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How to Give a Cat a Pill

1. Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby.
Position right forefinger and thumb on either 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.

2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa.

Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.

4. 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 a count of ten.

5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe.

Call spouse in from the garden.

6. 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 mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub
cat's throat vigorously.

7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail.

Get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines
and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

8. 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 pencil and blow down drinking straw

9. Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans and have a stiff drink to take taste away. Apply band-aid to
spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with hydrogen peroxide & cold water.

10. Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed.

Get another pill. Have another drink. Place cat in cupboard, and close door onto neck, to leave head
showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard
door back on hinges. Have two more drinks.

Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Apply alcohol compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back some more shots. Throw tee-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12. Call fire department to retrieve the damn cat from the top of the tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor
who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat.

Take last pill from foil wrap.

13. Using heavy-duty pruning gloves from shed, tie the little *&#%^'s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of filet steak. Be rough about it. Hold head vertically and pour two pints
of water down throat to wash pill down.

14. Drink everything left in the house. Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room. Sit quietly while doctor
stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to
order new table.

How To Give A Dog A Pill

1. Wrap it in bacon.

2. Toss it in the air

Very true. :p Though I've been able to trick Eddie into taking his pills...



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Jul. 25th, 2010 12:16 pm (UTC)
With my late cat, we didn't do all that. Just got a pill popper thing, and shot it down her throat. If it was liquid she had to take? If she was feeling better, she would glare--and then would spit it at the nearest person's face. Usually Mom.
Jul. 27th, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
I was about to say "At least if it's liquid the cat HAS to swallow it and can't spit it out." Until I saw the above comment. Eep! I'm glad my cats haven't learned to spit liquid out.

How do you trick Eddie? I've started using Pill Pockets and they work pretty well. Nemo loves them and usually gobbles them up without detecting the pill if I give him a few plain pieces first, and Gianni doesn't resist them quite as much as a bare pill, though I still have to shove them in his mouth.
Jul. 31st, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
I hide Eddie's pills in pieces of cheese. He never notices they're there. His last pill was a capsule that had to be broken so the powder could be mixed with anything- easiest pill pushing ever!
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