|Purred: Wed Jul 9, '08 8:35am PST |
|The pill pusher is a miracle gift for giving meds to cats! If for some reason the "burrito" method mentioned above doesn't work (some cats REALLY fight when they know they are being immobilized, try my "back-up" method.
Kneel on the floor and back the cat up and try to get it to sit on the floor right up next to your body. This way, if it tries to stand up or go over your legs, it's easier to restrain. Have the pill in the pill pusher in one hand. Use the other hand to pry the mouth open and tilt the head back some (mine loll their heads waaaay back to try and avoid anything going in the mouth, but that actually makes it easier!), and pop the pill down the throat. Then IMMEDIATELY stroke the throat from chin to chest several times to force the cat to swallow. This method works for cats who are not too claw-oriented. My two reach up, but they don't actually attack me. They are mostly escape-oriented, so if I am quick to medicate and release, they just dart a few feet away, look at me indignantly, and start bathing.
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