Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Make Your Own Cat Pills

Au went to the vet yesterday.  His liver is still acting up, but as he's eating we're not too worried.  However, the doc recommended a change of liver supplements.  The old stuff was a pill; this stuff is granules.

Au refuses to eat food that has been dosed, and there's no way I'm going to mix this stuff with water and syringe it into him as I don't want him stressed out.

Instead, I am making up my own capsules.  I bought jelly capsules from the pharmacy (regular places sell them as do Chinese medicine shops) and I fill them myself. 

1. Fold bit of newspaper.
2. Pour grains into paper.
3. Open capsule.
4. Tip meds into capsule.
5. Close

Au takes these capsules easily and Target is so convinced that the senior cat is getting treats, that I've had to hide the meds inside my glasses case. 

Apart from the liver thing, Au is in good form.  He sang all the way to the vet and all the way back so we were both exhausted by the whole experience but a few hours later he was eating, drinking, and his usual self. Still, purr for us, OK? 

48 comments:

Katnip Lounge said...

13 BIG purrs coming Au's way! We cats have decided that if we are ever ill, we're coming to your house where the oven roasted chikkun is plentiful. Heck, we're coming over even if we're well!

sully86 said...

purring all the way from melaka!!

Kwee Cats said...

You gots it! You gots all the Kwee Cat purrs, and we gonna put you on our special purr page too. We so proud of you, Au, taking your medicine like that. And ummm, dat chick-hen sounds really good.

You keep eating and being happy. Happy fixes a lot of things.

Mr Puddy said...
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Mr Puddy said...

Right Away, For Mr. Au !
I'm purrs hard and paws crossed for him. And thanks for The mom who always fighting with Au, side by side ! He is a luckiest cat. Making a cat pill one by one..I can see Your mommy fill her love in there , May be...that's why Mr. Target want one too : )
Hugs to the mom
xoxo

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Au,
You're an inspiration to us. That's so brave of you eating capsules with no hassle. You're a very strong man-cat indeed. har har har *happy laughs* Brad

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Paws crossed that Au continues to do well - I can't believe Target believes those are treats. That sounds like something Boodie would think!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

You are very patient and Au is lucky to have you. Our purrs!

Whisppy said...

Sending lots of love and healing purrs to Au. How long will he need to be on the pills?

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

I can imagine poor Au singing all the way there and back! We are all putting our paws together in prayer for Au over here and purring for him. Those are gelatine-free starch capsules, we get them from the Chinese drugstores so we can make our own herbal pills.

Cezar and Léia said...

I'm sending love and good energies to sweet Au!
Luna - WE LOVE LUNA

Old Kitty said...

Au!!! You adorable wonderful kitty!! Me and Charlie are purring and praying so hard for you!! Please please please get better!! Yay for mum's home made capsule meds! WOW!!

Take care
x

GRAÇA said...

What I have been saying is that Xixo has been ill with a pleumonia, but is improving, has had pratamento vip
The guess you can hit, what makes the cakes are sweet ... is ... a. you can try again as I let my friend full of sugar at all the comments makes me
Many of ronronzinhos friend
Kika
Kisses for your mami mami

Simba said...

Good for Au for being cooperative about the capsules, and for you for making them yourself. Funny Target: I suppose one could fill some with crumbled cat treats for him? Then next time he DOES need a capsule with medicine, he would be easy to give it to?

Fuzzy Tales said...

We're glad Au still is eating and hope the change in supplements helps. Of course we're still purring and sending Light to him, to you all!

Hannah and Lucy said...

We are doing big purrs for Au - what a good boy for taking his meds so well. Did we hear the mention of chickhen - nom nom.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

northernbird said...

Big purrs sent from North Wales! I have just spoken with my 4 fur babies about taking tablets and how wonderful Au is at taking them. Of course being cats they listen when they want to ;)

The Chair Speaks said...

Ah, yes, our human do this too when we have too many different pills to swallow. It is better to swallow 1 big pill and several half pills.
Our human sings with us when we go to the vet and back! :)

Kjelle Bus said...

That was smart !!!
That you can make your own medicincapsules :)
Glad to hear that Au is eating OK and is in good form apart from that stupid liver :(
Sending purrs all the way from Sweden :)

Brian said...

My sisters and I are sending Au lots of purrs too! That is so cool you made those pills like that!

Kay said...

Purrs x 10000s to Au! I wish I was as creative when I was feeding 'tut tut' for more than 3 years everyday

The Whiskeratti said...

It's hard to have a special needs kitteh, but we're glad he is doing very well, overall.

catsynth said...

Wow, that is very impressive, making your own capsules. We're continuing to send good healing thoughts for Au!

Gattina said...

That's an excellent idea ! and fortunately you need a glass case, what would you do without glasses ??

Photo Cache said...

purrs for you au. we hope you feel better and get rid of all this liver woes.

emma and buster

Dianne said...

the never ending quest for the best way to give meds to a cat
I have some challenges with my sweeties

I'm glad Au is doing well
hugs to him and Target

Mary said...

This really is a good idea. Thank you for sharing it with us. I hope you had a great day. Blessings...Mary

Sharon Wagner said...

The ants tried to carry my cats food away over the weekend. They definitely didn't appreciate the extra protein. Glad Au's form is good.

Admiral Hestorb said...

i think mommy needs to email me over to your house for meds!!!

Life Ramblings said...

glad to hear that Au likes the new capsules. Lots of purrs to Au and Target.

meowmeowmans said...

Wow, we are very impressed that you made your own cat pills!

We are purring and praying for you guys.

Lorenza said...

Glad Au is taking those capsules!
I hope everything is ok!
Take care
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Carol said...

That was a smart thing to do! Glad he's doing well! Sending hugs and good thoughts for continued healing for Au.

Angie's Recipes said...

Big purrs sent from Germany! My cats wouldn't touch the food that has been dosed either, thanks for this neat idea.

Barbara said...

What a great idea those capsules are, I had no idea you could buy them. Purrs of course for Au and his continued good health.

Më| §zë said...

au willingly takes capsues.. lol.. that's so obedient of him... haha... get well soon...

Huffle Mawson said...

LOL at Target! I'm glad Au takes his pills well.

The Island Cats said...

Our mom used these gelcaps and filled them with medicines for a cat that came before us. You can get the gelcaps on line too...all different sizes...and fairly inexpensive.

We hope Au is doing better on his new meds!!

Indrani said...

Hope you recover fast!

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

Yes, that is a good way to get meds down! There is even a company in the USA that makes chicken flavored capsules,but the bacon flavor only comes in a dog size--no fair!!
http://www.capsuline.com/index.php?app=ecom&ns=catshow&ref=dogcaps_catcaps

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

We are purring for Au!!
Our Mom hides our pills in tiny little capsules, sometimes we find them ^..^
Happy Wednesday!
~ Miss Emily and The Bunch

Athena said...

Definitely purring for you!

Willow said...

Au you are such a good mancat to help your own recovery by taking your pills. I am visiting for the first time after seeing your comment and read through some of your ordeal. Purring for strenght and health.
PURRRS, Willow

Splendid Little Stars said...

treats! LOL!
glad Au is doing so well!
puuurrrs!

Clooney said...

Oh yes, purrs from us coming your way Au...big time! Keep up the good work with eating all that good stuff you get Au!

Blackie007 said...

This is a BRILLIANT idea! Thanks for sharing, now I know what to do if I have to feed lots of pills if any of my kitties are sick....just grind all into powder and pour it inside the jelly capsule!

Yvonne Foong said...

Wow! What dedication you have! I notice cats are easily amused by small, oval-shaped things. I can't leave my half-boiled eggs uncracked in a bowl on the table. I will find them cracked open on the floor later.

Xanae Lewis said...

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