Throwing in the towel

Pippin, our cat, needed to take some tablets recently. He had to take one in the morning and one in the evening for a week. The biped would put him on the table and open his mouth and pop the tablet in and hold him until he swallowed it. Pippin was very good about this for three days.

Pippin on the terrace at home

Pippin on the terrace at home

But on the fourth day he decided he was feeling better and didn’t need to take any more medication. When the biped put him on the table and opened his mouth, he put a front paw up with all the claws out so that the biped couldn’t get the tablet to his mouth. She pushed his paw down and tried again. One of his back paws came round with all the claws out! It’s amazing how flexible a cat’s legs are!

The biped spoke to Pippin and told him that he really needed to take the tablet, but as soon as Pippin saw it getting near his mouth, he put a different paw up with the claws out. I’d never seen Pippin being so difficult and stubborn! The biped released him and put the tablet down. Pippin jumped down from the table and looked very pleased with himself.

The biped walked across the room to where she had left a folded towel. She opened out the towel and started walking back towards the table. Pippin saw what she was doing and miaowed and jumped back up on the table and ate the tablet that was there. The biped looked surprised. She picked up the jar of cat treats and gave Pippin one. She also stroked him and told him what a good boy he is. He purred and climbed into her arms for a cuddle.

I found this a bit puzzling. I had seen Mulberry, our other cat, being wrapped up in a towel occasionally. This used to happen if he was struggling and refusing to take a tablet. The biped would pop him in the middle of a towel and a few seconds later the towel was securely round him with just his head poking out. It always seemed to calm him down and he couldn’t move his legs and scratch. I had never seen this done to Pippin, he was always well-behaved.

When it was time for Pippin’s next tablet, the biped put the towel on the table and got a tablet out. She picked Pippin up and put him on the table. As soon as she picked up the tablet, Pippin reached his head forward and took the tablet from her and ate it. She told him what a clever boy he is and gave him a treat and a cuddle.

I asked Pippin why he had changed his mind about taking the tablets. He said, “No cat can win against the towel! Haven’t you heard me telling Mulberry to just give in and get it over with, when he was wrapped in the towel?”

I said, “Yes, but you weren’t wrapped up in the towel!”

Pippin said, “No, she used to wrap me in the towel when I was young and she was obviously planning to wrap me up in it. She seemed determined that I take the tablet and she wouldn’t make me take it if I didn’t need to, so I thought I might as well get it over with.”

Pippin can be very stubborn, but he’s also very wise!

See you next Wednesday!

121 Comments

  1. What a deeply wise thing of Pippin to do! Wish he’d have a chat with our gang. Mind you, we’ve given up trying to get pills down them that way and serve them ground in tuna – no complaints now 😉

    • They’ve tried hiding tablets in fish and Pippin was never fooled, he refused to eat it.
      Pippin thinks things through, he is a very clever cat. It’s generally a bit of a challenge to convince a cat to do something the cat doesn’t want to do!

  2. If only we bipeds were as wise as Pippin! Sometimes, it truly is best to give in to the inevitable without struggle – besides, that way you get a treat and a cuddle! Now I call that a win-win. My Sam would disagree though. But he is still young and hasn’t learned this bit of wisdom.

    • It’s something he decided when he was about two years old and needed stitches in his leg. After that he stopped fighting when he was taken to the vet and co-operated about taking medication at home.

  3. Pippin is one smart Kittie 🙂 That’s amazing he knew what was going to happen if he didn’t take the tablet.Humom puts my tablets in ham or cheese, I’m such a piggy that I don;t even notice that they are there..BOL..Have a wonderful week and see ya next Wednesday Clowie xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  4. glad the medicine is helping Pippin.

  5. Glad to hear Pippin is feeling better, and your right he does seem a very wise cat.

  6. Wow what a smart cat Pippin is. We are so impressed. Nice one! Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  7. Great story – very clever cat!

  8. Pippin knew what was coming with that towel so I agree – why not just get it over with?!?!?! I’m glad you were there to support Pippin throughout the “TAKING OF THE PILLS” – hopefully Pippin is all better now??? You’re a very good sister Clowie!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

    • He’s a cool cat! He’s fine, thank you Sammy – he had a small cut that was slightly infected. I like to keep an eye on him and Mulberry – I help them when I can.

  9. Wow, that Pippin is a smarty–almost as smart as a dog. 🙂

  10. Sheba's life story.

    Cats aren’t daft.

    Sheba.

  11. That was totally incredible. I can see why Pippin did it. Cats are smart (not as smart as you though Clowie)

  12. Cats can be super tough to give pills to. Mom has it down pretty well but they can be fighters…we know about “the towel” but haven’t had to try it out.

  13. Pippin is a very smart kitty! Hope Pippin is feeling all better.. 🙂

  14. Great story ! I wish I could write like you .

  15. What a fine story today Clowie…Pippin is a very wise cat…Momz sez she’s never seen a cat take a tablet willingly

  16. Wow kitties are very clever… Mom’s BFF bought metall-gloves as the butchers have to give her cat Felix his pills :o)

  17. Hi my furiend! Since this is a kitty post I figured I would stop by. This is Cody (Dakota’s kitty brother) My Grandpa Bobo used to have to be wrapped in a towel for his meds but not me! I also sit on the table and mom takes my head, tilts it back, opens my mouth and puts that pill waaaaaaaay back and then she closes my mouth and rubs under my chin and I swallow it. Occasionally I trick her and spit it out but she always catches me! Love, Cody

    • Hi Cody, it’s nice to see you! You are very well-behaved. I try to spit tablets out sometimes, but they always notice and make me take it again! I think Pippin is right – it’s best just to get it over with and get the treats.

  18. That is one clever cat you are sharing space with!

  19. That is such a great story. What a good kitty to just eat the pill. All it took was a towel. We will have to try that on some of the kitties here. Hope all of you have a great day.

  20. Pippin SHOULD be a role-model for one of my kitties, who has to take a pill twice a day for the rest of her life (thyroid). But my kitty fought tooth and nail against the hand and the towel. Now she gets her meds wiped in her ear. Seems like a funny way to do it…..

    So, Mom, Dad & I say YAY for Pippin!!

    • It can be incredibly difficult to keep hold of a cat! They’re so flexible, they seem to be claws everywhere. Wiping medication in the ear sounds as though it should be easier than getting a tablet down an unwilling cat – I’d never heard of anything like that.

  21. You are very wise Pippin. Hope you are feeling better!

  22. A smart cat, Pippin!

    It also tells me not to underestimate my kitty neightbours.

  23. What a great post Clowie and so much to learn from here. Lot of wisdom, indeed. Have a great week, friend. Wag wag, Max & Bella

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