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YvonneD
March 13th 10, 01:42 PM
I need to give my cat Pepcid twice a day. I've been fairly successful
but I wondered if there was an easier way. Right now I hold him in my
arms, face up and put it on the back of his tongue. Sometimes he
spits it out but usually he swallows it. the problem is, he is pretty
big and picking him up isn't easy for me. I'd like to do it while
he's standing if at all possible. If not, then I'll keep doing what
I'm doing.

I don't want to mix it with food or a treat since it's supposed to be
given before food.

He is very gentle and will let me do whatever so there's no concern
about him hurting me. I'd just like to make it as easy on him as
possible but do it so he doesn't spit it out.

thanks

Gandalf
March 13th 10, 11:41 PM
On Sat, 13 Mar 2010 04:42:08 -0800 (PST), YvonneD
> wrote:

>I need to give my cat Pepcid twice a day. I've been fairly successful
>but I wondered if there was an easier way. Right now I hold him in my
>arms, face up and put it on the back of his tongue. Sometimes he
>spits it out but usually he swallows it. the problem is, he is pretty
>big and picking him up isn't easy for me. I'd like to do it while
>he's standing if at all possible. If not, then I'll keep doing what
>I'm doing.
>
>I don't want to mix it with food or a treat since it's supposed to be
>given before food.
>
>He is very gentle and will let me do whatever so there's no concern
>about him hurting me. I'd just like to make it as easy on him as
>possible but do it so he doesn't spit it out.
>
>thanks

I have to give my cat Tapezole 2x day.

Here's what I do:

I use a small wooden (or plastic) coffee stir stick. I drag the tip
through some refrigerated soft margarine, until there is a good sized
ball of it on the end.

I press the Tapezole (tiny 1/2 pill) into the margarine. Then I turn the
stick so the margarine is facing down.

I open my cat's mouth, and 'wipe' the margarine as far back on her
tongue as I can. I hold her mouth shut, just in case.

About 98% of the time, she swallows the margarine/pill, and never tastes
the Tapezole, which is very, very bitter tasting.

I often, but not always, give her a treat. (She won't eat 'regular' cat
treats, long story...) If I see her working her mouth, then I'm sure
she's got Tapezole on her tongue, and I give her a treat, to help with
the bitter taste.

My cat is VERY good about letting me do this 2x a day; I VERY grateful
for that fact!

I had heard that cats can be given Pepcid; what dosage to you give, and
how much does your cat weigh?

Good luck!


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starcat
March 14th 10, 03:22 AM
"YvonneD" > wrote in message
...
>I need to give my cat Pepcid twice a day. I've been fairly successful
> but I wondered if there was an easier way. Right now I hold him in my
> arms, face up and put it on the back of his tongue. Sometimes he
> spits it out but usually he swallows it. the problem is, he is pretty
> big and picking him up isn't easy for me. I'd like to do it while
> he's standing if at all possible. If not, then I'll keep doing what
> I'm doing.
>
> I don't want to mix it with food or a treat since it's supposed to be
> given before food.
>
> He is very gentle and will let me do whatever so there's no concern
> about him hurting me. I'd just like to make it as easy on him as
> possible but do it so he doesn't spit it out.
>
> thanks

I'm a big fan of Greenies Pill Pockets. They're soft and squishy, and it's
easy to hide a nasty tasting pill inside. I often only use half of the
pocket and pill the cat - cats don't eat the pill pockets like the
manufacturers want you do believe - but it's easier for me to use these than
a pill popper or just pilling the cat with nothing to disguise it. I had a
cat with lymphoma who was on several pills daily, and I relied on those pill
pockets the two years he lived after diagnosis. Oh yeah - he was on Pepcid
too. Great little pill, that Pepcid - it helped him lots.

Nadia N.
March 15th 10, 05:51 PM
YvonneD wrote:
> I need to give my cat Pepcid twice a day. I've been fairly successful
> but I wondered if there was an easier way. Right now I hold him in my
> arms, face up and put it on the back of his tongue. Sometimes he
> spits it out but usually he swallows it. the problem is, he is pretty
> big and picking him up isn't easy for me. I'd like to do it while
> he's standing if at all possible. If not, then I'll keep doing what
> I'm doing.
>
> I don't want to mix it with food or a treat since it's supposed to be
> given before food.
>
> He is very gentle and will let me do whatever so there's no concern
> about him hurting me. I'd just like to make it as easy on him as
> possible but do it so he doesn't spit it out.
>
> thanks

I have been giving my Kotyo an antibiotic for the past 7 days. I am not
sure how much my experience will help you, because I do mix a little bit
of a treat with his pill - but only a very little.

Here is what works for me: I take some very soft fresh bread, squish it
with my fingers and wrap it around the pill to disguise the nasty taste.
Then I smear a bit of pate or something else tasty that he likes to eat
on the outside of the bread-encased pill. I pick him up and put him on
the dishwasher in the kitchen, so that when I'm standing he's just at
the right height for me to wrap my left arm around him, so that he 's
pressed to my left side and with his back under my arm/armpit. This way
he can't wriggle away while I use my left hand to open his mouth. Then I
quickly pop the pill as far down his throat as I can, close his mouth
and rub his throat until he swallows. Then I give him a tiny bit more of
the pate or some ham or some other treat, for being a good boy.

If I do the pill popping quickly enough, he doesn't seem to mind it at
all. He has even began to jump up onto the dishwasher on his own, as
soon as he smells the pate I am smearing on the pill, and he tries to
eat the bread-covered pill on his own. I don't let him do that, though,
because he'll chew open the bread covering and spit out the pill.

This is a huge improvement over the last time I had to give him pills,
which was very stressful for him. I kept chasing him all over the house
and trying to hold him down, and he kept fighting me. I think what is
doing the trick this time is first, that he can't taste the bitterness
of the pill because of the bread that's covering it, so he only expects
good things when I bring the pill near his mouth, and second, that I
pop the pill into his mouth very very quickly, usually on the first try.
It's similar to when I clip his claws - he doesn't like it, but he will
put up with me doing things to him for a short time. He's a pretty
patient little monster.

I hope this helps.

Nadia and Kotyo (and Sweety, who's lucky enough to have never needed
pilling so far)



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Rene S.
March 17th 10, 02:14 AM
On Mar 13, 7:42�am, YvonneD > wrote:
> I need to give my cat Pepcid twice a day. �I've been fairly successful
> but I wondered if there was an easier way. �Right now I hold him in my
> arms, face up and put it on the back of his tongue. �Sometimes he
> spits it out but usually he swallows it. �the problem is, he is pretty
> big and picking him up isn't easy for me. �I'd like to do it while
> he's standing if at all possible. �If not, then I'll keep doing what
> I'm doing.

Yvonne,

Can you pill him when he's on a counter or other raised area? I find
that pilling when the cat is a little higher up is a big help. Sit his
butt down, open his mouth, and stick the pill in with your finger as
far as you can, so he can't spit it out. (Gee, writing this down
sounds a bit stern, but it really isn't!)

I'd suggest following with a small sryinge of water, if possible, so
there isn't any chance of it eroding in his esophagus.