|The icky stuff and the good stuff|
None of my pigs have liked the taste of shilintong. I have tried to trick them into eating it a variety of ways: hiding it in a piece of banana or melon, grinding it up and mixing with water and syringing it. Willow had this amazing knack of eating all of the banana around it, then spitting out the tablet. Oi!
I had the easiest time getting shilintong into Pinni while I was hand-feeding Bertie because there was always a bit of leftover Critical Care. Pinni loves Critical Care. I'd grind up the shilintong to mix in the slurry and Pinni would suck it down. However, mixing just enough Critical Care to mask the taste is a lot of work. Two weeks ago I was in a rush and just didn't have the time to prepare a syringeful of the stuff. I used a pair of tweezers to pick up the half-tablet, dipped it in water, dipped it in the Critical Care and gave it to Pinni. She snarfed it up so fast, she had no clue she'd eaten the shilintong, too. Wonderful! Why didn't I think of this ages ago?? I don't even have to take her out of the cage to medicate her.
I am sure this is too good to last. She'll eventually clue in that this Critical Care has an odd crunch and aftertaste. On Sunday she managed to suck off the coating and spit out the tablet, although she did eat the whole thing on the second attempt. Maybe I didn't coat it thick enough? We'll see. But in the meantime, I will enjoy the ease of doing this while it lasts!