One other thing I found that works for most pets are Pill Pockets (brand name). For all but a few cats I have no problem getting them to take a Dronsit pill in a Pill Pocket. So if you're at your wits end, try these. I'm no longer "mean mommy" with the use of Pill Pockets and treats.
By nekocat from OR
Store the tablet for as long as you can with the cat's kibble or treats -- long enough for it to take on the smell of the food. Serve the tablet along with the kibble/treats. Tablets are much the same size, shape and texture as kibble, and once it has the same delicious smell, the cat will gobble it up without noticing.
I was skeptical. He generally could figure out what I wanted and do the opposite, even if it cost him. However, this worked. He's thrilled to get gravy, and I'm thrilled to not get scratched trying to force feed medications. I've been doing this for years now, and we're both happy with it.
By booboo58 from Lansing, MI
Wrap your arm around the cat lengthwise, so he can't back away. With the same hand, grasp head gently with one hand. Pinch jaw with a finger on each side to force mouth open (requires very little pressure).
With your free hand, toss pill down throat as far as possible. Release jaw and stroke throat with fingers to encourage swallowing.
If cat starts looking anxiously left and right, he's probably looking for a place to spit it out. Put your hand in front of his mouth to discourage this and to catch pill if necessary.
If he licks his lips, he swallowed. Feed a meal or a treat. Even a really dumb cat will soon realize that when the pill is gone, the food arrives.
If this fails completely, wrap cat in a bath towel in a way that completely disables all four legs quickly (not as easy as it sounds). Open cat's mouth, insert pill, wait for swallowing, unwrap towel and feed. I had to resort to this with one cat. Within three days, all I had to do was show him the towel and he became very cooperative. LOL
By shoe from NW PA
Does anyone know how to administer cat oral medication to a very uncooperative cat? I have tried the back corner of her mouth and all I get is claw marks from very self manicured sharp claws?
By Tanya from P. R., MN
Are you coming at him/her from behind? That's how I have to do it. Also, put on a coat or something that will protect your arms from attack. Hold the front legs with one hand and squirt with the other. If it's too much, try putting it in the food. My cat liked it mixed with vanilla yogurt. Don't give too much; just a couple of spoonfuls, since yogurt can lead to runny bowel movements.
Does anyone have any ideas on how to "pill" a difficult cat or get him to ingest Panacur powder (He has worms)? Our vet tried 6 times to "pill" the cat and was unsuccessful, so we tried the Panacur powder instead. He will not eat this either. We have tried mixing it with everything we know that he will eat, but 2 days later, that food is still there. I think he would rather starve.
Any ideas or suggestions would be great! Thanks and have a blessed day. Kelly
Kelly from Racine, WI
Can the medicine be mixed with water? If so, use a syringe with out a needle, like you can buy in the infant dept. and open the mouth, and slowly push the liquid into the side of the cats mouth. Slowly, so they won't choke. Good luck.
My kitty won't take her pills. There is no way I can run her down, wrap her in a towel and force a pill down her throat twice a day. I tried hiding the pill in a moist treat but the smarty pants caught on to that. Does anyone have any other suggestion? I would really appreciate it.
Wendee from Tillamook, OR
Lay the folded towel across your tummy. Put the cat in the middle of the towel with her back to the middle of the towel. Fold the bottom part of the towel tightly around the kitty's bottom so that the back legs are sticking down. Then fold the top part of the towel tightly aroung her neck. Your elbow is holding the bottom tight, and that hand is holding the neck, and fingers are beside the mouth.
Open the mouth with your index finger and thumb, putting them in the fold of the bouth behind the teeth. With your other hand, push the pill over the tongue.
Let go, and jump back. (01/05/2006)
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By Jennifer, CA
Hope this helps. The extra money spent on compounding the medicine is well worth the lack of aggravation on your part as well as the torment to both you and your pet. (01/06/2006)
I catch the cat (off-guard, of course), sit on the floor on my heels with my knees open. I hold the cat (his feet on the floor) in my crotch facing out--he cannot claw or scratch you this way. And with one hand, open his mouth by grabbing his upper jaw and pulling open--yes, cats open this way reflexively. Pop the pill in and push toward the back of his tongue. Let go of his upper jaw, and immediately rub his throat so his swallowing reflex kicks in. Once you do this a couple of times, it takes less than a minute, and is so quick, that cat has swallowed the pill before he knows what has gone on. No stress on either him or you. (01/06/2006)
By Merlin Douglass
For those of you that have a hard time giving a pill to your cat, this works beautifully. Crush the pill into a powder then mix it with a dab of hairball medicine and smear it on the front paws. The cat will lick it off and you don't get all clawed up. Just make sure to spread it thin enough that it can't be flung off. My vet told me this.
The picture is of my furbabies. Bubba, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge, is the tabby, and the other one is my sweet girl, Kitten, also known as hunnybunny.
By pinkmellie59 from Austin, Tx
This may not work for every cat, but the other night I was a bit rushed. So instead of taking the time to sit on my cat and shove his worm medicine down his throat time and time again, I did this. I took the skin from the back of a cooked chicken I was stripping for dinner and rolled the pills up in silver dollar size pieces of skin. He managed to get one half pill free and spit it out once, but the rest he took and swallowed, including the one he managed to spit out. For ease of application, it was a winner for me! Did I think he'd go for it? Not really, but he did.
I think you want to be sure your cat's hungry, and make sure that what ever you roll around it or stuff it in is fairly large and one of their favorite foods. Yes, there are store bought pockets for this. I haven't tried them and sometimes things like this actually work.
By nekocat from OR