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I am having to pill Foo twice a day at the moment, it's really not going well in spite of the awesome youtube lesson I found a while back - it's magic has worn off and now she just thinks I'm the devil and has really learnt how to struggle.

I'm not even sure she got either of today's pills. I haven't been able to find them anywhere, so I assume they went down, but it's the old absence of evidence etc. thing.

I hate to sound like a cry-baby but it's getting me down: it's not doing wonders for her trust of me.

Now in a grumpy mood. Heading off to bed to read for hours.

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Mar. 5th, 2015 12:49 pm (UTC)
When Freya was sick I had to crush her tablets up, dissolve them in pediasure, and then syringe the mix into her and hold her mouth closed until she swallowed all of it. I didn't realise until we got Isis and I dissolved into tears giving her a worming tablet how much medicating Freya had affected me. When I was trying so hard to give her all her medication and she still kept getting sicker, I felt as though I had let her down so much. I do logically know that I couldn't possible beat the bladder tumour, but feelings aren't logical.

I will say that Freya was a complete angel about cleaning her scabby blistered feet twice every day (a result of the pemphagus). She was just psycho with tablets and IV lines.
Mar. 6th, 2015 03:10 am (UTC)
It's quite a relief to know other people find it traumatic, not just me!

Yeah, the other night Foo got something in her eye. I was able to use a syringe to squirt some lukewarm water (that had some of that electrolyte solution used for sinus rinsing in it) over her eye with no fuss whatsoever. Go figure.
Mar. 5th, 2015 01:23 pm (UTC)
I can imagine how dispiriting it is :(

I was going to suggest the same thing as the previous person. When Lambi needed a long course of antibiotics in the weeks before she died, I couldn't bear the thought of fighting with her, so I crushed her meds and mixed with water and syringed them up and squirted them into her mouth. She didn't like it, but it was much less hassle than wrestling her into submission and inserting a tablet that she's spit right back at me.
Mar. 5th, 2015 02:23 pm (UTC)
And here I am being sad by answering my own comment...

But a friend posted this picture and I thought it might make you smile.

Mar. 6th, 2015 03:11 am (UTC)
And today - a bloody sore finger!
Mar. 5th, 2015 02:18 pm (UTC)
It is difficult...one reason why I don't have cats is because medicating them is so hard. I used to have cats so I know what you mean, though. I'm sorry.
Why does she need tablets twice a day? Rather, what tablets is she taking?
Mar. 6th, 2015 04:03 am (UTC)
Flagyl for giardia (see next post). I've realised I can give her a daily dose instead, which at least means our evenings can be bonding time.

Loving having pet fish right now. :/
Mar. 6th, 2015 01:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, never could pill Tysie, and neither could the vets. She just clenched her jaw and that was it, so we had to do the same thing as the others - crushed pill and syringe in.
Mar. 6th, 2015 04:04 am (UTC)
I must be doing something wrong with the syringe technique.

I'm going in from the sides - but she really hates it.

Maybe I'm squirting it in too fast. I might try again tomorrow.
Mar. 6th, 2015 05:00 am (UTC)
They don't like it one bit - but at least you can get the syringe in past those teeth. Of course, as you said, there is a difference between doing this with an old girl as opposed to a kitten.
Mar. 6th, 2015 06:05 am (UTC)
Oh that reminds me - at the last consult her age was estimated at 6. So now three vets have said she's older than 2. This clinic has put 6 in her records and advised me to assume 6 when dealing with other vets, lest assumptions about age related conditions cause misdiagnosis.

So, maybe I won't have to wait that long before it gets easier... :D
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