How Do You Pill a Cat?

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What Methods Do You Employ to Pill a Cat?

As many of you know who follow us on Facebook, my sister’s 2-year old Ragdoll cat, Addie, was recently diagnosed with Feline Eosinophilic Sclerosing Fibroplasia.  As part of her protocol, she has to take two antibiotics, 1 steroid – which add up to pilling her 6 times, 2 times a day.  It’s a lot, so my sister and I were discussing piling strategies.  It was my sister’s idea to do a video that showed how we each went about pilling her.  Addie is the first cat my sister has pilled, and Addie is the 6th cat I have pilled.  I have also pilled our German Shepherds.

Have you pilled your cat?  What tips and tricks do you have to share?  How do you go about pilling your cat?

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  1. I kind of do it more like how Amy does it – I’ve never had to pill Denali, but Dusty is a pro at taking pills with all the medical issues he’s had over the last 4 years. He doesn’t like it, but we’ve got the routine down so it’s quick and easy! He takes herbs to support his kidneys, which means two tiny capsules each evening.

    I find that capsules are the only way to go if possible. I don’t use a water chaser, but I find that the capsules get “slippery” as soon as they are in their mouth, so they slide right down. I always follow up with some freeze dried chicken treats or their regular meal.

    The metronidazole that you mentioned is a very bitter pill, so I’m not surprised they tried to put it in a treat, but it can also be compounded into a capsule so they don’t have to taste it. Even Clavamox can be compounded into capsules, and the bonus is it’s about half the cost of the brand name Clavamox!

    Stormy is currently on prednisone to try to get his asthma under control. I fit 1 1/2 of the 5 mg pills into a size 3 capsule, which is pretty tiny. Slides right down (see slippery capsule comment above!) Stormy is as easy to pill as Dusty.

    Glad Addie is doing better. If she’s going to be on a long term medication regiment, I highly recommend getting as many into capsules as you can. 🙂

    I’d make a video of how I give Dusty and Stormy their pills, but I don’t have anyone to hold the camera. 🙂

    1. Addie is actually on Prednisolone which my cat vet said is safer for cats. I didn’t know there was a difference.

      Clavamox was awesome for Rags – so I love the brand name…but Amy is considering herbs for Addie – are you giving tea pills for herbs?

      1. Prednisolone is what Stormy is taking too. It doesn’t seem to be helping his coughing but that’s a story for another day.

        I’ve used enough Clavamox over the last 4 years that I should own stock in the company. 🙂 It’s SO expensive. I’ve actually cut up the Clavamox pills and put them into a capsule in the past, but prefer to let the compounding pharmacy fill the prescription.

        I don’t use the tea pills. Our acupuncture vet gives me the ground herbs, and I fill the size 3 capsules using a capsule filling gadget I bought. It’s a chinese combination called Liu Wei Di Huang Wan.

        I’m a big fan of using the best of eastern and western medicine in combination. I think acupuncture and herbs have made a world of difference for Dusty.

  2. Wonderful post, Jenny! Lurve the instructional videos! Very helpful! (Luckily, we haven’t had a need to pill Miss Pink Sugarbelle. However, if we every have to I will use the method you have shown in your video. I like the way you and Amy do it with Addie.) Addie looks so GOOD! Am so glad her recovery has been going so very well! She’s such a beautiful and loveable girl!!! Kudos to you and Amy for all the love and care you give to all of the beautiful animal members of your family!

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

  3. I don’t know how I missed the original posting of this video 🙁 My 2 raggies sometimes have urinary issues and need antibiotics. I think it’s the same one as Addie’s. Anyway, after I pill them, I give them treats or even just their food to “wash” the pill down. I will now look into using a syringe to feed them a liquid. Never thought of that before, but I can see the benefit of really “washing” it down. Thank you for the video and idea!

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