I cannot get the medication down her! I do not know how she knows, but no matter what methods of hiding it in food do not work. She will not eat the food. I have tried everything. I do not put it in the food when she is around I have tried the best of cat foods, her favorite meats, dissolving it in milk. Shoving it down her throat worked for a bit but then she decided she could be bulimic and just walks off and makes herself throw up!
How can I get her medicine in her and make it stay there!! Also, when we are trying to get medicine down her she then starts to become aggressive! Signed, Owner of a Very Stubborn Old Kitty
Dear Owner of a Very Stubborn Old Kitty,
How very frustrating this must be for you. Ask your vet if the medicine comes in anything other than pill form. I am a big fan of pastes, since these tend to be easier to give and much more difficult to regurgitate on the cat's part.
Assuming that there is no paste or topical form, I recommend that you break the little pill up into smaller pieces and give it to her in small doses as part of a strong smelling food (i.e., oily tuna). Your cat may be able to detect the whole application in one meal, but her success rate in detecting the medicine will be reduced if the food has a stronger smell to it. I like what you have done by dissolving it in milk. If you have not tried so already, try feeding her the dissolved milk solution in a beaker. Again, this will be easier to administer and more difficult to regurgitate. As for her aggression, I would consider giving her the medicine in a small room and doing so only if there are two people giving her the medicine. One to hold her, both hands on her upper torso, right below her front legs and the other opening her mouth and feeding her the medicine with a beaker. Here are some additional tips for giving medicine to your cat.
Step#2: How to Give Medicine To Your Cat
Pills Try a pill syringe. These are available at most pet-supply stores. Be sure to ask your vet to demonstrate them, so that you do not hurt kitty. If you are unable to find one, here it goes:
Step#3: Reward Your Cat