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.
Is the taste/smell strong? Maybe mix it with a little tuna juice? the strong smell may cover it, and what cat could resist?
Our cats worming medication comes as a paste in a disposable syringe (without the needle of course). I give her a cuddle and open her mouth and squirt it in - then she doesn't have a choice.... You can pick up syringes from the pharmacy - I also use them to administer medicines to my children when they get fevers etc.
I forgot to add that you would have to crush the pill and mix it with margarine or something pastelike....
Like mentioned...you can mix it with tuna, milk, canned food, eggs etc...depending on what he likes. And if that doesn't work try a dropper...mix your powder with some milk or something he likes and use a dropper. That is like forcing him to take it...but if he won't take it on his own that might be your only hope. And you will be able to make sure he takes it and takes it all. Good Luck!
I agree with trying tuna. I've never known a cat to refuse it. They usually knock down who and whatever is in the way to get to it. Good luck!
I have found that by wrapping my cat securely in a blanket (make sure all his feet/claws are gently tucked inside a big towel) and holding him, a helper can often get a pill into him; but as long as you have the powder, try the tuna - be sure to add some of the tuna water.
My two cats had worms about 2 years ago. The vet wanted to charge me for visits and prescriptions. I just went to Walmart and got the deworming liquid for around $3.00 and it worked. You just hold the cat and put the medication in their mouth as the directions on the bottle say. I have recommended this to others and they have saved quite a bit of money. That was 2 years ago and the worms have not come back.
My cat is very difficult to give pills to also. I hide it in a little bit of flavored hairball remedy and he licks it right off of my finger. The pill is whole.
Use caution when giving over the counter medications. Worm medication is given to treat a SPECIFIC kind of worm. ( There are many different kinds) Try the tuna and if it doesn't work, get a helper , wrap the cat, pry his mouth open and put it as far back as you can.
Sounds like my cat! She won't take pills either...even crushed up in something. I tried yogurt, pet treats, canned cat food... she is too suspicious. I have heard of liquid meds for pets that can be tuna, or beef, or whatever, flavored,( the BANANA flavor my vet has does not appeal (haha) to my cat). I might search the web for a mail order site for next time my cat needs medicine. Wrapping my kitty up and force feeding her twice a day just isn't an option for me... I don't have a "helper". Vets need to be more inventive with kitty medicine!
I found a site called flavorx.com that will help you find a vet or pharmacy near you that will change the pills to a flavored liquid... I'm going to call the one near me tomorrow for prices etc so next time my cat needs a rx, I'll be prepared.
To get pills down a cat, use a straw to blow the pill to the back of their throat, then blow on their nose while holding their mouth together and their reflex action is to swallow the pill. Keeping the cat immobile in a towel is a good idea, along with petting and cuddling.
When my mum's cat was ill we had the same problem.
Eventually we were told to mix the powder into butter or fish paste. The trick then is rub the paste onto the cat's fur. He could not help himself, he just had to clean it off...and got his medicine at the same time.
I hope your kitty is soon well.
I have a thing called a "cat piller" that I got from my vet years ago. I actually use it for my dog who is almost 17 & takes 4 pills a day. It's sort of like a syringe but the top is flexible plastic & open to insert the pill, then there's a plunger to push the pill into my dogs throat. She doesn't really like it but it's quick and gets the job done. I can insert up to two small pills at once.
I just found a product that works for fleas, worms, tics, and ear mites. My vet gave it to me and you just have to put it on the back of the neck. It's called Revolutions It worked great for my 3 guys.
Good Luck to you
We've had to give pills to our older cats and it could be difficult. We had a "piller" device that worked pretty good. Hiding it in food will work or first use a pill splitter to make it smaller....they are smart tho and sometimes they will actually eat all the food and the pill will be left! Also if it's not too big, just pry the mouth open, sort of throw in at the back of the mouth, close mouth quickly and rub under the chin to make him swallow. We don't have any cats at present time but I would investigate whether or not a liquid form of the medicine is available....sure would be easier, I would think! Good luck!
Your question jogged my memory to a time that I accidently took the cat's medicine.....not intentionally.I have adult attention deficit, so I try to do a lot of things at one time.My Doctor said that people like me are valuable at work, because they can mult-task.I remember I had been up late and getting ready to take some tylenol, I just got the hands mixed up.I remember placing a fast call to my Mother in law, I now would call Poison Control. It turned out okay, but I am more careful now.Two other things happened with this cat, when it was a kitten it swallowed a needle and thread, and also I had it on a leash taking it for a walk on a super hot day.I had hold of the leash, when all of a sudden,the cat (Mocha) started doing these gigantic looking jumps, like a ride at the carnival, I was so worried that it would crash it's head into the sidewalk.Apparently it bit a bug and the bug bit her back.So obviously, this trivia info, is not to be meant as a tip, but a little humor, if you can get the right mind picture, but then I guess you had to be there.
Thank you all so much for your ideas. I will definitely try them!
We had to give our dog pills once when she'd had surgery. We crushed the pill and put it on a piece of cheese and mushed the cheese up all around it to make a ball. She practically inhaled it.
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.
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