him swallow. He hates me after that so I usually have some th a ready for being such a good boy grin

LittleMissNorty Mon 26-Aug-13 22:23:55

Tuna even!

Melissakitkat Mon 26-Aug-13 22:25:42

We put the pill into a bit of dairy lea - it's sticky so it stays in and cats love it. X

fossil971 Mon 26-Aug-13 22:33:03

I wasn't trying to pill her - just figuring out what you meant. Not sure about bunching the paws together, she is very small and wriggly.

fossil971 Mon 26-Aug-13 22:33:42

I've just bookmarked the thread for future reference though!

Maryz Mon 26-Aug-13 22:34:05

Oh, poor cat grin. Just sitting there nice and comfortable, and suddenly being attacked ...

Beamur Mon 26-Aug-13 22:38:15

My old cat (RIP) I tried a similar technique to the above and it worked but she hated me too! When she got old and poorly she had to have more regular medication and I found cooked prawns were the ideal medium. I'd feed her a few so she got into a bit of a feeding frenzy (prawns were her favourite treat) and when she got to the stage of just swallowing and not bothering to chew anymore I'd sneak in the medicated one (down it went) and then gave her a couple more to make sure it was all swallowed down.

deeliasmythe Mon 26-Aug-13 22:45:23

Am currently shoving steroids into my wiley beast. Here's how:

Get a pill dispenser (looks like a syringe) and put pill in the end, with syringe plunged until it makes contact with the pill (so there isn't far to plunge).

Wrap cat quickly in a large towel swaddle style and flip it so you're cradling it. Make sure you've swaddled the paws.

Use one hand to open the jaw a little from behind. As soon as a gap appears ram the syringe in try and get the back of the tongue. Accuracy is not necessary just the depth. Stroke under the chin and feed a treat.

Takes about 10 seconds, 20 including prep.

SunshineBossaNova Mon 26-Aug-13 22:45:32

Our old mog needs pills twice a day. We wrap them in cheapo meat paste (Sainsbury's value) and he scoffs them down.

Fish paste doesn't work because it falls to bits.

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 26-Aug-13 23:12:39

Do I need to confess again?
So I am a vet, I also own the worlds most evil cat. So the techniques I have developed some of which have already been listed
In a ball of cheddar
In a teaspoon of philidelphia
Inside a prawn
And oh the shame inside a cheesy wot sit.
I can tablet anything in the clinic I current bear war wounds from putting new Seresto collar on the evil one.

Thank you! I'm about to go into battle this morning armed with these techniques!

somethingscary Tue 27-Aug-13 07:11:37

Our cat has to have daily tablets. To start with he was evil & ran away. We use a tablet giver followed by treats. He now sits & waits patiently for his tablet every daysmile

CrazyHamsterdisguisedasatree Tue 27-Aug-13 09:31:52

I second the Tablet giver , it was my last hops for giving my Cats worming Tablets & it worked a treat

This morning tried cheese, chicken, last nights left over fish from the fish pie, the trick from you tube - couldn't get her mouth open. She's little but agile.
Then realised DS had taken himself to the big toilet and had popped the trainer seat on it all by himself (for the first time!!) but was using my expensive make up wipes instead of the moist toilet tissue so had to forgo the cat this morning. I will ask the vet about the tablet dispenser tonight.

LinghamStyle Tue 27-Aug-13 10:15:55

I use Maryz technique however I learned to swaddle the cat in a towel first!

I had to bath her yesterday after a poo incident. Wasn't fun for either of us! Although she did let me wrap her in a big fluffy towel afterwards and cuddle her like a baby grin also she doesn't seem to bear a grudge after these encounters!

I'm going to meet DP at the vet's tonight and I asked him to take the poo sample with him and told him where it was.

He said "shouldn't you have left that in the fridge" - Bleurgh!

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