By Cole :: March 25, 2005 @ 07:09 PM
For those sitting on the edge of their seats awaiting news on the cat.
First, he has not been siezed from out custody due to blatant neglect.
However he does have a double ear infection. To be entirely accurate he has one active ear infection (the gross ear), and one old infection (that we likely never noticed but is still lingering).
How do you treat a double ear infection in a cat?
1. Take him in back room at the clinic and clean out ear. Return cat to owner with 2 wet ears while he repeatedly shakes his head.
2. Prescribe ear drops, a solution for rinsing ears, and antibiotics in PILL FORM. Quick aside here: Is this vet a madman? Has he ever attempted to give a cat a pill?
So that's the story. Feel free to send your condolences. (No, not to the cat, to Hassan and myself who have to spend the next week administering oral antibiotics to the cat). For those of you with experience medicating cats - let's hear your tips.
After trying to get our cat to actually swallow pills with little to no success someone told us a method that we've used ever since with great success.
We grind up the pill into a powder, then mix it in with wet cat food (or tuna fish), something the cat loves that has a strong flavor. Much easier than trying to get the cat to swallow a pill, even with those pill thingies you can get. Good luck!
Our cat was extremely jealous when we brought my daughter home and started to have behavioral problems (peed in a little bassinet we'd set in the place near the window that the cat used to like sitting in). Our cat eventually resigned herself to the new competition and by the end even slept in my daughter's (and son's) beds.
Posted by: chip at March 25, 2005 09:51 PM
PS You think giving a cat a pill is bad? I'll have to post sometime about our friend's diabetic cat and the time I had to give him insulin shots. And this was not a friendly cat.
Posted by: chip at March 25, 2005 09:54 PM
I've had luck wrapping the pill in a little ball of butter. It makes it slippery to handle, but it also makes it slide right down the cat's mouth.
Posted by: Kadi at March 26, 2005 11:46 AM
I find that a ball peen hammer administered slightly between the ears just before you try to give him the pill works just fine. Oh I know...The two cats that my lovely siblings left me are both trained in taking pills. I will pack them up and ship them to you so they can train the Gato. Oh honey ..no thaks required. Its the least I can do for you. Beware of large boxes in the mail
Posted by: Dad at March 26, 2005 12:40 PM