I just wanted to post words of encouragement. It's a shock to our
little furballs to suddenly have pills shoved down their throats, so
naturally they resist for awhile. I don't know about the rest of
you, but Boris is spoiled rotten and has rarely been required to do
anything he hates. He exhibited all the typical behaviors, including
hiding from us, hissing even without provocation, growling and acting
hurt, emotional problems, etc. We were lucky in that this only
lasted about 2 weeks.
When I first started I was just as emotional and I know Boris sensed
this. After about a week of crying and feeling frustrated, I calmed
myself down and became rather stoic. I just decided that I wasn't
going to get upset, that this had to be done and that was that. When
I'd do it wrong and Boris would start hissing, I'd just talk to him
sensibly about why this had to work. He calmed down right after that.
The suggestions offered here are terrific. We found that holding
Boris between the legs with the back feet crossed so he can't weasel
out backwards works wonders. Pulling the head backwards while
holding the cheekbones area supposedly makes the jaw drop open
naturally. This isn't the case with Boris, our little fighter, but
maybe it works with Gizmo. With the other hand you can drop or use a
pill shooter to put the pill at the back of the tongue so it doesn't
taste. Then shut the mouth and stroke the throat.
So if that doesn't work, liquids are easier to get inside through the
corner of the mouth, and they can be compounded with flavors, or do
try the compounded "treats". Unfortunately Boris and many other cats
are too smart for their own good and smell the meds in the treats.
Some cats like the unmedicated samples but immediately smell the meds
once they're added. We wasted $30 on them, but it was worth the
gamble just in case it worked.
Lastly, with multiple meds gelcaps are a must, the less times you
pill Gizmo the easier he'll accept this new routine.
Don't get discouraged, cats naturally resist any change, but
especially if that change isn't fun. Not reacting to kitty's
emotions, doing it at the same time each day, and rewarding Gizmo
right afterwards with his favorite treat should eventually work.
Boris is very treat oriented, so we practically shove his treat in
his mouth as soon as the pill is down. He especially loves Whisker
Lickins and we don't give them to him any other time. This really
works for him. Plus you don't want to give pills on an empty stomach.
Good luck, keep at it and it will eventually work. I know that's
easy for me to say, but you will succeed.
Also, I was encouraged when you sent the numbers for Gizmo's heart
rate, it's very low which is terrific. If some of the bigger pills
aren't necessary, maybe you should wait a month until he's used to
the routine? Just a suggestion.
Maureen & Boris
-- In feline-heart@y..., "lois_051958" <ljones432@e...> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am having a really rough night trying to give Gizmo his pills. I
> have been trying on and off for 4 hours. I am almost in tears.
> I bought baby food and mixed supps in that. He wouldn't eat it. I
> then put it in a feeding syringe. It squirted so fast into his
> that it freaked him out and he hid for a while. Some of the pills
> are so big I dont have the heart to try the pill pusher. I have
> pills (all supps) and 3-5 drops of another supp.