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July 20th, 2004

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01:38 pm - Cannonballing the cat
Abbie had himself an infection while he was sick, so the vet prescribed antibiotics. I currently have 30mL of Amoxicillin for the ol' fellow, which he is to receive in 3mL doses twice a day for 10 days.

As you may have well guessed, that's a lot of medicine for a cat. The problem is compounded further by the fact that the cat absolutely hates to take his medicine. He simply won't take pills at all. Thankfully in a brief flash of foresight I asked the vet for a liquid prescription -- there's no way in hell I'm gonna hold an 18-pound cat down, pry his jaws open, and shove a pill down his throat twice a day for 10 days on my own. After last year's medicinal adventure when we tried liquid meds for the first time, I've hit upon the proper way to give Abbie medicine in liquid form.

You just have to get it all over him.

Ok, that's not exactly the primary strategy, but it seems to work well as a backup. I have to hold the cat down and gently place the tip of the dropper in his mouth near the back teeth, gentle pressure applied on the bulb ready to deploy, and when he opens his mouth to go "ack! ack!" that's when the medicine goes in. It's surprisingly effective, even when he lashes his head back and forth and tries to push the dropper away with a paw. The liquid goes everywhere, though, and I figure that if I get any on his fur, that's all right, because he's only going to lick it off anyway.

I've also noticed that not only is amoxicillin a bright pinkish purple, it's also hard to get out of clothing.

The dropper I have only takes 1mL at a time, so 3 a day twice a day can be a particularly exhausting ordeal (hint: prepare the first dropperful before you secure cat.) To help morale today I decided to play Caddyshack with Abbie, cause it's his favorite movie. I took the part of Carl Spackler, barely-coherent assistant groundskeeper, and Abbie played the role of Ty Webb, best player on the course who runs into Spackler late at night while practicing for the Big Game.

"Here, here, you gotta cannonball it," I told Abbie, dropping medicine down his throat. "Cannonball! Cannonball comin!" Somehow he refused to appreciate the reference and squirmed about as defiantly as usual.

In retrospect I never thought I'd be sitting in a chair holding a cat down trying to squirt medicine down his throat while hollering "Cannonball!" but there you go. That's life in the big city.

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Date:July 20th, 2004 12:02 pm (UTC)
I've had some luck with mixing medicine in with wet food (a special treat for my cats, who normally only get dry).

But good luck...it's a miserable job.
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Date:July 20th, 2004 12:16 pm (UTC)
They make these big syringe-type dealies for pills, if you decide to give that a try again. Basically, the pill goes in the tip of the syringe (there's no needle), you put the syringe in the corner of the mouth (this makes it harder for the cat to spit anything out), and you just plunge it on in there. Hold his mouth closed and rub his little throat a bit with your finger to help it go down. It gets to the back of the throat quicker, avoids the tongue, and saves you a mess.
I would suggest trying to put the liquid medicine in through the corner of the mouth, as well.
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Date:July 20th, 2004 01:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Maybe mix it in with something Abbie likes?

When we were dosing Ms. Mixmaster T, she of the 7 big pounds of catflesh and the ultra-funky flow, it took BOTH me and Jan to hold her down for her liquid. I actually have a scar from one of the rounds of cat-burritoing.
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Date:July 20th, 2004 08:40 pm (UTC)
I once gave him a pill in a bit of salmon. He actually ate around the part with the pill in it.

He's a conniving little bastard.
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Date:July 20th, 2004 02:54 pm (UTC)
Dunno if you've ever read this, but it immediately came to mind... How to give a cat a pill.
Enjoy. :)
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Date:July 20th, 2004 06:55 pm (UTC)
that's what happens when you confuse a cat about its gender early in life.

that's right, they become caddyshack fans
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Date:July 20th, 2004 08:39 pm (UTC)
Abbie thinks he could've done a better job getting rid of the gopher.

Also, he hates the film's sequel.
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Date:July 20th, 2004 08:26 pm (UTC)
Buttering pills usually helps me when it come to medicine time.

De kitties, dey love de butter.
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Date:July 22nd, 2004 11:17 am (UTC)
Poor Abbie! Poor you! Oh god, I know it's not nice to laugh at you two when you're having such a hard time.

One thing that helped with Absalom (aside from the kitty burrito/collar bondage system and the sitting on her and the having another person help) was to mix the liquid medicine with water so that when she spat it out it didn't stain my clothes as bad.

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