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Pilling a Cat

  

Pilling a cat can be a "nightmarish" experience. Cats don't want something pushed down their throats, and they'll fight with all their might to prevent it. In fact, it's amazing how powerful their small bodies can be. Here are some ways to make the pilling process easier and less stressful - for both you and your cat.

The easiest way of pilling a cat is to crush the pill into a powder by using mortar & pestle or by putting the pill between two spoons. Then mix the powder with a small amount of wet food (preferably a preservative free, healthy wet food). If your cat usually eats dry food, she will probably view the wet food as a treat and eat it up.

If the medication is a capsule, just pull the capsule apart, sprinkle the contents on the wet food, & mix, & serve.

If your cat won't eat the wet food that contains the pill or if she is too ill to eat, you can get a "pill gun", also called a "pet piller", from your veterinarian. This is a plastic rod with little rubber cups on the end that hold the pill until a plunger is pressed. It's best to get a long gun with a soft tip.

Your vet can show you how to use the pill gun, but here are some basic instructions. Getting your cat's mouth open is going to be the most difficult part. First, be sure the pill is in a handy place. You can put your cat on a bookshelf with her bottom in a corner or you can put her on your lap firmly braced. Have your cat facing to the right if you're right handed, & vice versa. With your left hand, grip your cat at the cheekbones, putting your palm at the top of her head. Keeping your finger off the trigger, with your right hand, insert the pill gun until the pill is positioned over the tongue & open throat. Then pull the trigger & withdraw the gun quickly. Be sure to give your cat a treat directly after giving the pill.

If you don't feel comfortable using a pill gun, you can try giving the pill by hand. Extend your cat's head backwards just far enough so that her nose is pointing towards the ceiling. At this point, most cats will slightly open their mouths. With the little finger or ring finger of the hand holding the pill, open the bottom jaw a little more. You may need to hold her top jaw with your other hand while doing this. Aim straight and lightly throw the pill or drop it so that it hits beyond the hump in her tongue. (Be sure to drop or lightly throw the pill rather than shoving it down so that your cat is not as likely to gag and so that you lessen your chance of getting bitten.) Most cats will then instinctively swallow the pill.

In case none of these "pilling" strategies work, as a last resort try to find a compounding pharmacy, and have them make flavored liquid or gel out of the medication.

Deena Caruso, author, teacher, & distributor of natural pet products Helps pet owners create healthy, happy pets. To receive FREE "Pet Pointers" Newsletter, go to: http://www.healthyfoodforpets.com [email protected] Ph: 760/758-7963, 877/877-0665


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Pets of the Week: May 6, 2021 - WSIL TV
Pets of the Week: May 6, 2021  WSIL TV

‘Pet anxiety is real’: More employers willing to allow pandemic-pets when staff return to the office - Digiday
‘Pet anxiety is real’: More employers willing to allow pandemic-pets when staff return to the office  Digiday

In Seattle, the pandemic separates pets from owners — but there's help - Crosscut
In Seattle, the pandemic separates pets from owners — but there's help  Crosscut

Pets in brief, May 6, 2021 | Paws | santafenewmexican.com - Santa Fe New Mexican
Pets in brief, May 6, 2021 | Paws | santafenewmexican.com  Santa Fe New Mexican

Pets of the Week - Chico Enterprise-Record
Pets of the Week  Chico Enterprise-Record

IndyHumane takes part in worldwide push to find pets forever homes - WISHTV.com
IndyHumane takes part in worldwide push to find pets forever homes  WISHTV.com

‘Urgent need’: Orange County Animal Services caring for nearly 300 pets, seeking adopters - WFTV Orlando
‘Urgent need’: Orange County Animal Services caring for nearly 300 pets, seeking adopters  WFTV Orlando

Central Georgia Pet Talent Show: Your videos - 13WMAZ.com
Central Georgia Pet Talent Show: Your videos  13WMAZ.com

Abington Adoptable Pets: Meet Gianna, Lucky, Carol & More - Abington, PA Patch
Abington Adoptable Pets: Meet Gianna, Lucky, Carol & More  Abington, PA Patch

Tampa Bay area pets hoping to be adopted - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets hoping to be adopted  Tampa Bay Times

New Missouri bill will protect pets and their owners - khqa.com
New Missouri bill will protect pets and their owners  khqa.com

With more pandemic pets, officials want you to leash up - WCAX
With more pandemic pets, officials want you to leash up  WCAX

Great River Rescue to host pet wellness clinic - Bemidji Pioneer
Great River Rescue to host pet wellness clinic  Bemidji Pioneer

Empty the Shelters: Help pets find forever homes this week - WOODTV.com
Empty the Shelters: Help pets find forever homes this week  WOODTV.com

Teachers struggle to care for turtles, tortoises and other class pets during pandemic - Union Democrat
Teachers struggle to care for turtles, tortoises and other class pets during pandemic  Union Democrat

Pets may need help adjusting to changing times - FOX10 News
Pets may need help adjusting to changing times  FOX10 News

The Unshakeable Interspecies Bond of Pet Moms - Vogue
The Unshakeable Interspecies Bond of Pet Moms  Vogue

Meet our pets of the week: A bonded pair of dogs, a duck and a bunny - STLtoday.com
Meet our pets of the week: A bonded pair of dogs, a duck and a bunny  STLtoday.com

Helping pets with separation anxiety as you start to head back to work - WAFB
Helping pets with separation anxiety as you start to head back to work  WAFB

Megan Thee Stallion launching Snapchat show all about pets - Music News
Megan Thee Stallion launching Snapchat show all about pets  Music News

A special breed: Fostering pets 'not just about saving the life of the animal, but also helps the people involved' - Chicago Tribune
A special breed: Fostering pets 'not just about saving the life of the animal, but also helps the people involved'  Chicago Tribune

Fire Chief: Wise County home destroyed, pets killed in fire - WYMT News
Fire Chief: Wise County home destroyed, pets killed in fire  WYMT News

China's netizens call for crackdown after "blind box" pet rescue - Reuters
China's netizens call for crackdown after "blind box" pet rescue  Reuters

Adoptable Pets of the Week: Dana - San Clemente Times
Adoptable Pets of the Week: Dana  San Clemente Times

Adoptable Pets of the week | Featured Content | suncoastnews.com - Suncoast News
Adoptable Pets of the week | Featured Content | suncoastnews.com  Suncoast News

Sunshine, Fresh Air, Painted Stones & Pet Memories - Greeneville Sun
Sunshine, Fresh Air, Painted Stones & Pet Memories  Greeneville Sun

Alachua County Pets: Jello, Henny, and Dino - WCJB
Alachua County Pets: Jello, Henny, and Dino  WCJB

The best hip and joint supplement for pets - WKRN News 2
The best hip and joint supplement for pets  WKRN News 2

How Losing a Pet Can Make You Stronger - The New York Times
How Losing a Pet Can Make You Stronger  The New York Times

City offering temporary pet boarding for residents in need - 13WHAM-TV
City offering temporary pet boarding for residents in need  13WHAM-TV

Global Pet Care E-commerce Market Report 2021 Featuring Amazon, Chewy, PETstock. BarkBox, PetSmart, Walmart, PetMed Express, Petco Animal Supplies, TABcom, Nestle, & PetFlow - ResearchAndMarkets.com - Yahoo Finance
Global Pet Care E-commerce Market Report 2021 Featuring Amazon, Chewy, PETstock. BarkBox, PetSmart, Walmart, PetMed Express, Petco Animal Supplies, TABcom, Nestle, & PetFlow - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Yahoo Finance

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Brother - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Brother  KCBD

Pet Wearable Market Size & Share | North America, Europe, & APAC Industry Forecasts 2026 - GlobeNewswire
Pet Wearable Market Size & Share | North America, Europe, & APAC Industry Forecasts 2026  GlobeNewswire

NYS Senate passes bill banning pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits - RochesterFirst
NYS Senate passes bill banning pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits  RochesterFirst

Man allegedly killing pets has St. Louis neighborhood up in arms - CBS News
Man allegedly killing pets has St. Louis neighborhood up in arms  CBS News

Barking news: Political pets are relevant again - uscannenbergmedia.com
Barking news: Political pets are relevant again  uscannenbergmedia.com

10 Cute Mother's Day Gifts for Devoted Pet Parents - PEOPLE
10 Cute Mother's Day Gifts for Devoted Pet Parents  PEOPLE

Kankakee man saves his family, pets from house fire - Kankakee Daily Journal
Kankakee man saves his family, pets from house fire  Kankakee Daily Journal

Global Pet Market – Analysis By Type, Pet Type, By Distribution Channel, By Region, : Market Insights, Covid - GlobeNewswire
Global Pet Market – Analysis By Type, Pet Type, By Distribution Channel, By Region, : Market Insights, Covid  GlobeNewswire

German 'dead fraudster' exposed by pet poodle in Majorca - BBC News
German 'dead fraudster' exposed by pet poodle in Majorca  BBC News

Norton Fire Chief: Wise Co. home destroyed, pets killed in Tuesday night fire - WJHL-TV News Channel 11
Norton Fire Chief: Wise Co. home destroyed, pets killed in Tuesday night fire  WJHL-TV News Channel 11

Some pet-safe plants repel mosquitoes | Community - The Leader
Some pet-safe plants repel mosquitoes | Community  The Leader

Animals stolen from Preuss Pets in Lansing - WLNS
Animals stolen from Preuss Pets in Lansing  WLNS

Mr. Handyman presents fifth annual "My 'Pet' Peeves" photo contest for National Pet Month - Franchising.com
Mr. Handyman presents fifth annual "My 'Pet' Peeves" photo contest for National Pet Month  Franchising.com

Hilton launches a dog menu for pets who helped their owners through the pandemic - CNN
Hilton launches a dog menu for pets who helped their owners through the pandemic  CNN

Dr. Bill Lewis on how to protect your pets from fleas and ticks - FOX43.com
Dr. Bill Lewis on how to protect your pets from fleas and ticks  FOX43.com

Lawmakers want billions in government spending on unusual pet projects, Fox News investigation finds - Fox News
Lawmakers want billions in government spending on unusual pet projects, Fox News investigation finds  Fox News

Fendi Releases Pet Travel Line – WWD - WWD
Fendi Releases Pet Travel Line – WWD  WWD

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of May 2 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of May 2  Summit Daily News

The time has come to start training the pets for your return to work - CNN
The time has come to start training the pets for your return to work  CNN

Dakin Humane Society announces new online store for pets - WWLP.com
Dakin Humane Society announces new online store for pets  WWLP.com

The best air purifier for pet dander - WIVB.com - News 4
The best air purifier for pet dander  WIVB.com - News 4

The global pet oral care products market was valued at USD 1,564.1 million in 2020 and is projected to register a CAGR of 6.6 % during the forecast period (2021-2026 - Yahoo Finance
The global pet oral care products market was valued at USD 1,564.1 million in 2020 and is projected to register a CAGR of 6.6 % during the forecast period (2021-2026  Yahoo Finance

‘The Traveling Zoo’: Life on the Road, With Pets at Their Side - The New York Times
‘The Traveling Zoo’: Life on the Road, With Pets at Their Side  The New York Times

Federal Grant Applications Now Open: Funding to Support Pet-Friendly Domestic Violence Shelters - Yahoo Finance
Federal Grant Applications Now Open: Funding to Support Pet-Friendly Domestic Violence Shelters  Yahoo Finance

Pet ownership among higher-income households driving unprecedented pet spending - Pet Food Processing
Pet ownership among higher-income households driving unprecedented pet spending  Pet Food Processing

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (5/5/21) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (5/5/21)  ABC15 Arizona

East Bay pets of the week for May 7 - East Bay Times
East Bay pets of the week for May 7  East Bay Times

U.S. pet adoptions still strong as cats, dogs melt stress - Reuters
U.S. pet adoptions still strong as cats, dogs melt stress  Reuters

Donate To Help Pet Food Pantry & Get Beer - LevittownNow.com
Donate To Help Pet Food Pantry & Get Beer  LevittownNow.com

Top Three Distributors in Independent Pet Collaborate to Accelerate Sustainability - Pet Business Magazine
Top Three Distributors in Independent Pet Collaborate to Accelerate Sustainability  Pet Business Magazine

Pet of the Week for May 6, 2021 - Bakersfield Now
Pet of the Week for May 6, 2021  Bakersfield Now

Woman, pet safe after overnight fire in Granite City - KMOV.com
Woman, pet safe after overnight fire in Granite City  KMOV.com

5 arrested after Lady Gaga's dog walker shot, pets kidnapped: Police - ABC News
5 arrested after Lady Gaga's dog walker shot, pets kidnapped: Police  ABC News

Fire destroys mobile home in Winchester area of Roseburg, displaces adult and several pets - KPIC News
Fire destroys mobile home in Winchester area of Roseburg, displaces adult and several pets  KPIC News

Adoptable Pet of the Week: Yoda - All On Georgia
Adoptable Pet of the Week: Yoda  All On Georgia

Tampa Bay area pets looking for loving homes - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets looking for loving homes  Tampa Bay Times

Pets of the Week: April 29, 2021 - WSIL TV
Pets of the Week: April 29, 2021  WSIL TV

Central Garden & Pet Co (CENTA) Q2 2021 Earnings Call Transcript - Motley Fool
Central Garden & Pet Co (CENTA) Q2 2021 Earnings Call Transcript  Motley Fool

Family Pet Triggers Fiery Concord Gas Station Crash - CBS San Francisco
Family Pet Triggers Fiery Concord Gas Station Crash  CBS San Francisco

Are our pets fueling climate change and environmental hazards? - Vox
Are our pets fueling climate change and environmental hazards?  Vox

Arlington Pet of the Week: Rally - ARLnow
Arlington Pet of the Week: Rally  ARLnow

Facial recognition technology is helping reunite lost pets with their families - Security Magazine
Facial recognition technology is helping reunite lost pets with their families  Security Magazine

Ask 2: Can you drive with your pet on your lap? - KPRC Click2Houston
Ask 2: Can you drive with your pet on your lap?  KPRC Click2Houston

Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you  Tampa Bay Times

Meet the Plus-Size Orphan Pets That Are Seeking New Homes and Healthier Routines in California - PEOPLE
Meet the Plus-Size Orphan Pets That Are Seeking New Homes and Healthier Routines in California  PEOPLE

SARS-CoV-2 variant found in pets - American Veterinary Medical Association
SARS-CoV-2 variant found in pets  American Veterinary Medical Association

Humane Society president discusses the surge of pet ownership during the pandemic — and what animals can teach us - The Washington Post
Humane Society president discusses the surge of pet ownership during the pandemic — and what animals can teach us  The Washington Post

You can get a sneak peek at all the adorable pets before you adopt - KPRC Click2Houston
You can get a sneak peek at all the adorable pets before you adopt  KPRC Click2Houston

Over 40 Percent of Pet Parents Look at Their Cat or Dog as a 'Starter Child,' Survey Finds - PEOPLE
Over 40 Percent of Pet Parents Look at Their Cat or Dog as a 'Starter Child,' Survey Finds  PEOPLE

Why are pets so good for mental health? Science explains - Inverse
Why are pets so good for mental health? Science explains  Inverse

NAMI in Collier County introduces pet therapy for those in need of a furry hug - Wink News
NAMI in Collier County introduces pet therapy for those in need of a furry hug  Wink News

Sen. Blumenthal calls for 'crackdown' on pet scams following Hearst CT investigation - Thehour.com
Sen. Blumenthal calls for 'crackdown' on pet scams following Hearst CT investigation  Thehour.com

Vegas Council OK's 5-Year Ban on Pet Abusers Owning Animals - U.S. News & World Report
Vegas Council OK's 5-Year Ban on Pet Abusers Owning Animals  U.S. News & World Report

Pet Supplies Plus Supports National Pet ID Week Through Discounted Microchipping - PRNewswire
Pet Supplies Plus Supports National Pet ID Week Through Discounted Microchipping  PRNewswire

Brookhaven Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Diamond - Patch.com
Brookhaven Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Diamond  Patch.com

Austin Pets Alive! shines spotlight on ‘differently abled’ pups with mobility problems - KXAN.com
Austin Pets Alive! shines spotlight on ‘differently abled’ pups with mobility problems  KXAN.com

Certain pet food brands become hard to find amid COVID-19 pandemic - WMTV - NBC15
Certain pet food brands become hard to find amid COVID-19 pandemic  WMTV - NBC15

Pet Wise: Grooming pets provides health and safety benefits - Baltimore Sun
Pet Wise: Grooming pets provides health and safety benefits  Baltimore Sun

Petco Love Launches Game-Changing Centralized Solution To Help Reunite Lost Pets With Their Families - PRNewswire
Petco Love Launches Game-Changing Centralized Solution To Help Reunite Lost Pets With Their Families  PRNewswire

Drive up pet vaccine clinic - Odessa American
Drive up pet vaccine clinic  Odessa American

U.K. police hunt rabbit thief after giant celebrity pet Darius goes missing - NBC News
U.K. police hunt rabbit thief after giant celebrity pet Darius goes missing  NBC News

Photos: A look at presidential pets through the years - Journal Times
Photos: A look at presidential pets through the years  Journal Times

Pet Food Companies Look to the Future With Cell-Cultured Meat - Modern Farmer
Pet Food Companies Look to the Future With Cell-Cultured Meat  Modern Farmer

Small pets killed, three people displaced after house fire in Roanoke - WDBJ7
Small pets killed, three people displaced after house fire in Roanoke  WDBJ7

How to buy a pet without getting scammed - MarketWatch
How to buy a pet without getting scammed  MarketWatch

Barron’s Stock Pick: Pet Care Is Booming. Here’s a Stock to Play It. - Barron's
Barron’s Stock Pick: Pet Care Is Booming. Here’s a Stock to Play It.  Barron's

'Heartbroken': Owners say animals died in Fayetteville pet store fire - WRAL.com
'Heartbroken': Owners say animals died in Fayetteville pet store fire  WRAL.com

Pandemic surge, CBD growth help boost pet supplement category - Supermarket News
Pandemic surge, CBD growth help boost pet supplement category  Supermarket News

Local Facebook Pet Rescue Group Garners ‘Likes’ and Licks - Noozhawk
Local Facebook Pet Rescue Group Garners ‘Likes’ and Licks  Noozhawk

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