Rated 1 out of 5 by spirite Used to be great...something's changed
I've used these for years and they were amazing. Because they're way too large for the meds my cats get, I used to break them up, stuff the tiny 1/4 pill inside and roll the pieces into balls. However, starting back in about June 2012, I noticed the consistency had changed and that they had a waxy feel. Now when I try to roll pieces up, they will not stick together around the pill. I have tried hard, but they must be breaking apart so that the cats can taste the pills, because one of my cats won't touch them now. For a while, it was impossible to get her hypertension meds in her, which was really not ideal. I've found an alternative, but it hasn't been quite as successful as the Pill Pockets used to be. The other cat hasn't completely given up, but every few days, she'll refuse them too.
I still try, on and off, to get the one cat to eat them, by giving her some pieces without any meds, but she backs away. And trying to roll pieces into balls without meds doesn't work any better than rolling them around a pill. Rather than forming nice round balls, they just stretch into long ropes. 3 other people I know have had the same experience.
Plus, as of expiration dates starting 8/2013, they have had an absolutely awful smell. It used to smell like chicken when I opened a bag. Now I don't know what the smell is, but it can't possibly come from good ingredients.
I don't know if this was some effort by the company to cut corners, or a quality control issue or what. I used to go through 3+ bags of these per month. I'm going to try one more bag, and if it's the same as the others, I probably won't be buying any more.
February 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by swolf Lifesaver!
Ever try to "pill" a cat? The vet made it look so easy. However, my cat has a talent for spitting a pill 5 feet across a room while I'm holding his mouth open. Instead of the daily wrestling match, I decided to give the Pill Pockets a try. Now my cat is sitting next to the drawer where we keep his meds waiting for the "treat" and practically begging. He's picky, too, so these are perfect for your finicky feline. Highly recommended and happy to keep all my fingers.
March 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ChiMafiaMommy perfect for small dogs too!
i use this to give my little Chihuahua her Phenobarbital. they are the PERFECT size and she loves them!
February 14, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by RandyW not so good
The pill pockets were unable to convince my rather finicky feline that I was not trying to hide pills disguised in a treat. He enjoyed the treats and spit the pills ....
March 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by jana87 Love them!! Eastiest way to get the kitty to take his meds EVER!!
Its a great product and makes giving a stressed cat his anxiety meds...I don't have to chase him down, add stress to him to get him to take his meds!!
August 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by SylviaW Makes your life easier - if your cat will eat them...
I love these - currently use them twice a day to deliver blood pressure meds. I am not a good medicator on my own.
However, be warned that because cats are so individual (read crazy) that these pockets may not be accepted. This is at least the third cat I have tried to medicate in this way, and only the first success.
Nothing at all to do with the product, which is great if they will eat them.
June 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by meowmeowmans our cat loves these
One of our cats takes methimazole for his hyperthyroidism. Pill Pockets make giving him his daily pill like) "treat time."
August 20, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Elizabeth Quality Control Issue
I've had the same problem others have described. Sometimes the pill pockets a soft and pliable and they work great. But more and more often I open a package to find pill pockets that at waxy and hard. The pockets crumble and fall apart and the pill falls out. My cat eats the pocket and leaves the pill. For me it has not just been packages from August and September of 2014. It happens almost all the time now. Seems like they have permanently changed the formula -- or just don't have a quality control system in place.
April 19, 2015