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September 18th 2012 7:52 am
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Jack's medications for congestion are two liquids and one small pill. Throughout his life he's been fairly easy to medicate. Something is different this time. He's fighting taking the meds, he's making every effort to clamp his (very strong) jaw shut and to spit out the liquid. Anyone have any ideas and words of encouragement?
Jack's Mom

Purred by: Lisa P

September 18th 2012 at 8:53 am

Wrap a towel around him like a burrito and have someone sit behind him holding him and his paws still. Go for the side of his mouth and while he's being held syringe it in as quickly as you can without him spitting too much out. You could also gently grab the scruff of his neck while you have him in the burrito and syringe it. He'll be more relaxed if you have his scruff.
Purred by: Skylar db#39A (Catster Member)

September 18th 2012 at 9:32 am

We kinda do like Alex, but sometimes it is tougher if you don't have another person to help you. We do the purrito thing and practically sit on them from behind so that they can't back up. Use a hand to open the mouth and give quick squirt. Rubbing down their chin and under their neck will also cause them to swallow so that more of the meds go down. We are purring for you, we know how stressful it can be for all of you.
Purred by: Norman DB#93 2001-2013 (Catster Member)

September 18th 2012 at 10:42 am

Meowmy does the same thing to me as mentioned above, also a quick gentle blow on the nose most always causes me to swallow to pill down once it is in my mouth. I am sorry you are having to take medicine, it is not fun for anybody involved. We will be praying they help.
Purred by: Rose - beautiful angel (Catster Member)

September 18th 2012 at 11:28 am

We don't have additional suggestions, but watned to let you know we're sending lots of purrs.
Purred by: Gentleman Jack, An Angel Now (Catster Member)

September 18th 2012 at 11:33 am

Thanks for purrs and suggestions. The burrito helped and also blowing on the nose. Got the mid-day pill down but he's still managing to spit out most of the liquid.
Purred by: Lisa P

September 18th 2012 at 11:47 am

She might have to give you the liquid quicker than she is and not give you time to spit it out.
Purred by: Squirrel (Catster Member)

September 18th 2012 at 11:56 am

Sweetie, we do not have experience in anything like that. I am part feral, so medicating me would be next to impossible.
So, we will just purr for you and especially your humans. This sort of thing is very tough on them. All they can do, is their best. And we know they will. You are so handsome!!!
Love & purrs,
Squirrel & family
Purred by: Orange Ruffy (Catster Member)

September 18th 2012 at 1:03 pm

What liquid is it?
Sometimes the vet can administer a hard to give medication as a shot. Don't know what it is, but that can sometimes save you both some serious aggra.

We are purring up a storm for Handsome Jack.

purrs big guy...purrs.
Purred by: Gleek (Catster Member)

September 18th 2012 at 1:23 pm

We get Pill Pockets for pills. They are soft treats with a hole for the pill. Then a treat goes on top to make it more enticing. Sometimes you can split the pill pockets if the pills aren't too big. You just need enough of it to cover the pill. Good luck, Jack - we're purring for you!
Purred by: ♥ Anna ♥ (Catster Member)

September 18th 2012 at 2:33 pm

Jack we are so very sorry you are so ill Sweetie. all the suggestions above are good ones, it is really hard to give us kitties our medicine. We are praying for you my furiend. lots of gentle healing hugs Anna and furryones
Purred by: Natasha (Catster Member)

September 18th 2012 at 4:28 pm

I was hard to medicate but I was a small cat so my mom could over rule me in this. Purrrrrring for your health.....
Purred by: Purincess Miranda (Catster Member)

September 18th 2012 at 6:20 pm

Please take yer medicine, G Jack! We luvs you. All the ideas above are the stuff we'd advise. Pill pockets work pretty well for us. Mom also has a pill shooter thingie so she doesn't have to stick her finger into our mouths when all else fails. Lots o times my family makes it to two-person job. One holds the kitty, one does the pill job. Mom also puts butter on the pill sometimes. Makes it slip down easier and tastes good in the mouth.
Purred by: Pipo (Catster Member)

September 18th 2012 at 9:18 pm

I am the spitter here, but we do the things as pretty well. Liquids are harder because they do not taste like anything a kitty would want...maybe the dispensing pharmacy can add flavoring? I know that human pharms do that fur kidlet's meds.
Purred by: Minuette (Catster Member)

September 18th 2012 at 10:35 pm

I do the same thing! Mom just crosses her fingers and hopes that everything I need comes in pill or shot form. Mom's looking at the advice here and is taking it in . . . stop doing that Mom! Do not listen to a word they say, I am not taking any yucky liquid medicine! You will wear it on your clothes if you try it, you hear!
Anyway, the purrs will keep on coming for you!
Purrs and Arrrs,
Purred by: Misha Angel (Catster Member)

September 19th 2012 at 4:17 am

All the ideas here are good ones! If the medicine is not too yucky tasting, you can hide it in wet food. I took 1 pill in each of my two meals for years. Mom crushed it and mixed it in. But if you hate the taste and won't eat your food,sorry doode, your mom will have to shoot it down your throat :(
We are purring for you,
Furts, Misha,Molly and Macy
Purred by: Platelicker ♥ DB#69 (Catster Member)

September 19th 2012 at 8:43 am

*holds paws over mouth* MamaCat usually gives up on the battle that ensues when trying to give me meds and waves the white flag and goes for the bandaids! MOL! :D

Then she goes into the "trick the cat" mode... very stealthy and I fall for it a few times : /

You need to take your meds though handsome Jack so much luck to your Mom : )

Purred by: Alex R

September 19th 2012 at 9:17 am

For Fearless, and for the ferals outside, it has been nearly impossible to give pills and such. The vet had suggested mixing liquids (and/or ground pills) into wet food, but also add some half and half cream. The fat in the cream helps mask the taste of the medicine, and is generally not enough to cause a reaction to the dairy product. Hopefully Jack is still eating well? You could time it so that treatments were with the first meal of the day (make sure there was no food sitting out over night so that he is at his hungriest.)


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