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We've all been there: After a traumatic vet visit with your cat, with lots of howling, scratching and stiffed leg resistance, you get three different pills to make the little princess better, and then you just can't get her to eat the darn things.
You've tried placing it in her mouth and holding her little snout for a minute - after which you discover it is slowly descending down the side of her chin with copious amounts of spit; you've never quite managed the art of using a pill shooter; and hiding the pill in the food, if you're even allowed to do it, has resulted in the dreaded little white leftover token again. Then there are the pill pockets or little pieces of cheese, which work well for a while, maybe even a long while, but when your cat finally smartens up and you find her heart medication spit out along with some slimy leftovers, you know it's finally over and find yourself out of options.
We're all fighting these battles whenever the little ones get sick, and especially if they chronic diseases such as heart problems, thyroid issues, or gastrointestinal illnesses.
Well, don't despair. One of my clients recently introduced me to compound medications. Apparently they have been around for a while, but somehow I never found out about them until now. And most vets never mention them either. Compound medications are medications that taste like treats. They are prepared by pharmacies (mostly online). You have to fax them your prescription or have the vet call it in and they prepare little treats with flavors such as tuna, chicken, sardine or beef. Your kitty will never know she ate a pill because she didn't! There are also transdermal solutions, which are meds that can be rubbed into her ear, if your cat has intestinal problems.
I've worked with both now, and they work fabulously. So next time you encounter the little white "No Way Jose" pill in your carpet pile, try compound medications.
Here is one of them: Petscripts but you can also find others online. Just google Compound pet medications.