Getting a cat to take tablets

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Re: Getting a cat to take tablets

Post by HammerMan2004 » Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:29 pm

vietnammer wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:14 am
Superb replies here chaps! Only thing about the force-feeding method is what if it goes down the wrong way (the pill) and the cat chokes, specially as it's already in **** off and leave me alone mode?

There's always GCRO's artificial insemination kit (cos that's what it really is, dunno why he needs that though) if all else fails.
It's not quite force-feeding. As someone said, wrap the cat in a towel (fairly snug), and use fingers on the side of the mouth on the jaw hinge, if you press gently the mouth will open, drop the tablet on the tongue and the cat should do the rest. If it's a "cat tablet" it's unlikely to choke on it, it'll just make a meal out of it for a few seconds. But after a few tries the cat will get used to the action.

Easiest thing to do would be to practice getting the cat's mouth open first with the towel and such. Vets do it all the time to check teeth.

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Re: Getting a cat to take tablets

Post by -DL- » Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:41 pm

Oops. I was meant to get it from the pill box marked Cat, not Ket :shock:

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Re: Getting a cat to take tablets

Post by Johnny Byrne's Boots » Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:54 pm

How to give a cat a pill:

1. Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.

4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.

5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden.

6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil, and blow down drinking straw.

9. Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink 1 beer to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

10. Retrieve cat from neighbour's shed. Get another pill. Open another beer. Place cat in cupboard, and close door onto neck, to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. f*** pill down throat with elastic band.

11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch bottle of Scotch. Pour shot, drink. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Apply whiskey compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12. Call fire brigade to retrieve the cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbour who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil-wrap.

13. Tie the little @!!@#@#$%'s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy-duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of steak. Be rough about it. Hold head vertically and pour 2 pints of water down throat to wash pill down.

14. Consume remainder of Scotch. Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and remove pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.

15. Arrange for RSPCA to collect mutant cat from hell and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.

How to give a dog a pill.

1. Wrap it in cheese.

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Re: Getting a cat to take tablets

Post by vietnammer » Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:06 pm

/\ :lol: If I were Monkeybubs though I'd.....

Just hocurred to me that the reason our cat blew its cookies is probably cos I crushed the tablet into the wet food, imparting a bitter taste. They're probably better off administered whole.

Hammerman (and others) may have the right way.

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Re: Getting a cat to take tablets

Post by Bamber Gascoigne » Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:41 pm

JBB - PMSL on train! :lol:

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Re: Getting a cat to take tablets

Post by Polaroid » Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:49 am

From the smile thread...
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When a cat sticks it's aris in your face, it's the equivalent of giving you a hug. It will only do this to people that they trust implicitly or have strong affection for.
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The Feline Suppository.
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Re: Getting a cat to take tablets

Post by vietnammer » Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:44 am

Update (as if you need it, but may be useful)...found out that it's not good to give the mog her 'main meal' any time close to having the tablets. Gave it her immediately after medication this morning (being pestered like crazy) and it was 'pavement pizza' time again. Think it must mean that if the tablet is still dissolving then there's a period of stomach upset. This means she probably didn't ingest the full dose of antibiotic. Could have done with some vet's advice re. this in the first place but I guess it's the same with humans.

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Re: Getting a cat to take tablets

Post by Whitters » Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:04 am

With our dog I always wrap them in a piece of cheese and they go down without a struggle.

Is there a cat equivalent of this? A mouse or a sparrow or something?

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Re: Getting a cat to take tablets

Post by The Old Man of Storr » Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:59 am

I had to give one of our pigs antibiotics - one pig out of the 3 we kept .

' Just put the antibiotics in its food ' says the Vet .

Obviously the Vet has never fed 3 pigs all at the same time , there's a pecking order and the pig who needed the antibiotics was bottom in the order - The bigger pig [ Mum ] was a saddleback , next in line [ Daughter ] was all black , the weakest link [ Daughter No 2 ] was all pink - I took loads of food to give No1 + No2 busy and tried giving Pig No3 her antibiotics in her bit of food - but pigs are like children , they always think that the other pig is getting something better and whoosh pig No3's antibiotics were swallowed up by pig No1 . :D

it took 2 of us to keep Pigs No1 + 2 busy while Jen gave Pig No 3 her antibiotics spread inside a big fat jam sandwich [ to disguise the taste ] .

Another time we took one of our hens to the Vet [ true story ] - there we were surrounded by the usual dogs and cats and there were we with our hen in a box - Donald John the old Vet was his lovely self and gave us some antibiotics and a syringe -

' Just stick it in the bit that you'd eat for your Sunday dinner ' he said quite seriously .

I let Jen do that - I was far too squeamish .

Out two cats were a piece of piss after that .

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Re: Getting a cat to take tablets

Post by Samba » Thu Jan 23, 2020 3:20 pm

The Old Man of Storr wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:59 am
Another time we took one of our hens to the Vet [ true story ] - there we were surrounded by the usual dogs and cats and there were we with our hen in a box - Donald John the old Vet was his lovely self and gave us some antibiotics and a syringe -
Just stick it in the bit that you'd eat for your Sunday dinner ' he said quite seriously .
I let Jen do that - I was far too squeamish .
Didn't you used to have trouble with your old cock, TOMoS?

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Re: Getting a cat to take tablets

Post by The Old Man of Storr » Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:38 am

Samba wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 3:20 pm
Didn't you used to have trouble with your old cock, TOMoS?
:D

Never kept one , Sams - despite what Self Sufficiency Guru , John Seymour used to say ' Hens like having it off as much as we do so you should always keep a cockerel ' we never went down the cockerel route - a lot of our neighbours did and lived to regret it .
Cockerels are noisy , they'll not only wake you up at dawn but the whole neighbourhood too - they'll also get your hens pregnant who then go on to produce more cockerels [ and hens ] - you're then left with an uncontrolled population of poultry and if you're not up to stretching a neck or two you have to bring someone in who can .
We had 18 hens at one point - 6 brown , six black and six game hens [ which I adopted from a mate who didn't want them any more ] along with three sows .

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Re: Getting a cat to take tablets

Post by Samba » Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:53 pm

The Old Man of Storr wrote:
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:38 am
:D

Never kept one , Sams - despite what Self Sufficiency Guru , John Seymour used to say ' Hens like having it off as much as we do so you should always keep a cockerel ' we never went down the cockerel route - a lot of our neighbours did and lived to regret it .
Cockerels are noisy , they'll not only wake you up at dawn but the whole neighbourhood too - they'll also get your hens pregnant who then go on to produce more cockerels [ and hens ] - you're then left with an uncontrolled population of poultry and if you're not up to stretching a neck or two you have to bring someone in who can .
We had 18 hens at one point - 6 brown , six black and six game hens [ which I adopted from a mate who didn't want them any more ] along with three sows .
Within the last year, I swear on more than one occasion in the early mornings, I heard a f*cking chicken crowing out in the back gardens somewhere.
It's just not something that you expect to hear in urban London.
I have since wondered if I had dreamt it.
It's either had its neck 'stretched' or I was hallucinating.

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Re: Getting a cat to take tablets

Post by S-H » Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:56 pm

Samba wrote:
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:53 pm
I heard a f*cking chicken crowing
Well bugger I..

Crowing chickens, eh?

:lol:

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Re: Getting a cat to take tablets

Post by Samba » Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:04 pm

S-H wrote:
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:56 pm
Well bugger I..

Crowing chickens, eh?

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as in cock-a-doodle-doodling..

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Re: Getting a cat to take tablets

Post by AnthraxDave » Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:03 pm

Whitters wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:04 am
With our dog I always wrap them in a piece of cheese and they go down without a struggle.

Is there a cat equivalent of this? A mouse or a sparrow or something?
No. Dogs are sensible, non-psychotic animals.
(Apart from Jack Russell)

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Re: Getting a cat to take tablets

Post by S-H » Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:05 pm

My Labrador will eat a tablet on its own, no trickery needed, anything that is going into stomach, is a bonus in his eyes.

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Re: Getting a cat to take tablets

Post by ageing hammer » Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:12 pm

Confucious say "better to go to bed with hen than pullit"

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Re: Getting a cat to take tablets

Post by Wembley1966 » Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:15 pm

Our cat got wise and realised that no matter how much of a struggle he put up, that we were determined to win. He then gave up struggling, let us pop the tablet down his throat and we'd think job done. 5 minutes later he'd be outside and spit it out!

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Re: Getting a cat to take tablets

Post by The Old Man of Storr » Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:34 pm

Samba wrote:
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:53 pm
Within the last year, I swear on more than one occasion in the early mornings, I heard a f*cking chicken crowing out in the back gardens somewhere.
It's what's known in the trade as a Boy Chicken .

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Re: Getting a cat to take tablets

Post by Los Martillos » Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:33 pm

we use tuna and a little olive oil. tablets can be crushed up and 'hidden'. Trick is to wait til the cat is hungry and give just enough tuna to hide the meds.

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