The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #108894 Message #2270779
Posted By: WFDU - Ron Olesko
24-Feb-08 - 12:57 AM
Thread Name: BS: Getting a cat to take pills!
Subject: RE: BS: Getting a cat to take pills!
The hardest part is catching the cat. Once that is done, it is easy to just pry open their mouth and throw the damn pill down their throat- all while holding on to their paws with the other hand. It helps if you took wrestling in high school.
The hardest thing we had to do with one of our cats was a feeding tube. The poor thing stopped eating (the doctors still can't figure out why - she was too young) and they had to resort to inserting a feeding tube that went out the side of her neck, down the throat and into the stomach. We had to pump her full of soft food several times a day. The first day or two wasn't too bad - except when she threw it up right away. We learned to adjust the dosage. She actually sat still for most of it, until she was full. Of course she was very weak. Once she regained her strength - she would run away. One morning we woke up to find her sitting on the bed with the feeding tube pulled out. She was fine - just decided she was well enough and would go back to eating from her dish. I am happy to report that this was over a year ago and she is a perfectly normal cat - actually starting to gain a little too much weight. Time to get her on the treadmill again.
The bottom line - you can get the medicine down - it just takes practice.