Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Pilling A Cat And Other Perils

After more than a week on drugs (one night of which we skipped and regretted it), we had a method down. Until last night.

Toby is onto us. He knows what certain movements mean and even about what time to expect them. This is in spite of our efforts to change things up so this wouldn’t happen.

Last night, he was horrible and vicious. I even have the bite marks to prove it. He got no pill as a result. It was a long night.

Tomorrow, he is getting more pills (we’ve wasted two of the original 10 so far) and a “piller.” Someone suggested this to me the other day and I went, “A what?”

Someone had also suggested pill pockets but Toby with the extra discriminating taste was having none of it. Apparently, the piller is like a syringe but with a specially designed tip to accommodate pills and tablets. It works in much the same way otherwise. Sounds like a winner to me!

The other peril of the past 24 hours has been bitter cold. It got down in the teens last night with windchills below zero. (Someone opened a door earlier and something akin to a gale-force wind blew through, knocked down signs in the lobby and very nearly toppled a huge, potted ficus!

I get to go out into that scenario now. Hopefully, it's only a temporary phase.

C'mon spring! We're all rootin' for ya!


Vicki said...

I've used a piller and it worked with our cat. I was able to hold onto him. That's a prerequisite. Have fun with that!

Ty'sMommy said...

OMG pilling a cat is one of the most traumatic things a person can experience in their lives. A piller does help, but if your cat is stubborn (and flexible) enough, nothing helps. My sympathies.

Karen Anne said...

A piller is invaluable. Let me see if I can find a photo of the ones I used on the web, if not I'll find one of mine (no cats now, alas, so it's not readily at hand) and take a pic.

If memory serves, I would tuck a cat under my left arm while I was sitting in a squishy chair like a recliner, so the cat is gently trapped by the chair and you.

Then use my left hand over his head from behind, so my thumb would be on one jaw hinge and another finger on the jaw hinge on the other side. Gentle inward pressure on the jaw hinges will open his mouth,and you use the piller, which is in your right hand, to pop the pill way back, hopefully over the hill in his tongue.

Karen Anne said...

Here it is:


Karen Anne said...

p.s. If you're going to the vet's for more pills, they may have a piller they can sell you.

NV said...

That piller has been a godsend. But whatever mechanism that everyone seems to have to grab a cat's jaw and make them instantly open ... Toby does not appear to be equipped with! :-)