How To Administer Medication To Your Cat
. . . Without Taking Some Yourself by Marjorie Dorfman
Have you ever tried to give your cat medicine? Do you find it a hopless task, tantamount perhaps, to making a hole in water? Well, dont look here for any help. I cant do it either. I have, however, learned to administer medication to myself in a much better fashion! Read on . . . if you dare.
As a writer of mysteries and horror fiction, I am no more tested along creative lines than when the hour of the syringe or the pill or the liquid or the ointment has arrived. Once, when I lived in New York City, one of my cats broke through a screen, went for a stroll along the roof of my building and returned with ear mites. As a generous creature, he could not help but share them. At the time I owned three cats and the medication had to be dropped into each ear twice a day. Thats six ears times two. That makes twelve ears a day with the odds that I will succeed barely better than one in ten. Now most ear-mite medications require application only once a day. Where was that when I needed it?
I now live in a big house in the country and own seven cats. Thats fourteen ears, twenty eight eyes, seven tails, many teeth, seven mouths and twenty-eight legs. My cats dont go out and the mites dont get in, but still sickness, like bills and taxes, sometimes happens. Recently, my oldest cat was quite sick with a malady three vets and numerous tests could not diagnose. After a month all they could tell me was that he didnt have cancer. All together, the poor creature needed one diarrhea medication, two antibiotics and a steroid, all to be applied at different times with different syringes.
I was instructed to administer the second antibiotic in pill form which for me is like that nice song Perry Como recorded a long time ago called: Its Impossible." The vet made it all look so easy. He took a long tweezer, held the cats head back and placed the pill at the very back of its mouth. The cat swallowed the pill. The vet said I would have the same results. Well, he was wrong! I opted for the diluted pill in water and the syringe because by this time I was getting pretty good at using one and only hitting my hair and clothes instead of the cats mouth about once in every three or four times.
So how does one administer medicine to an unwilling feline? The first rule of the road is to hide the medication from the cat in question. They are smart and will associate the medicine with a certain place and run if they see you "busy" over there. Just make sure that you remember where you put it. I still havent found the last dose of diarrhea medication which is in a small bowl with a syringe all ready to go somewhere in the abyss which is my house.
Put on your running shoes and place yourself in a patience mode. Aim carefully. Cats will give you a run for your money if you should miss your mark. Also, keep a change of clothes and a wash-cloth nearby because heres where things can really get messy.
Prepare a stockpile of little dishes and syringes clearly labeled and ready to go. In the case of the steroid, the pill needed almost a half-hour to dissolve while the antibiotic fizzled within about ten minutes. Synchronize your movements. It wont help, but it will make you feel better. Try a timer to add to the confusion or maybe even more than one placed strategically all over the house.
Pretend that you really are not interested in finding the cat or giving the little darling anything at all. Pretend to not be looking under every nook and cranny of the house. Whistling sometimes helps here. And sometimes it doesnt. Speak softly and carry your medicine camouflaged in some way. If the cat is not near where you have prepared things, be prepared to travel a bit and seek the creature out. In my case, whenever the medication was upstairs the cat was downstairs and vice versa. Perhaps you will have better luck.
If all else fails, try crying. The cat may feel sorry for you and come out of its hiding place. You can only use this once, however, so make sure that you have exhausted all other possibilities. And if all else does fail, return to the vet and cry. Thats what I did and he kept my cat for a few days just to monitor him and make sure he got the medication.
Now my cat is better and he doesnt need any medication. I, however, am on two tranquilizers and one anti-depressant!
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