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So Dita saw the vet today. We're clear of ear mites! The rash seems to be just from lack of bathing, and her werid back seems to just be her body storing some fat! So yay!

However she does have a bad upper respitory infection, but he put her on doxy for a week to clear it up.

So my quiestion is how do you give a cat pills? I've done oral meds but they were usually liquid. The pharmacist said to crush them into food for her. BUT the instructions say to eat an hour BEFORE or two hours AFTER eating? So I'm confused.

Do I just force feed her or mix them with food? Help? :Woo::Woo:
 

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my vet gave me a pill "thrower" which is my god-send from the pill gods lol. it's awesome! i would HIGHLY recomend getting one.

in the past, if my cats are TOTALLY against the pill, i will crush it and mix with a TINY bit of water and put it in a suringe and give it to them orally, that way.

They also make these "pockets" (treats) called "pill pockets" that i buy at the local pet store for our dog, but i have seen cat ones too. they're made by Greenies. my dog had to take a GIANT fish oil suppliment for her pregnacy and wouldn't take it AT ALL, until i found these awesome treats! she LOVES taking her vitamins now!

As for the pill not being able to be taken with food/treats, i would ask the dr. they may say a small pills/cheese/canned food or whatever would be ok, if it's a small enough dose.

Good luck on the med times. i have also found that it is helpful to hold the kitties like an infant baby. gives you more control and puts their mouth at the right position.

one of my kitties has chronic URI's so we have learned many tricks of the trade :)
 

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I also use a piller. But I have also used my fingers before, to just push the pill back deeply into their mouths. But if the pills are nasty tasting, I will get bit. So if they can't take it crushed in their food, I sometimes try to make it a liquid, but some meds will make them froth at the mouth uncontrollably and then they will start running away from you every time you come near--so the pill pockets or the piller are your best choices if can't be mixed with food.
 

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I just shove it down their throat and then hold their mouth shut and massage their throat until they swallow it. Mostly I have done liquid.
 

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I forgot--I mixed my doxy with chicken baby food and water and gave it to them as liquid. I've also mixed it with V.A.L. syrup to make it a liquid too.
 
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The Greenies Pill Pockets are awesome! When gable has to take pills, I bought these, stuffed the bitter pill in the little hole in the little pocket in the treat and NOM NOM NOM! He goes nuts for those things! Sometimes I fill the pocket up with his Lysine gel and give it to him because he hates the gel stuff. He will take it in the pocket though.
 

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I used to use a pill gun. Just load up the pill, pry open their mouth, insert gun and it was done. But the kitties always ran when they saw the gun in my hand so it was never a fun thing to do. Then I came here and learned about the Greenie pill pockets and haven't used the gun since.
 

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A friend of mine used the pill popper "gun" with her kitty Tibby, it worked well for her..I watched her a few times,,it was no fuss.
 

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These are great posts on giving pills. I just have the knack (brag, brag). I swoop down on them and shove it down their throat before they knew what hit them. I should have been a vet tech.:Smile:
 
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Okay so I used the pill pockets and she keeps throwing them up. Can she eat when she takes her Doxy because I think her lack of food in her belly is making her vomit.
 
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