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quackinator
Quackinator  (Level: 168.2 - Posts: 151)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 12:53 PM

CATS

I see that many of us are cat lovers. Does anyone know of a good way to get a cat to take a liquid oral antibiotic???
I have tried putting it in food, no go.

donleigh
Donleigh  (Level: 147.5 - Posts: 5079)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 1:17 PM

Open a can of tuna or salmon, pour on the antibiotic, watch it disappear.

quackinator
Quackinator  (Level: 168.2 - Posts: 151)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 1:22 PM

nope, tried that yesterday. even that didn't work : (

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 2:35 PM

If they won't take it in strong tasting food then use a syringe (without needle of course) or you may manage with a plastic dropper.

quackinator
Quackinator  (Level: 168.2 - Posts: 151)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 4:00 PM

Thanks. We're having great difficulty getting him to take the syringe, which makes me think we're doing it wrong.... how do we get him to open up and accept the syringe?

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 5:49 PM

I probably won't explain this very well but here goes - squeeze gently but firmly either side of the 'hinge' of the cat's jaw with thumb and forefinger, this should make him open his mouth - be ready to insert syringe quickly on top of tongue and squeeze plunger. Takes a bit of practice and you don't want to squeeze the liquid in so quickly and so far back that the cat chokes - on the other hand if you release the liquid too near the front of his mouth, he'll just spit it out! Don't you just love animals! My personal preference is tablets - liquid sounds easier to administer but isn't in practice! Good luck!

Karen

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 6:39 PM

Hi,
Karen (Nelly) gave a terrific description of how to accomplish administering a liquid to a cat. I agree wholeheartedly that it's far easier to give a cat a tablet, so if your cat's antibiotic is available in that form, maybe your vet could make a change?

-- Geri

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 6:49 PM

this is an oldie but so funny, not much help with giving your cat the med, but should make you chuckle


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 neighbor'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. Flick 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 Tee shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12. Call fire department to retrieve the damn cat from across the road Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.

13. Tie the little bastard'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 filet 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 removes pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.

15. Arrange for SPCA 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 bacon.

2. Toss it in the air.



knerd
Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Mon, 11th Aug '08 12:12 AM

Loved that, Penn! Very funny!

chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.6 - Posts: 1332)
Mon, 11th Aug '08 8:13 AM

years ago when i had to put eardops in my cat's ears for ear mites, the vet suggested i swaddle her like a newborn in a thick towel. from then on, i have wrapped cats up in towels to administer any meds. it seemed to help calm them and certainly minimized scratches for me.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.0 - Posts: 5883)
Mon, 11th Aug '08 11:05 AM

I wrap mine up also and then do like Nelly (Karen) said.......only at the end.....I blow in their face and they have to gulp. Practice Practice Practice

flcyclist
Flcyclist  (Level: 124.4 - Posts: 691)
Sat, 16th Aug '08 12:33 PM

When I give my cats oral antibiotics, I've given up on trying to get their mouths open, so I just pull open the gums near the back of their clenched mouths, and insert some liquid there with a needleless syringe. It works pretty good, especially if you don't push too much at once and if you hold their head so that the liquid runs into the mouth by gravity. Good luck.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 16th Aug '08 1:15 PM

Nancy's right. That's the way the vet techs do it. My daughter-in-law taught me, and I've never had any trouble since. I've never been able to get a cat to take a pill. Liquid works perfectly with Nancy's method.

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Sat, 16th Aug '08 4:20 PM

I remember some years ago, with an extremely difficult cat (tabletwise), a vet suggested worming meds in liquid form instead of tablet. Great idea, I thought . . . BIG mistake! The syringe was supplied by the vet. I squirted in the medication through the side of the mouth, nice n easy (cat rigid and grimacing). Next minute let cat go, cat foams madly at the mouth, races round kitchen - medication all over the walls! Surprisingly, I've never tried liquid meds since!
Karen

acofish
Acofish  (Level: 59.9 - Posts: 98)
Sat, 16th Aug '08 10:47 PM

I have found what Cheyenn said to be true...the towel (or blanket) works well on several levels. It is so difficult for me to even look at this thread. The greatest kitty ever, my companion of 9 years, Chrissy, just passed away 3 weeks ago. I never imagined it would hurt this bad. It was very unexpected, a garage door accident, and she was gone. Please cherish each and every moment you have with your wonderful cats, for just like us, there is no guarantee of tomorrow.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sat, 16th Aug '08 10:57 PM

I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of your cat friend, Acofish. I have two cats at the moment and indeed, I cherish every minute with them.

-- Geri

flcyclist
Flcyclist  (Level: 124.4 - Posts: 691)
Sun, 17th Aug '08 12:48 AM

I'm awfully sorry to hear of your loss, Mike. I had two cats die (a year apart), both at age 20 a couple of years ago. One was my very all-time favorite. I still miss that cat. I now have three strays I've adopted, and I do love them, but none will replace that Russian Blue I loved so much!

acofish
Acofish  (Level: 59.9 - Posts: 98)
Sun, 17th Aug '08 10:02 AM

thanks, y'all.

Mike

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Sun, 17th Aug '08 1:21 PM

Amazing how a wee creature like a cat can have so much personality -- we had an orange tom just for a few month -- we called him TOM -- for The Orange Marauder -- he disappared -- we never found him, so just assummed someone kept him because he was so awesome -- that was 8 years ago and many cats later -- all three of my kids keep a picture of him still.

bobbsey
Bobbsey  (Level: 153.6 - Posts: 252)
Sat, 14th Mar '09 9:15 AM

i used to have all the troubles of giving tablets, till i had a brain storm after one vet visit, and went home and crushed the tablet, using the spoon method, made sure the cat was hungry, which isnt hard with a cat that thinks its throat is cut, every waking moment of the day, took some good steak out of the freezer, cut a decent chunk off, made a slit in the meat, shoved the tablet bits into the cut, took a can of the favourite meat, and put the mince over the steak. put it in the bowl, and wandered away to watch what happened. she sniffed the meat, looked left and right, probably to check if this was some sort of human experiment, and the windfall woild disappear, and chuffed the lot. i know its long winded, but it worked, and thats all right with me. oh , yes, she is healthy at the moment, but still looks for the good meat, before eating whats in the bowl. lol

bobbsey
Bobbsey  (Level: 153.6 - Posts: 252)
Sat, 14th Mar '09 9:17 AM

pennwoman, i am still laughing at what you wrote, ive sent it to 7 people, is something good going to happen to me for doing this, i hope so. man, that was funny/.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Sat, 14th Mar '09 9:34 AM

Thanks, its one of my favorites too!

wishbone
Wishbone  (Level: 36.5 - Posts: 22)
Sat, 4th Apr '09 10:33 AM

Wrap you cat tight in a towel with all paws inside, one person cradle your cat like a baby, holding tight, the next person then should try to get the syringe inside the cats mouth from the sde of the mouth and behind the fangs and squeeze. I always find this method easier than trying to open the mouth fully. Good luck.


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