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Help! Difficulty with worming tablets

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Shelflife Fri 21-Jan-22 09:21:07

My cat is a softie - until I want to get a worming tablet down her! Had no trouble with previous cats but this one is a nightmare! Tried every , wrapping her in a towel with DH helping , crushing and mixing with food but to no avail. Have asked the vet to do it for me , he took her into a side room to do the job! !! Said it was a struggle but managed it. She instinctively knows when I approach her with a tablet and is on her guard! Any advise please , I have managed it a few times but it’s a huge struggle and I do not want to get bitten!!!
It is so out of character for her as she is a lap cat and has never shown aggression - unless she is aware of a tablet ! Any advise please??

Hetty58 Fri 21-Jan-22 09:24:50

Hide the tablet (or half of) in her favourite treat, like a piece of chicken. Feed her a few pieces first - then offer the tablet-filled one. It works for mine!

Shropshirelass Fri 21-Jan-22 09:26:14

My friend used to wrap the cat tightly in a towel, open the mouth and put a pen across to keep the mouth open and stop the cat biting and quickly push a pill to the back of the mouth, past the point of getting it back out! Needed two pairs of hands and took a bit of doing but it worked! Good luck.

FannyCornforth Fri 21-Jan-22 09:28:22

Lick e lix squeezy tubes.
Try mixing it with that. My uber fussy cat loves them.

I’m sure that someone will post that brilliant Giving a Pill to a Cat story by the Canadian vet soon (please!)

My cat has spot on treatment which includes wormer in it. Perhaps you could use that instead?

Good luck, cats are very infuriating!

MerylStreep Fri 21-Jan-22 09:33:47

My vet showed me how to do it.
Hand on the top of the head opening the mouth with index finger and thumb. Pop tablet in shut mouth. It never failed.
This was with a large feisty cat.

FannyCornforth Fri 21-Jan-22 09:37:27

I think it’s all in the attitude. They can smell your fear!
My aunty can do anything to a cat, as they know she’s boss.
Unfortunately I don’t have the knack.
Shelflife now that the cat is expecting a bit of a tussle you are on a loser already (sorry).

Coastpath Fri 21-Jan-22 10:08:16

My dog will eat anything if I break it up small enough and hide it in a little ball of Cheddar cheese. As Hetty58 says, I offer a few plain pieces of cheese first to lure her into a false sense of security.

I spend many 'happy' hours rolling miniscule pieces of worming tablet into tiny cheese balls. A girl needs a hobby. smile

I don't think cats should eat cheese, but her favourite food might be worth a try.

kittylester Fri 21-Jan-22 10:11:29

We have one of those syringe-y things! Two f our cats are fairly easy but the 3rd can read your mind and disappears.

Daisymae Fri 21-Jan-22 10:16:55

The worming tablets my dog has from the vet are palatable so she will just eat them as a treat. Anything else I grind between 2 spoons and mix with a teaspoon of food or some butter.

MiniMoon Fri 21-Jan-22 10:19:14

Here it is

Oldbat1 Fri 21-Jan-22 10:35:07

I buy cheap pate for my dog who needs two tablets per day for arthritis. She loves pate even with a tablet rolled inside. Try fish paste or the like. Years ago we had a lovely placid cat but at the vets she was an absolute devil. Vet used to call her the “heller” cat - we were very friendly with the vet.

Septimia Fri 21-Jan-22 11:13:25

Try Easypill. Got mine from Amazon. It's a sort of sticky paste that you wrap round the tablet. It's suggested that you roll a few small bits up like treats to give to the cat first, then slip in the one with the pill. It worked like magic with our cats.

Aveline Fri 21-Jan-22 11:20:28

We thought one of our cats was easy to give tablets to. However, when we moved house we found a neat pile of spat out tablets behind the sofa!

Elizabeth27 Fri 21-Jan-22 11:42:09

I used the towel around, open mouth, and coat pill in butter method. It slides down easier.

grandtanteJE65 Fri 21-Jan-22 12:03:47

MerylStreep

My vet showed me how to do it.
Hand on the top of the head opening the mouth with index finger and thumb. Pop tablet in shut mouth. It never failed.
This was with a large feisty cat.

This is what I do, and it has always worked even with the cats I have had that were definitely not good about taking pills.

I close the kitchen door very firmly before starting, so that the cat can't run away.

It helps if you make it clear to the cat that this is one fight YOU are going to win.

grandtanteJE65 Fri 21-Jan-22 12:23:32

www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTFfsRtHgCE
www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnikCuQtFOw

The lower link is the one you wanted I believe, but the first one is infinitely more amusing, although not all the advice should be followed.

sodapop Fri 21-Jan-22 12:27:42

Dogs are a doddle compared to cats, we have both and it's always the cat who is difficult. We use MerylStreep's method as well.
Our vet never has a problem and is so casual about it. Think as Grandtante said you have think you will win.
.

MiniMoon Fri 21-Jan-22 13:13:22

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Frustrated in trying to pill your cat? Here is a little pilling humor to help keep your spirits up. Please DO NOT try these methods at home. :-)



How To Pill a Cat


Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on each side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat gently in left arm and repeat process.

Retrieve cat from bedroom, pick up and throw soggy pill away.

Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for count of ten.

Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse in from garden.

Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into cat's mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill out of foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep up shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set on one side for gluing later.

Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with a pencil and blow into drinking straw.

Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink glass of water to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed. Get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door just enough so that head is showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with plastic band.

Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Throw t-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

Call fire department to retrieve cat from tree across road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.

Tie cat's front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table. Find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by a large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour 2 pints of water down throat to wash pill down.

Get spouse to drive you to emergency room, drop off cat at vet clinic on the way. Sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearms and removes pill from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home and order new dining table.



How To Pill a Dog


Wrap it in a piece of bacon and toss it.

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MiniMoon Fri 21-Jan-22 13:14:57

Sorry about all the extra stuff. I had to copy the entire text as my tablet couldn't copy the bit in the middle without it.

Oopsadaisy1 Fri 21-Jan-22 13:32:53

I used the method that merylstreep said but after the pill was in I held our cats mouth closed until he swallowed. Otherwise he would spit it out again. I knelt on the floor and held him between my knees , gently, of course nowadays I wouldn’t be able to get back up again!
The dog has her pills wrapped in a small piece of a Dairy Lea cheese slice, no probs, but if we put it into a piece of cheddar she will eat the cheese and out pops the pill.

shysal Fri 21-Jan-22 14:33:15

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For my Bugsie's daily thyroid medication I use Pill Pockets or Easy Pill, but a bit expensive for the occasional tablet. He knows he has to eat it before I give him his dish of food.

Have you tried the spot-on type of wormer, I use Profender? I warm it in my pocket then sneak it behind the neck without them even knowing I have done it. Same applies to flea treatment.

My vet friend taught me to give pills by scruffing the back of the neck and lifting the front end of the animal, which naturally causes the mouth to open. Poke the pill in the side gap in the teeth, either by hand or with a syringe-type applicator. Wait for a swallow before releasing.

Good luck!

Callistemon21 Fri 21-Jan-22 14:36:45

We tried everything with one of our dogs but he could sort out a tablet from a piece of meat, cheese or whatever, wait for a bit until you thought he'd swallowed it, then spit it out.

The vet advised gently holding his mouth shut and stroking his throat until he swallowed; sometimes it worked, other times the tablet would be in his cheek ready to spit as soon as my back was turned.

Why can't they do the medication in liquid form so you can use a syringe?

Callistemon21 Fri 21-Jan-22 14:38:27

MiniMoon grin

vissos Fri 21-Jan-22 15:05:10

Hope you find something that works! Sorry I have no tips - I find dogs bad enough & most of those will eat anything! But it's one of the reasons I'd never have a cat (that & their killing habits, risk of something happening to them while they're out, litter trays... ) 😼

sharon103 Fri 21-Jan-22 15:17:53

MiniMoon

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Frustrated in trying to pill your cat? Here is a little pilling humor to help keep your spirits up. Please DO NOT try these methods at home. :-)


How To Pill a Cat


Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on each side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat gently in left arm and repeat process.

Retrieve cat from bedroom, pick up and throw soggy pill away.

Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for count of ten.

Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse in from garden.

Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into cat's mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill out of foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep up shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set on one side for gluing later.

Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with a pencil and blow into drinking straw.

Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink glass of water to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed. Get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door just enough so that head is showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with plastic band.

Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Throw t-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

Call fire department to retrieve cat from tree across road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.

Tie cat's front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table. Find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by a large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour 2 pints of water down throat to wash pill down.

Get spouse to drive you to emergency room, drop off cat at vet clinic on the way. Sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearms and removes pill from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home and order new dining table.


How To Pill a Dog


Wrap it in a piece of bacon and toss it.

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I'm cracking up laughing here. Soo funny.
I'm having to give my poorly cat 3 tablets a day at the moment and I don't know who's more stressed, her or me. Her jaws are firmly locked and it's a nightmare.
More tips welcome please. smile