So, I have an elderly cat (14-year-old Russian blue). As he is getting advanced in years he is having more and more medical problems and needs to take a course of pills once a year or so for one thing or another.
Problem is, he's gotten really, really good at not taking pills.
He seems to have grown an amazing amount of willpower when it comes to not opening his mouth when I put my fingers by the back of his lips. When I do finally get his mouth open and pop the pill in, regardless of which placement technique and no matter how deep I get it in he seems to have figured out how to push it out with his tongue. No matter how much I hug and cuddle him before and after he simply refuses to go gently into that good night.
For a while I tried hollowing out some of his favorite treats to put the pills inside, but he's learned that trick too, and has opted to no longer accept those particular treats anymore.
Oh, and pill pockets don't work - he just eats the pocket around the pill.
For now the only thing I can seem to do is put the pill in his mouth and then hold it shut until he swallows, but this seems incredibly inhumane and regardless he's figured out how to push the pill out before I get his mouth closed anyway.
Does anyone have any ideas for how to coerce a way-too-smart-for-his-own-good cat to take his dang medicine? Ideally without traumatizing him!