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How to cheese a cat, part 2 
16th-Dec-2011 10:00 am
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I said yesterday: After securing the cat on my lap by way of cheesy bribery, I grab him by the back of the head and paint his nose with cheese. While he is distracted, I plan my pill attack. The trick is to dab cheese on your finger, poke the pill with the cheese, then shove the finger down the cat's throat.

This assumes, of course, that I managed to secure the cat. This morning, I didn't do such a great job grabbing Pico's head. He squirmed free, lunged forward, and nearly bit off my pill-and-cheese covered finger in his desperate quest to consume the cheesy goodness. ... I'm thinking that I'll skip the "secure the cat" step tomorrow and substitute "call the cat" and just offer him the cheese-n-pills in the bathroom to keep the other cats from cutting in on the action.

It should be noted for the record, however, that Maximus does not believe in cheese whiz. I will need to keep that in mind if ever he is the recipient of pills. To him, the One True Cat Food is pig.
16th-Dec-2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
Does cheese wiz believe in Maximus?
16th-Dec-2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure. I expect it does, but I don't have a good, direct connection to it...
16th-Dec-2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
Pig whiz? Bacon Whiz?
16th-Dec-2011 07:18 pm (UTC)

The label says "Cheddar and Bacon."

Edited at 2011-12-16 07:18 pm (UTC)
26th-Dec-2011 02:56 am (UTC)
My sympathies! We went through several rounds of pills with Heidi, and tried all sorts of tricks - wet food, commercial pill pockets, chunks of hot dog, peanut butter (limited success), bacon grease (great until she figured out she could lick off the yum & leave the pill)... What ended up working best was also cheese - M. would grab a little hunk of sliced Kraft singles cheese and smush it around the pill. Apparently cats and dogs share some predilections. I hope the UTI clears up quickly!
26th-Dec-2011 03:30 am (UTC)
Thanks for the sympathies! It sounds like this is mostly behavioral, unfortunately, but hopefully we can clean up any perepheral issues and get him back on the straight and narrow...

In the end of his month of Lymes treatment, Puck would only take his pills in porcupine balls (ground beef and Rice-a-Roni) out of being polite to me and a bribery agreement. He would spit them out of everything else, including cheese. Joy would still take cheese once in a whie, but crunchy peanut butter sandwiches were her favorite.
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