The Peach, the pill and the cream cheese

@mcat19 (1358)
United States
July 29, 2009 11:27am CST
My cat Peaches is a dairy queen. She loves ice cream, sour cream, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, swiss cheese. She will run across the house to get these dairy items. So when she was put on antibiotics, a friend suggested that I put the pill into a small blob of cream cheese which she would gobble up with the pill since the cream cheese would stick to the pill. Well, the pills were huge, so I broke them in half and hid each half in a small blob of cream cheese which I carefully placed on top of her food. She ate all the food and left the 2 blobs. Next, I gave just the blobs without any food. She carefully ate off the cream cheese and daintily spit out the pills next to her dish. So we have given up. I smash her pills into teeny bits and mix them with her regular canned food. She eats this up with no trouble at all. As was said to me, it was worth a try.
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8 responses
• United States
1 Aug 09
LOL add butter to that,and you have my black cat. he loves sour cream in particular. i've found crushed pills in tuna fish works for all but the most determined cat. my blue used to spit his pills back at me.according to the vet,cats can't spit. nobody told this cat appearently.
@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
1 Aug 09
Peaches steals cheese from my plate.
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• United States
1 Aug 09
LOL!that must be cute:)
30 Jul 09
you have my sympathy, cats (and dogs) are the worst to give any type of medication to. I have tried everything you did. cats are so crafty , they know all the tricks you get up to in an attempt to get them to take their medicine. my neighbour gave me a plastic syringe that you put in the corner of your pets mouth to "inject" any liquid into the side of their mouth. With the hope they will swallow it. Ha !! some hope. it is a plastic syringe, no needles and no pain involved and its supposed to be easy , but NO... I dont think so. So its always mixed up in their canned food. i always crush any pills inbetween 2 spoons . that works quite well and you dont get bits of pill all over the place !
@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I bought a pill crusher for Peaches. It does a really good job. One day it will get Josie's nose; she really likes to inspect everything and help me because she truly believes I am totally incompetent.
@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
1 Aug 09
I can't give anyone liquids. It gets all over the kitchen and me.
@ElicBxn (60073)
• United States
29 Jul 09
it works with dogs, most of the time, but cats won't take pills unless you cram them down their throats - or do as you did and smash them up and put them in food... I'm more of a "crammer" than a "smasher"....
@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
29 Jul 09
We do that with the others; it is dangerous to manhandle the Peach.
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@ElicBxn (60073)
• United States
29 Jul 09
Yeah, I have a few of those - in fact, we needed to worm the feral kittens, managed to trap them in my bedroom, split a can of food between them with the worm meds in it - and FINALLY got the darlings wormed!
@blackbriar (9126)
• United States
30 Jul 09
LOL Cats and dogs are so much smarter than we give them credit for. Those pill pocket treats they came out with...Domino eats the pocket and leaves the pills on my pillow, after he gets them all slimey. I much prefer to just pop the pills into the animal's mouth and gently hold it shut till they swallow it.
@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
30 Jul 09
I use Pill Pockets for some of mine. Others do what yours did.
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
30 Jul 09
I smiled when I read your discussion because I’ve had a huge fight with my cat a couple of weeks ago trying to get him to take antibiotic tablets. My boy loves his food but if I disguise a pill he will do the same thing as Peaches and eat everything but the tablets which will be the only things left in his bowl! We had to give him one and half tablets a day for a week and the only way I managed, after endless bites and scratches, was to use a pill popper and gardening gloves; got a handle on it now and we have no more injuries trying to get medicate him. These felines are smart little critters!
@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
30 Jul 09
They sure are smart. I only have 5 pills left. The smashing in the food method is working fairly well. It takes a while, but she gets her pill and I am not wounded.
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29 Jul 09
Hi mcats19, Well it seems that cats are far more cleaverer than we think, sometimes if my cat won't take the pill I had to put itin his mouth and just stroke under his chin. Tamara
@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
29 Jul 09
That would probably cause the loss of a hand. Peaches doesn't like to be handled and will bite and scratch.
@nanajanet (4437)
• United States
29 Jul 09
Animals are smart!! I had a boyfriend, many years ago, who worked for a veterinarian and he taught me how to give pills to my cats and dogs. One person opens their mouth, the other shoves it to the very back of their tongue and then we hold the mouth shut. The automatically swallow it as they have no choice. Sounds mean, but it was very effective.
@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
29 Jul 09
We do that with our other cats. Peaches is not good with being handled. And we don't want to be shredded.
@snowy22315 (34181)
• United States
29 Jul 09
Cats are funny like that. I think they notice anything alittle bit different. Dogs are more likely to gobble up pills like that, but they are somewhat discerning as well when something differnt is involved. I like to give my dogs pills by smashing them up as well because you never know how they are going to react to them.
@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
29 Jul 09
Cats do keep you guessing. My friend wraps her dog's pill in American cheese and it is all gone in a split second.