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#1 candes

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:45 AM

My boy Teddy Bearz takes the largest of pills like a pro. And he makes his mama very proud. But there is one instance that has still proven to be difficult. Taking bitter pills. Bitter pills can make a cat foam at the mouth profusely. To the point that you need a roll of paper towels handy. The thing is, once you get the pill far enough back, they usually push it forward a tidge to swallow it. Then along comes the saliva foaming and freely flowing like an active volcano.

Teddies specialist suggested we try a piller. Available at the vets office for a few bucks. I armed myself with the piller, paper towels, and a syringe full of water (Very little along gum line and before they start foaming. Otherwise they could choke.). He foamed just a tidge but only enough to make a small wet spot on a single paper towel. Much better than soaking them faster than I can rip them off and throw them into a heap. And for some reason the cat does not resist a long apparatus stuck into their mouth. Success! But I would still suggest washing the pill down with a bit of water afterwards. It removes any residue of a bitter taste. The pill gun would also be great for cats that can't tolerate pills at all.

I was not certain if I should put this under reviews or health, so I am linking it to both. Also, here is a great video that illustrates how to use the cat piller.


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:48 AM

This lady makes it look super easy! Lol! :) Max was fully wrapped in a towel last time vet had to give him a pill, looking almost like an ET! He was absolutely refusing to open his mouth or be still. :)
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:57 AM

Ok I guess difficult cats will always be difficult. :lol But this certainly helps the bitter problem. I know Ncarver had this problem before also. What a sight to see all that foam just pouring out. :lol
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:17 PM

Hah, with Remy the extreme foaming was with using a piller!! We don't ever gives cats pills any other way. Have used them for years, starting with our MC mix Karma who had HCM and was getting pills several times each and every day. Use pillers with Bella for her daily budesonide capsules now.

I will note that not all pillers work equally well IMO. Got one from specialist that looks a great deal like the one pictured in the video, and I could not get it to work with Bella's capsules. The other ones we have will literally shoot the capsule out if you pop it appropriately. With the newer one, the capsules sometimes didn't even come out or just barely fell out. This means you will have to jam the rubber end way back into their mouths. With the older ones we use, you need only get the end into the center back area of their mouths and pop. Pill will typically go down and they barely even notice it. Rubber doesn't touch their mouths even. I also note that if you are trying to do this by yourself, it can help to be sitting on top of the cat to keep them from backing away and shaking their heads. This is now I have to do Remy (he won't let Judy and I both get ahold of him). If we both do Bella, it takes only about 10 secs for the entire pilling operation.

Most vets strongly recommend getting either a bit of water or wet food down a cat's throat after it is given any pill. We use wet food. Trying to syringe water is too messy and you have to be careful they don't aspirate it.
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Posted 25 October 2013 - 03:59 PM

Since Saoirse is back to taking pills (again) I thought I would explain how I give her antibiotic pills. First cats do not chew food like humans. They rip prey apart into pieces large enough to swallow but they don't chew it into small bits like we do. They will crunch kibble a few time and swallow (since it is dry and hard) but give them a small piece of food and they will scarf it down without even tasting it.

I take her half pill (cut in halves with a pill cutter so it doesn't crumble) and put a tiny bit of Pill Pocket on the cut end. This is important. If you follow directions and use a whole Pill Pocket, it will encourage the cat to chew the pill because the Pill Pocket "dough" is so chewy. Then I place the half pill in the middle of a small pile of treats on a small plate. I put the plate on the floor and walk away. She runs over when she smells the treats and a few seconds later she had voluntarily swallowed her pill. I closely examine the area all around the plate to make sure she has swallowed it.

I've been using Pure Bites Shrimp (small dehydrated shrimp) for the treat. I break them into two pieces so she is not tempted to chew the pill. Many cats will not even need that bit of Pill Pocket dough. For some cats you might also need to cut a large pill into fourths.

Saoirse knows I have that bag of shrimp and she knows where I store it. The only time I give her the treats is when she has to take her pill so when I open that drawer she is really happy and excited. This is so much less stressful that any other way of giving a cat a pill. No forcing their mouth open. No wrapping them up in a towel. But if I had not tried this myself, I would not believe it was possible. Saoirse put her tooth halfway through my thumb when I tried to give her a pill the first time so I am experienced soldier in the pill battle.

This only works, of course, when the cat is interested in eating.
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Posted 26 October 2014 - 01:43 PM

I am not sure if this will help any of you with giving pills.Alby had to have some for the last few months and at first we thought we would never get them into him .We went from pills to liquid and the liquid was worse than the pill.I came up with putting it in a pill pocket and rolling that in some crushed dry food.He took it straight away and in the end was so excited to get it he was thinking it was a treat.It sure was better than getting clawed up.
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