URGENT: Ideas for pilling a cat with a missing lower jaw & no appetite?
March 15, 2014 7:15 PM Subscribe
I can't figure out how to get my cat to swallow his pills and normal cat-pilling methods are failing me.
posted by Jacqueline to Pets & Animals (29 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
My cat is missing most of his lower jaw from being shot in the face as a kitten ~17 years ago. Requisite pictures here
He's been prescribed some antibiotics -- which he already started taking yesterday and today at the vet's, so skipping/delaying doses until they reopen Monday isn't an option -- and I didn't think to ask how to get the pills into him when I picked him up earlier today.
I've tried putting the pills in some cooked ground beef, but his appetite is poor and he's not interested in the food. I tried the usual cat-pilling method of putting the pill in his mouth and holding his jaw shut, but he's missing so much of his lower jaw that he just needs to move his tongue and the pill falls out into my hand. And based on what just happened when I tried to give him his liquid iron supplement, I now know that squirting liquid into his mouth with an eyedropper just results in most of it being immediately drooled back out.
I now have a squishy, mutilated antibiotic pill and a very pissed-off cat. I'd rather not drive an hour round-trip to the expensive 24/7 emergency vet in the city just to get them to make my cat take his pills, especially given that I need to dose him 3 times before his regular vet opens on Monday morning. Hope me, please!