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Q. My cat is 12 years, my vet gave me liver supplements to give him orally he bites and fights, is there anything I can give him in his food?

Answered By
DEBI MATLACK

A. I would ask your veterinarian about this. There are various devices that can help you get the medication into the cat, but if he's truly too much for you to deal with, your vet may have alternatives. There is a pill popper device that keeps your fingers out of harms way, and a product called Pill Pockets that are moldable treats designed to help sneak that pill into your cat, sometimes without them realizing it. The problem with mixing some medications with food, even a favorite food, is that cats are very attuned to changes in taste and texture. If a medication is very bad-tasting, you can ruin the chances of him ever eating a particular food again, even without medication in it. Ask your vet to show you how to pill him and if you need to wrap him in a towel or put him into a pillow case, that may be what you have to do.

In my case, I have a cat that gets an allergy pill daily. She hates it. I try to make the experience as pleasant as I can. I brush her and pet her, all while having the pill ready nearby. When she is happy and purring, I pop the pill down, continue brushing and give her a treat to help the pill go down. She has gotten easier to pill with this method. If the pill is extremely bitter, however, she's not having it and I have to fight her.

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