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So I took Nuit to the vet today, just to get her thoroughly checked over. She was incredibly well-behaved for the trip - not *happy*, but quiet and non-skittish. lordandrei had noticed that she had worms (ew!) so I got pills. One today, one two weeks from now. Easy enough....

I've given cats pills before. I wouldn't say I'm an expert at it, but I know the technique. And I've been giving her (liquid) antibiotics for the last few days with reasonable success - she doesn't like it much, but doesn't put up so much of a fuss that I was too worried about the pills.

Just tried to give her one. No sooner does the pill land in her mouth but it goes flying halfway across the room and I get a claw in the nose. OW. (The pill, of course, has completely vanished.)

In Nuit's favor, she was very apologetic once I got done swearing at her.

Note to self: this cat has a truly violent dislike of pills. Get the vet to do it.


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Jan. 23rd, 2004 05:52 am (UTC)
Get a pill popper. It's like a syringe with a soft rubber tip that holds the pill. Hold cat in one arm and open mouth, use pill popper to knock pill down cat's throat. Release cat, watch it be confused and then go drink a lot of water. :)
Jan. 23rd, 2004 05:57 am (UTC)
pilling the cat the easy way
I have a large wonderful energetic black cat that HATES to take pills. None the less, there is a technique that works.

Get a bath towel. Pick the kitty up and quickly wrap her body in the towel (like a cape) so that just her head is out. The claws are safely under the towel.

Gently use one hand on the hinge of her little jaw - a very slight pressure/gentle manipulation and she will open. When she does, toss the pill in, aiming for the back of the throat. Use your hand to close her mouth and hold it closed while she swallows the pill. If she gets good at hiding them in her cheek then spitting, you can surmount it by gently running your hand up and down her throat while holding the mouth shut. It causes them to swallow.

But the towel is the thing that makes it all possible.

Your new kitten'n'you icon could not be cuter.
Jan. 23rd, 2004 09:07 am (UTC)
Re: pilling the cat the easy way
We call that the kitty burrito.

Jan. 23rd, 2004 06:48 am (UTC)
I used to dread giving our kitty pills. The trick my parents would use is to hold her still, pop the pill in her mouth, then give her a spoonful of cream to lick up and swallow, along with the pill.

Good luck getting Nuit to take her meds... :)
Jan. 23rd, 2004 07:08 am (UTC)
Our vet pills cats for a nominal fee...well worth it.
Jan. 23rd, 2004 12:28 pm (UTC)
Pills are no fun. I had to give some de-worming pills to my two boys when they were kittins. It sucked big time. I would hold their mouths closed while they tried to spit them out, which resulted in them mostly chewing it a lot and it getting all foamy...


Last time I took one of them in to be de-wormed, the vet gave him a shot. I much prefered that. I think Onyx did too.
Jan. 23rd, 2004 01:14 pm (UTC)
My cats won't stand for being pilled, either. Musashi even managed to defeat the vet, in fact (the vet was quite impressed).

Pilling her requires mashing the pill up with some NutriCal (the nutritive goop for kittens who won't eat) and then scruffing her, forcibly opening her mouth, and smearing the pill-goop combo on her tongue.

She hates me for a little while, but she's worm-free :)
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