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Pill Pockets: Fantastic Feline Feature 
19th-Feb-2007 09:27 pm
smoochie sunset
I and two other people list low-tech solutions as an interest. I periodically try to think of a good example to explain this interest, but usually draw a blank. But late last week my cat developed a urinary tract infection. I took him to the vet, who prescribed antibiotics. The last time Smoochie took antibiotics, it took five minutes of struggle to get half a dropper of bubble-gum flavored liquid into his mouth and half all over his face. With that in mind, I requested pills to try something new. Saturday night, it took a struggle to force a gravy-coated pill into his mouth. After a few tries, he swallowed it.

Enter my new favorite low-tech solution: Pill Pockets. It's a cat (or dog) treat open on one side. It's easy to slip a pill in, and if it's small you can mould the treat over the pill. Then set the treat in front of the sick cat. He'll sniff it once and eat it without thought. Brilliant and well worth the $11 I spent.
Comments 
20th-Feb-2007 05:37 am (UTC)
Those look extremely handing for pilling our pups.
20th-Feb-2007 05:39 am (UTC)
Handy, even.
20th-Feb-2007 05:42 am (UTC)
I love your icon, and I love cats and miss the 5 we have back home in Alabama, and I remember seeing Pill Pockets and thinking they're a godsend. :)
20th-Feb-2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
The other cats are camera shy, but Smoochie's a diva. I've got at least two sets of him silhouetted in the sunset.
20th-Feb-2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
I'm a bit lower tech, even. I'd have gone with a pinch of liverwurst or Velveeta.
20th-Feb-2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
Having neither, I went with the treat.

Hiding it in his food isn't as good of an option as he's not got much appetite and the other cats would probably eat his medicine in the food. But he's yet to turn down a regular or trick treat.
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