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Hi everyone well as you know from my previous discussion about our Claude's Skin condition called Urticaria Pigmentosa from time to time Claude has to have some medication to calm his skindown.  We have tried a few ways of getting him to take the meds all of which in the end have failed sooooo any ideas out there for us would be gratefully received and the more creative the better.  Here is an idea od what we have tried.

1.    Crushing up tablet and putting it in his lamb. (worked a dream for a while but eventually he cottoned on to what we were doing.

2.    Grind up the tablet and mix it with cat laxative which is then put on his paws.  He now flicks the stuff off and in any event if he sees you with the stuff he will run and hide.

3.     Holding him physically down does not work he is to strong and powerful and we are talking two people holdinghim here.

4.    Grinding medication up mixing with water and using a syringe to put in his mouth, again spectacularly a failure big time.

 

As you can see we have tried lots of ways of administering the meds but he is very very stubborn +++ even to give him some rescue remedy recently he was impossible.  Claude obviously thinks he calls the shots in our house and well it kind of seems like that when we cannot get some co-operation from him.

 

So all you thinkers out there let me have your ideas which as I said would be much appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Hi Jan,

    maybe the "James Herriot"-method could be helpful:
    wrap up your completely in a towel with only his head sticking out; Mummify him, so to speak.
    This may seem harsh, but he cannot get hurt (or you for that matter) and will probalby calm down after a while.
    Next you can also use a device to "shoot" the tablet in his throat. Don't use the possibility to shoot it in with water: it can drip down in his airpassage and cause phneumonia.
    Otherwise open his mouth so that you place the tablet in the back of his throat.
    To get the feel of it all, practice the wrap-up with him without the tablet-bit. Maybe reward him after unwrapping him. Practice makes perfect, so don't give up.
    Promise yourself to be strict!! this can help to convince him to "listen"to your will.
    Remember, we humans are smarter then cats in the end.

    Good luck!

    Best wishes,
    Marjan Boonen
    www.boonland.
  • salmon paste sandwich filler crush up put in with that! strong fishy smell not pick up the scent or taste of medication,
    or just use his favorite treat ham chicken what ever he likes good luck x
  • sneak up on him whilst hes still asleep in his basket silently as possible with the pill at the ready - then simply open his mouth by having hands and fingers about his head and pop the pill inside his mouth as fast as able then close his jaws and just stroke along his throat - this does mostly work with all mine in those few seconds before slumbers turns back into full awakeness - their first reaction is "hey someones holding my head" followed by " somethings inside my mouth, gotta go gulp asap !" - pps this works with our devs, also the siams and moggies , best wishes with claudes pills !
  • Hey Shelly I love it but you know what I thought I read first off not Salmon Paste but Salmon Pate hah. Unfortunately we have to be very careful with what we give Claude to eat because he has reactions to so much. He has minced lamb and thats it more or less at the moment. We are slowly introducing other foods but it is such a slow process and even rice which the Pet Dermatologist told us to cook and blend up with the lamb (so he could have fibre and blending to stop him picking the rice out) is ruled out he reacted to that. However I will try the salmon Paste even a tiny tiny bit might work. Have tried the ham by the way and initially he ate it but then wised up to what was going on (sigh). Thank you for your thoughts(-:

    shelly bramley said:
    salmon paste sandwich filler crush up put in with that! strong fishy smell not pick up the scent or taste of medication,
    or just use his favorite treat ham chicken what ever he likes good luck x
  • Emma it was you who said Pate I thought I was seeing things but you know what anything is worth a go and I will buy some and offer it first thing in the morning before his normal lamb. As I said to Shelly though we have to be so careful with what we can offer him to eat cause so many different foods make his skin flare up. However Pate and salmon paste are quite strong in terms of odors so maybe we will be lucky cross your fingers thanks so much for your input (-:

    Emma Warrener said:
    One of our Devons has to have a tablet every morning so we pop it into a small amount of Pate and roll it into a ball. If you offer this before he eats his breakfast he will think he is getting a treat first thing every morning and take the treat, if not just place it in his mouth just like you would any other pill and all he will taste is Pate.

    So far this has worked with our Leo most days and he is most put out if we do anything else in the morning before he has his Pate and Tablet, Cream Cheese also works too if he is getting a little bored with Pate.

    Good luck!
  • Thank you Babs because you have to get up early in the morning to fool a Devon don't you. They are so smart its frightening. I will sneak up on him when he is in a deep sleep and also try your method. I might also do a u tube search and see if there are any videos on giving cats medications by how you suggest because I am sure I am doing something wrong and of course cats and other animals must have to have medications from time to time if not all the time so there must be a knack in doing the head holding thing. By the way Babs I saw where you commented on Claude being in the washing and saying he was very clean this is true but you know what if say I wanted to get him out of the basket and he was not ready to get out or I wanted to get some of the washing folded up and put away and God forbid I attempted to do it he would hiss and growl at me. He really does think he rules the roost the more I think about his behaviour the more conclusive this becomes. He has got to learn his place.

    Babs Chiara Bailey said:
    sneak up on him whilst hes still asleep in his basket silently as possible with the pill at the ready - then simply open his mouth by having hands and fingers about his head and pop the pill inside his mouth as fast as able then close his jaws and just stroke along his throat - this does mostly work with all mine in those few seconds before slumbers turns back into full awakeness - their first reaction is "hey someones holding my head" followed by " somethings inside my mouth, gotta go gulp asap !" - pps this works with our devs, also the siams and moggies , best wishes with claudes pills !
  • think that you are correct and claude thinks he is the one in total charge of things ! if he was a puppy then theres ways to train dogs to take their subservient place in a household but of course cats know who is the superior - did a short course in feline behavoir at ag college but it didnt cover this, trying to think how to suggets to claude that he does what you wish, but having had devs for a few yrs they are sometimes stubborn and repeat what they wish t do despite us - my siamese are worse though believe me! just try every idea that you can and ps try the FAB website thats feline advisory bureau based in the uk - http://ww.fabcats.org/ - they have some pages about cat behavoir as I recall, best wishes for you and claude x
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