A Bitter Pill to Swallow
Yesterday I was talking to a coworker about giving a cat medicine (more on this, as she needs your expert cat advice). She prefers liquid, but I don't know if that's always a choice with some meds.
I've never yet had to give either of my cats a pill, and I worry about when I might have to. Dogs are easy--at least mine are. I just pry open their jaws, pop it in, hold it shut, blow on the nose, massage the throat and its done. The Boss can't do this. He has to give Scooter his afternoon seizure pill and he said "he can't" get Scooter to open his mouth. I showed him how to do it, but he just puts the pill in a little piece of bread instead. I guess he's afraid to pry those jaws apart, as Scooter is a stubborn boy. The other dogs all get their heartworm meds once a month, and since they are chewable, they think its a treat and gobble it right up. Same with the Rimydyl pill Peanut had to take for a few days after his leg problem the other day. But Peanut will eat a rock if I pretended it was a treat--you know how piggish hound dogs are!
But how do you give a pill to a cat? Catfish and Tarzan both don't like to be messed with at all. How do you do it cat people? I have a hard enough time putting Revolution on them once a month, but that doesn't require getting something down their throat.
Back to my coworkers cat problem. She has lots of cats and one, a female inside-only cat, has had runny stools for a couple of days. No blood, no foreign objects. She said her butt also looks tender and a bit swollen.The cat is eating and drinking normally and doesn't seem to have pain or other issues when using the litter box. She thought worms, but her other cats are fine. I talked to Suzanne at Cats Are Us, who said the best thing to do is get a stool sample in to the vet, as it could be bacterial or maybe even a problem with anal glands.
So, I know many of you are well-versed in all things cat-related, so if you have any thoughts, please share.
posted by Sandy at 3/08/2007 08:52:00 AM