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#1 Post by manonthemoon2 »

I know many of you have enormous experience with cats, so I'm hoping someone can suggest a way.

Ossi has a flicking, jerking tail, it seems to drive him crazy. He is also licking and nibbling the back/base of the tail, fortunately he hasn't caused a wound yet.

The vet said it could be a neurological problem, so prescribed Gabapentine 100mg twice a day.

They are capsules so we have to break them to get the powder out.

We've so far tried to disguise the powder in wet cat food, cat milk, cheese, cat creamy snacks, ham and cream cheese.

Herein lies the problem: he was taking it at first and it did seem to help but now he refuses anyway we try to give it to him. Any tips?

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#3 Post by RobertArthur »

The mix trick, powder in wet food, worked last year for our cat. Perhaps too busy thinking about possible presents.... Sometimes a change in cat food does the trick.

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#4 Post by Blaze »

Oh dear, pills and cats, often not easy .... I was always hopeless at giving our cats pills. OH was well practised and would put his fingers and thumb in the corners of the cats' mouths where there are no teeth (!) and then just pop the pill in their mouths. It takes a bit of practice .... otherwise they spit it out when you're not looking !
Our late Sweep (Aussie shepherd dog) was also on Gabapentine because the vet suspected her back and back leg problems could have been neurological. Not sure whether it helped or not ...

Just one thing about capsules : I would check with your vet, but normally the idea of a capsule is that the contents are absorbed in the intestines rather than broken down by digestive juices in the stomach.
I'm sure your vet or one of the vet nurses would show you how to give a cat a pill ..... it is an art !
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#5 Post by exile »

"How to give a cat a pill"
1. Sit on sofa. Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your elbow as though you were going to give a bottle to a baby. Talk softly to it.


2. With right hand, position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. (be patient) As cat opens mouth pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow. Drop pill into mouth. Let go of cat, noticing the direction it runs.


3. Pick the pill up off the floor and go get the cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process. Sit on floor in kitchen, wrap arm around cat as before, drop pill in mouth. Let go of cat, noticing the direction it runs.


4. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away. Scoot across floor to pick up pill, and go find the cat. Bring it back into the kitchen. 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. Drop pill into mouth.


5. Pry claws from back legs out of your arm. Go get the cat, pick up half-dissolved pill from floor and drop it into garbage can.


6. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of closet. Call spouse from backyard. 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 rod, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered Doulton figures from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.


8. 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, 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.


10. Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed. Get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with rubber band.


11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put 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.


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


13. 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, force cat's mouth open with small spanner. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour one cup of water down throat to wash pill down.


14. 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 at furniture shop on way home to order new table.


15. Get last pill from bottle. Go into bathroom and get a fluffy towel. Stay in the bathroom with the cat, and close the door.

16. Sit on bathroom floor, wrap towel around kitty, leaving only his head exposed. Cradle kitty in the crook of your arm, and pick up pill off of counter.


17. Retrieve cat from top of shower door (you didn't know that cats can jump 5 feet straight up in the air, did you?), and wrap towel around it a little tighter, making sure its paws can't come out this time. With fingers at either side of its jaw, pry it open and pop pill into mouth. Quickly close mouth (his, not yours).


18. Sit on floor with cat in your lap, stroking it under the chin and talking gently to it for at least a half hour, while the pill dissolves.


19. Unwrap towel, open bathroom door. Wash off scratches in warm soapy water, comb your hair, and go find something to occupy your time for 7-1/2 hours.


20. Arrange for SPCA to get cat and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.


A joke of course but one of ours could well fit that bill. Getting a pill down Poppet goes a long way like that.

However MotM2, you could try the towel trick. Wrap the cat in a towel prise the mouth open by placing a finger between the canine teeth to open the mouth and then place the capsule right to the back of the mouth close the mouth and stroke the chin and throat until the cat swallows.

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#6 Post by manonthemoon2 »

Very funny Exile that's exactly what it's like.

I can cope with dropping a pill in, but a capsule is a bit large to throw to the back of the throat.

Aren't they loves 😁

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#7 Post by Blaze »

manonthemoon2 wrote: Tue Nov 15, 2022 10:39 pm but a capsule is a bit large to throw to the back of the throat
I agree, MOTM2, the size of the Gabapentine capsules are fine for a dog, but much more difficult to give a cat.
Have you tried mixing the powder with fish - sardines are nice and strong and may disguise the smell of the powder.

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#8 Post by MAD87 »

:lol: :lol:
Take cat to the vet and get him/her to show you how!
Actually, when I started to read your post, my first thought was 'worms' - tail-flicking is a first sign, so has the dear lamb been wormed?
I avoid worming our cat as I'm a coward.

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#9 Post by Polarengineer »

My first thought was fleas, but vets don't earn much from anti flea stuff.

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#10 Post by Mangetout »

The only advice I can give is what I used to do with difficult cats.

Mix the contents of the capsule with a smooth liquid, like kitten milk, put it in a plastic syringe with a wide opening.

Sit on the floor, hold the cat between your thighs facing away from you, and put your hand around their head placing your fingers around their mouth.

Open up a gap and with the other hand put the contents into their mouth, trying to keep their head tilted backwards.

Good luck! I had one cat, dear little Daisy May, that even the vet wouldn't/couldn't get a tablet down her. But this worked.

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