Just saw this-
when my cat first went on her meds, there was
absolutley no way to get her to take her pills. We
went through various ways of pilling, liquidized
medicine to swallow, etc etc.
We finally came up with the following routine:
atenolol gel in her ear every morning, lasix and
enalopril crushed up and put in an amount of food that
she would eat for dinner. Once she got use to the
taste, I have begun just throwing the whole enalopril
in a small amount of wet food (she has been weened off
the lasix now) and sprinkling some dry food on top.
She must have gotten use to the taste of the pill, and
assumes its the same crunch as her dry food. It has
worked great for us. I was concerned about crushing
her pill at first, but the vets agreed that it would
be ok since she ate it all up quickly. She has been on
this set up for nearly a year now and is doing great.
Life has been much easier on Sagira and I since!!
> Hi Michelle,
> In a message dated 4/20/05 6:00:41 PM,
> mkratchman@... writes:
> << My question is---is it possible to crush a pill
> with the food? >>
> It's possible to do it, yes. But that doesn't mean
> it's beneficial or
> appropriate for the cat.
> << I notice that no one is suggesting this and i
> why? >>
> B/c many synthetic medications have an unpleasant
> smell or taste, which is
> even stronger to a cat's sensitive sense of smell
> than to ours. Cats have a
> powerful instinctual mechanism to not eat anything
> that smells foreign. This
> increases the likelihood that they will refuse food,
> which is necessary for life
> and a pleasure, that has been mixed with medication.
> Further, there is also the
> possibility that the cat won't consume the portion
> of food in which the
> medication has been mixed, so there's no guarantee
> the cat is getting the full dose
> of medication.
> << I do know how to hold for pilling, but Thumper
> gets easily upset >>
> If it's really impossible to pill the cat, then it
> may be worthwhile to have
> the medication(s) compounded into another form. //
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