“First you take a towel, set the cat down on the towel and then wrap him up like a little cat burrito so only his face is sticking out. You don’t want him clawing you up. Then you pry his mouth open and quickly throw the pill into the back of his throat.”
Alright, thank you, Vet Assistant Lady. I’m sure this will go fine.
We ended up trying several times before this worked at all. It’s really a two person job. Marissa holds the cat and I throw the pill down his freaking throat. First you have to find the cat. He’ll look something like this:
Then we tossed a blanket over him and wrapped him up tight. I should note at this point that this is a dangerous proposition. Tobias scratches, nips, and mews loudly when threatened. Fortunately for us Tobias was starting to view this whole thing where we chase him around the house with a blanket as a great deal of fun. Right up until we caught him. At which point he started to look like this:
Once you’ve made your little cat burrito — a purrito — if you will. You have to carefully pry his mouth open. A little bit of pressure at the corners of his mouth on both sides should do just fine. Once his mouth is open, you take the pill and throw it in there as far as you can. The cat will gag and swallow.
Then you let the cat out and he’ll pretend to hate you for the next 6 hours or so. Once he begins to trust you, repeat the process with the next dose.
It’s worth mentioning that Marissa seems to really enjoy pilling the cat.