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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-31-2015, 04:18 AM Thread Starter
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HOW To PILL a Cat!

There's some good tips here!

Easiest Way to Give Your Cat a Pill

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Thanks, Sharon! You have the best informational links!


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I shudder every time the vet prescribed capsule medication for Snowy.
Some medication that is not too bitter...I can mix it with a bit of water and Snowy will drink it just fine using a syringe.
But the really bitter ones were really HARD. I ended up throwing most of the pills for his post-neutering surgery because he just keeps puking it out (thank God he still recovered just fine).
However, I find that it really helpful to have someone help you now. My mom is the one who helps me and it is so much easier. I will put Snowy in my lap and open his mouth with my hands while my mom puts the pill in as far inside Snowy's mouth as she can. I will then quickly close his mouth and he tends to swallow the pill without much struggle after that
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There are also a LOT of terrific medicating tips, tricks, and techniques in the sticky right here on our forum at https://www.catforum.com/forum/38-hea...icate-cat.html
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I'm looking for a device, a piller, you could call it, that makes pilling a snap! It's a plastic cylinder. You insert 1 pill, make sure it goes to the bottom, put the other end in Kitty's mouth, and-VOILA! slide it down! I guess the pill goes to the back of the throat, and Kitty reflexively swallows it.
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I gave up on pilling some time ago. Now I crush the pill and put a couple drops of water on it and suck it up in a 1ml syringe (the smallest) and just squirt it in his mouth! Works like a champ. The benefits are being crushed it gets into their system faster.

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Marcia,

Just in case you weren't aware, you should never cut or crush all pills, especially those that are enteric coated (human pills and otherwise). Those that are, are specially formulated so that it resists stomach acids and are broken down and absorbed in the small intestine instead (right after it exists the stomach).

Some meds that are enteric coated are also done to prevent the bitterness of the meds during swallowing, so if you have trouble pilling a cat, it doesn't hurt to at least ask the vet for it in liquid form instead, or go to a compounding pharmacy. Granted, it will probably cost a bit more, but sometimes you need to ensure the cat gets the medication.
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With ANY kind of medicine, that a vet prescribes, for your pets, it's VERY Important to know the following:

1. Can it be given WITH food?

2. If it can't, How Long, before you can feed?

3. Are there ANY Other drugs/medicine's, that Should NEVER be taken together?
(This would include things like L-lysine, Slippery Elm, etc.).

4. PILLS...Is it safe to Crush, or NOT?
Crushing a pill that is not meant to be, could cause bigger problems for your pet!

These are just a few of the things, I'm aware of!
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Are there ANY Other drugs/medicine's, that Should NEVER be taken together?
(This would include things like L-lysine, Slippery Elm, etc.).

PILLS...Is it safe to Crush, or NOT?
Well, yes. All supplements you give your kitty on a regular basis should be informed to the vet, just like you'd do when you go to the MD (I hope), the doctor should know about drug interactions and will caution you IF you inform them of all supplements, including any OTC meds.

Slippery elm bark (SEB) should not be given within at least 2 hours before or after of the oral med given; it blocks the GI tract's absorbtion, thus rendering your prescribed med null if used otherwise.

Pills are also often CUT. Again don't do it for ones with enteric coatings, as I mentioned earlier. Negates the effects of the drug, or could make what was once an easy to pill cat turn into a tornado once he discovers how nasty that last pill was.
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