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Dear Christopher Cat

Twice daily, my cat Sylvester needs to take medicine for his overactive thyroid. I’m having trouble getting the pills into him. Do you have any suggestions?

Christopher Responds

Mary Poppins recommended a spoon full of sugar, but I can suggest several better options for Sylvester: Pill Pockets, a pet piller, a flavored tablet or oral liquid, or medication that is absorbed through the skin.

Start by offering Sylvester the pill in the hollow center of a tasty treat called Pill Pockets.

If he doesn’t like Pill Pockets, buy a pet piller, a handy device with a long, narrow plastic barrel and plunger.

Place the tablet into the piller and give him some food to lubricate his throat.

Use the pet piller to deposit the tablet on the back of his tongue – and then kiss his nose or stroke his throat.
Encourage him to eat a few more bites to wash down the pill.

If he won’t eat, use an oral dosing syringe to give him a few swallows of water so the pill doesn’t stick in his throat.

If neither of these methods works, talk with your veterinarian about a flavored tablet or liquid form of his thyroid medication.

If Sylvester is truly finicky, ask about transdermal medication, which is absorbed through the skin.

The key is to work with your veterinarian to find the method that works best for you and Sylvester.

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