|Although as always I felt guilty about putting her in her cat carrier. Until she scratched up my arm.|
If you're curious about how to give a cat a pill here's a quick lesson; there are three ways to go around it. Four if you use a pill syringe. I have one but I'm no good with it. So I prefer the manual method. The easiest way is to bring in a second person. One person sits with the cat on their lap facing forward. This is to prevent the cat from backing away and getting out of reach. The other person approaches from the front and massages the cats cheeks, right where the "ends" of their mouth is. I can't think of a better word for it. If you massage and press down at that point it causes the cat to open it's mouth. Simple reflexology. At that point you drop the pill in and massage the cat's throat until they swallow the pill. They'll likely spit it out a few times but eventually they'll give up and swallow it.
The middle difficulty method is to basically do that with one person. Sit down, face the cat forward, hold their head in place. Massage the cheeks, pop the pill, massage the neck. It's more difficult because you have to hold on tighter, which means you can't massage the cheeks or hold the pill as easily.
Hard mode is to just try and grab them and make them open their mouth. This is what I had to resort to yesterday. When I fed her I held her in place using my feet, leaned down, and managed to get the pill in her mouth. I felt bad about interrupting her feeding time but hey, I did try putting it in her food. She just ate around it. So it's partly her fault.
I suppose that's one of the advantages of dogs. They're dumb enough to eat anything you give them. A cat is smart enough (and annoying enough) to just eat around medicine.