To Medicate A Cat
in Johnstown the other day when I stopped by my veterinarian’s
office. It’s the Johnstown Animal Clinic and it was
time for me to get some more eye drops for Sam my adorable
feline. Have I told you that he has feline herpes? It appears
as a growth in his eye. He got it from his mother, a true
barn cat. So every day, Herman must give Sam his eye drops
until the flair-up abates.
when his eye looks healthy, he has to get a mineral supplement
to keep the growth from reappearing. Figuring out how to
disguise his pill (L-Lysine) has been a true challenge.
Have you guys ever read "How to give a cat a pill?"
It was going around the email circuit some time last year.
There were several versions going around. This is the one
by Peggy Althoff with additions by others:
To Give A Cat A Pill
cat firmly in your arms. Cradle its head on your elbow,
just as if you were giving a baby a bottle. Coo confidently,
"That's a nice kitty". Drop pill into it's mouth.
cat from top of lamp and pill from under sofa.
same procedure as in 1. but hold cat's front paws down
with left hand and back paws down with elbow of right
arm. Poke pill into its mouth with right forefinger.
cat from under bed. Get new pill from bottle. (Resist
impulse to get a new cat]
proceed as in 1, except when you have cat firmly cradled
in bottle feeding position, sit down on edge of chair,
fold your torso over cat, bring your right hand over your
right elbow, open cat's mouth by lifting the upper jaw
... and pop the pill in - quickly. Since your head is
down by your knees, you won't be able to see what you're
doing. That's just as well.
cat hanging on curtains. Leave pill in your hair.
you're a woman, have a good cry. If you're a man, have
a good cry.
pull yourself together. Who's the boss here anyway? Retrieve
cat and pill. Assuming the "who's the boss here anyway"
attitude, open cat's mouth, take pill and ... Ooops!
isn't working, is it? Collapse and think.. Aha! Those
flashing claws are causing the chaos.
to the linen cupboard. Drag back one large beach towel.
Spread towel on floor.
cat from kitchen counter and pill from plant pot
cat on towel near one end ... with it's head over long
cat's front and back legs over it's stomach. [Resist impulse
to flatten the cat].
cat in towel. Work fast; time and tabbies wait for no
man [or woman].
position 1. Rotate your left hand to cat's head. Press
its mouth at the jaw hinges like opening the petals of
pill into cat's mouth and poke gently. Voila ... It's
up loose fur [cat's]. Apply bandages to wounds [yours].
2 aspirins. Lie down.
walks past, gives you look and spits out pill (while)
disappearing through catflap.