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Thread #108894   Message #2270868
Posted By: Anne Lister
24-Feb-08 - 06:38 AM
Thread Name: BS: Getting a cat to take pills!
Subject: RE: BS: Getting a cat to take pills!
Thank you for all the contributions so far - I can only report that my husband, who was perfectly able to administer pills to previous cats in his life, has been totally unable to get Cleo to open her mouth even the tiniest bit by using the pressure (and towel) method. The vet was also unable to get her to open her mouth, btw, when trying to check up on what was wrong with her. I managed to make her yawn by yawning at her and the pill went in, but was as quickly dropped out again. So we're back to either trying various food lures with ground up pill (not too much of a problem at the moment as on the vet's advice she's currently being fed on all her favourite - human - things, but it will be a problem when she resumes her more usual finicky eating habits) or attempting the flicker syringe.
We've tried reasoning with her, but although she appears to listen I have the sense that the words go in one ear and out the other - it doesn't help that she's slightly deaf (and very much so when it suits her).
We have to return to the vet in two weeks to see what her thyroid levels are at after these pills, to determine the dosage for the future, and if we are continuing the current lack of success we'll have to take more advice and see if there are any other alternatives.

In the meantime, back to the current favourite of tuna mixed with cottage cheese ....