Tuesday, September 21, 2021

He Is Not Amused...

 Lukas has launched a kitty coup. It seems his love of pill pockets and the pills therein is being so sorely tested that he hid the largest of his morning pills, already broken into quarters,  in his litter box.

This is not good news for his allergy and certainly not for yours truly. Anyone who has ever had the misfortune to pill a cat without the aid of morsels chances a game of catch-me-if-you-can, a scratch or a bite if not quick enough.

Despite his sweet disposition and complete trust, my almost eleven year old cat has laid down the gauntlet. It will require some creative disguises on my part before another pill passes his lips.

Just when I thought things were improving...



10 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Good luck. Jazz now requires pilling twice a day (and will do until the end of his days). Sometimes we can conceal the tablet in morsels of food. When/if we can't blood is involved. Our blood. Fortunately Jazz doesn't hold a grudge. Or not for long. Our vet did tell us that if we were unable to pill him we could get the medication (for a cost) in a cream to smear over his ears. Could that be an option for Lukas and you?

Boud said...

Ive had cats I could pill exactly once before they adopted all kinds of tactics. Including pretending to swallow when I stroked his throat, the later spitting out the pill behind the sofa.. good luck with Lukas.

Joanne Noragon said...

I could never give my cat a pill, or successfully hide it in anything. Can you crush it to powder and sprinkle it on his food?

jenny_o said...

One of our cats is an aggressive biter and also requires a daily pill. I use Pill Pockets also. When she became fussy I switched to a different flavour of Pill Pockets and now I alternate each time I open a new bag or if she starts being fussy. Like you, I break her pills into smaller pieces. I use one Pill Pocket, divided into four bits (I do this first so none of the pill residue gets on it - cats have such sensitive noses), then I break the tablet into four, and wrap each PP bit around each bit of the tablet. That way she usually doesn't notice the hard bit inside each PP bit. If she gets even a tiny taste of the tablet she will spit the whole thing out and avoid the rest of the pills. I also wait until she is quite hungry to give her the Pill Pockets, and smear a tiny amount of her canned food on the prepared Pill Pocket. That way she is less fussy. Then I give her the rest of her portion of canned food. She seems to know the routine and it's something she looks forward to getting as soon as the pills down. I hope this helps. Cats are tricky! Good luck with Lukas.

Also, I have found a new brand of newspaper-based pellet kitty litter in case you become unable to get Yesterday's News. It is called Fresh 4 Life and is sold at Pet Valu. It is almost identical to YN. I've just switched one litter pan to F4L this morning and will see if it is accepted the same as the former brand.

37paddington said...

Could you crush it and mix it with his food?

Steve Reed said...

I used to have my vet make a liquid compound of Armenia's medicine, because I could never get a pill down her. I wonder if that's a possibility in this case?

Wisewebwoman said...

One of our cats was equally clever but I outclevered him with a tip from the vet. If you can hold his throat up and stroke it with one hand, he will open his mouth and you just throw the pill in.

Worth a try!

XO
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Secret Agent Woman said...

That probably wasn't meant to make me laugh, but it did. You have to admire his spirit and ingenuity!

e said...

I laughed finding the pill pocket in the box and yes, he is clever. No, crushing and putting in food does not work. He will not heal from kidney disease, we can only manage until it is time to go. Thankfully his values are stable. Transdermal is an option. so far he is doing fine.

Barbara said...

There’s something called a pill popper, it resembles a syringe but there’s a little claw at the bottom that holds the pill. Once you get the syringe part into the mouth, plunge and it shoots the pill in. Keeps you from having to put your fingers in biting distance. My vet kindly gave me one. Glad he’s doing fine!
Cats are so clever!
Xoxo
Barbara