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How to Give a Cat a Pill

  1. Pick your cat up and cradle it on the crook of your left arm as though holding a baby. Position your right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth, and gently apply pressure to the cheeks. When the cat opens its mouth, pop the pill in its mouth. Cat will then close mouth and swallow.
  2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Repeat the process.
  3. Retrieve cat from bedroom and throw soggy pill away.
  4. Remove second pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm and hold rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open, and push pill to the back of the cat's throat with forefinger. Hold mouth shut for count of 10. If you are able, hold cat's mouth closed as well.
  5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call for assistance.
  6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between your knees, immobilizing front and rear paws. Ask assistant to hold cat's head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into cat's throat. Flip pill down ruler with forefinger into cat's throat, and rub cat's throat vigorously.
  7. Retrieve cat from living room curtain valance.
  8. Carefully sweep shattered figurines from floor and set them aside for later gluing. Remove third pill from foil wrap.
  9. Wrap cat in large beach towel, and ask assistant to lie prone on cat with cat's head visible under assistant's armpit. Put pill in end of paper tube you've made for this purpose, then force cat's mouth open with pencil and blow ...
  10. Check label to make sure pill is not lethal to humans. Sip water to take bad taste away. Apply bandage to assistant's forearm and remove blood from carpet with soap and cold water.
  11. Retrieve cat from neighbor's roof. Remove fourth pill from foil. Place cat in cupboard, and close door on cat's neck leaving head outside cupboard. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with rubber band.
  12. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Throw bloodied t-shirt away and fetch another from the bedroom.
  13. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat.
  14. Call 911 and ask fire department to retrieve cat from eucalyptus tree.
  15. Remove remaining pill from foil wrap.
  16. Tie cat's front paws to rear paws with garden twine, and tie cat securely to leg of dining table. Put on heavy-duty pruning gloves. Force cat's mouth open with tire iron. Drop pill, previously hidden in one ounce of raw hamburger, into cat's mouth. Hold head vertically with nose pointed to ceiling, and pour one half pint of water down cat's throat - and two jiggers of whisky down your own.
  17. Ask assistant to drive you to emergency room. Sit quietly while doctor administers anesthetics, stitches fingers and forearm, and removes remnants of pill from eye.
  18. Drop off cat, along with generous donation, at the animal shelter. Adopt gold fish.
 
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