Until then, perhaps you can make things better on the medicating end by
being very consistant.
Pill at exactly the same time, to create a routine. Routine in itself is
comforting. Try to have a specific spot for pilling (again routine) that is
calm at the time of pilling. I don't know if you have other animals or
children, but there should be calm at this time, so tell the kids to go
elsewhere, and put the dog somewhere else (if you have any that is).
Now, there are two friends to you in pilling. Number one, have it all set up
ahead of time and ready at hand. I HIGHLY!!!!!! recommend getting a 5 dollar
pill gun from the vet. Makes a huge difference. Also, put a thin coat of
butter on the pill. It will slip down quickly and be less traumatic and keep
the cat from tasting it.
Pills should be put at the back of the tongue (pill popper will help
tremendously with that).
Be calm. Pysche yourself into the feeling this is no big deal. Animals are
VERY receptive to us and our emotions. If you are calm it will assist him.
The best means of restraing are towel wrapping. See the below link in the
method I use. I have gotten it down to a science when I've had to pill and
following the above, got the process down to about a 30 second ordeal,
Last follow it immediately with a treat (already prepared) that he can't
resist, like maybe some canned chicken in broth. This serves two purposes.
It helps him associate good things with the medications and also helps get
that medicine down his throat and into his stomach. Hope this helps and
please keep us posted. I *know* that this can work out for you.
Below is the link to wrapping the cat:
Karen has given you some valuable advice in her response. I have, in the past, been
through what you describe as well - nursing a rescued cat back to health - with the
ultimate reward of having a devoted friend for life. Please continue in this quest, I
guarantee you'll not regret it!
4. Cat abcesses