So these days, just about every animal in the house is getting some sort of medication or other; Trixie gets her Proin and just recently finished up her antibiotics from the life-preserver incident, Trouble gets her periodic shot of enulose (or possibly rum), and Tucker gets his Soloxine plus a raft of other nostrums that my wife has collected in her ongoing, and so far unsuccessful, attempt to curtail his symptoms. All of which got me thinking about how different medicating a cat is from medicating a dog.
To give a pill to one of the dogs, we just put it in something edible or even quasi-edible and present it to them. Lately I’ve been giving Tucker his Soloxine tucked into a blueberry, like so:
The pill can be wrapped in pepperoni, or smeared with butter, or even just tossed it into the bowl with the dog food; however it’s done, the dogs will cheerfully gobble the pill with their food, no questions asked. If the medication is a flavored liquid, the dogs will usually lick it right up; if it’s unflavored, then it can be squirted onto their food. Gobble gobble gobble, all gone.
Then there’s the cat.
If we put a pill in the cat’s food, then when we come back, we’ll find an empty bowl with a pill sitting in the bottom. If we crush the pill to powder, we’ll find an empty bowl with a little pile of powder at the bottom. If the medication is a liquid and we inject it into the food, we’ll come back to find an untouched pile of medicated food and a cat that’s giving us the evil eye. (Well, that always happens.)
For a long time, we’ve been impressed and baffled by Trouble’s uncanny ability to detect when her food has been adulterated; but recently, we set up a small hidden camera inside her box, and now the secret can be revealed: