May 25th 2012 11:57 am
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I got whisked to the vet today so that a vet tech could show Mawmee and Daddy how to give me fluids and keep me still. She was very good and gave us some good advice.
So, I got my fluids, and then I pooped and peed in the carrier on Mawmee's lap on the way home. I cried in the car, but I'm a talker, so they expected some chattiness!
On Sunday, I'll be getting my fluids in the laundry room which they think will trick me into thinking I'm at the vet's office - MOL!
The vet tech said Mawmee should scruff my neck and with her other hand hold the back of my feet because both of those movements are supposed to make me submissive. She said you can tap a cat lightly on the nose too to distract them. Which hand is she supposed to use for that? Maybe we'll have Newman in there helping with the distraction part! MOL!
Daddy is supposed to insert the needle quicker and not be such a pansy about it - sorry Pansy! And someone is supposed to hold the bag of fluids up high so that it flows good.
Dang, we need more people in this house!
fluids: sew lew shun
distraction: mewvies bout butter; there be sum good one on ewe toob
laundree room: put sum mewsic on that sounds like this:
it'll ree mind ewe oh de vet
pansy: sorree but her iz mewving in with ashlynne; sorree ashlynne ta break it two ewe this way, on caturday, coz de kitshun at pansy's houz iz comin down
neck scruff; sport gel hold "10" werks grate...we woodna recommend anything less than 7 tho coz if its a windy day...ther goes de scruff
bak feetz: ask gleek bout bunny kicks
nose taps: noe
yur daddy bein a pansy: noe
tell yur mawmee N daddy ta goes to lunch N ask de window washer dood ta try this :)
N bring bak de bobcat N gets a pick sure!
hope ewe bee doin good dood
hugs N lvoes frum TT
Do you have a cabinet up high in the laundry room that you can hang the bottle of fluids over. We had used a high cabinet in the kitchen to do that and it was the perfect height. Then pushed the ottoman over to the area under it. Mommy can't remember but we might have used a hanger to hook it over the cabinet door. GOOD LUCK!!
xo RA xo
I have made my Mom and Dad fail too. All the same issues you mentioned. It seems so easy at the Vets where I am still. At home, I am also a wigglebutt.
Wishing your Mom and Dad luck with it. Just remember it is over fairly quickly and makes you feel better.
OOoooooo, I hope those fluids make you feel better.
I nice warm blanket might help like it does for me, we hand our bag on the cabinet...we have to open the doors and hook it on the middle board between to the 2 doors...it works great...dad watches the fluids, Mom is the one that inserts the needle and holds it there and keeps me from moving...
Your parents will just have to be patient, work together and find what works the best for you and them. The best advice is just make sure Violet that you are comfortable and you need to just relax!!!!
Good Luck let us know how it is going!!! purring for you sweetie
Glad to hear that you have a plan of action and maybe with a little practice it will become a bit easier for you all. Sending purrs your way!
Hang in Violet! I hope the purrrrents find a plan that werks for yous..
Will your siblings be sitting at the door watching your parents? You definitely need an audience for this type of operation. Hopefully you get some yummy treats for enduring this!
Sending you purrs Violet. Hoping that the tips the vet tech gave your Mom and Dad make the process easier for everyone.
I had fluids once... I was put on the dining room table on a nice soft towel. Mom held me by the scruff of my neck with one hand and held the bag with the other while the vee eee teee lady put the needle in then the vee eee tee lady took the bag and mom used her other hand to stroke my chin and ears to make me feel better. But I wasn't a wigglebutt so this might not work for you. You need an octopus in there to help you! I've got my purr motor going for you!
My Mom and Dad hang the bag of fluids on the back of the door using a coat hanger. That way it is up high and the flow is faster. The faster the flow the faster it's over! :)
Mom sits on a chair with me on her lap, and Dad monitors the fluid flow. Mom holds me still with her left hand and puts in the needle with her right hand, then she uses her right hand to still my back end and to hold the line in place. Works pretty well.
Keep us posted on how you are doing!
Many long years ago, meowmy had to do whatevfur it was to a now angel kitty...and no one was there to be an extra pair of hands...she remembers agonizing, and used a not terribly tight chip clip to simulate a hand holding a scruffed neck...and lo and behold it even worked!
You will get your own techniques figured out and you Violet will sense the confidence and relax...
Hang in there!
My mommy is afraid of needles, when I got my dental work done, I needed fluids. Mommy did NOT handle it well. I hope your mommy is better at it than mine!
Hope the advice will help and your pawrents can figure it out.
Hi Violet (I almost said Violent, which would have been appropo with the fluids!)
But let me tell you about how I get fluids. I don't always like them, but Mommy and Daddy have come to realize that if I'm distracted, it works better.
1) Tell your daddy that the needles do not hurt our kind the way they do humans. We have lastic skin and it is not a particularly sensitive area. What bothers us most is the weird sensation of it.
2) Whats your favorite food? Have you mom or dad put it under your nose as you're getting fluids.
3) Put a towel or blankie you like under you. You will then have a familar smell to have near you when you're getting fluids.
Daddy gives me my fluids on my spot n the loveseat. I lay there...sometimes I try to get away, but daddy don't let me. And mommy is sometimes stroking or brushing my face so I am distracted.
It scares humans, sometimes, they are afraid of hurting us. We respond to their tension, not the fluids, really. We feel something odd, but it doesn't really hurt us, just feels funny.
And Violet, you will feel so much better when you start getting them regularly!!!
Big Tom Cat Purrs to you Violet so you feel better soon.
Our Pops haz done the fluids several times and it is not super difficult. He told me that we kind of know that our loving Moms and Pops are doing this to help us. Of course we do Pops. We are cats after all.
Now that needle is very scary looking but not as scary once you get used to giving and receiving the point of it all. If Daddy pinches up a little fold of skin it is pretty easy to poke it in and get it under the skin(That why it is called Sub-Cutaneous or under the lower skin layer).
Make sure the fluids are warmed correctly.(Check with your vet. Pops uses the forearm check like for a baby hooman. If it feels just right it is. It should not feel cool or warm. Just right)
You can run the fluid in pretty fast. It makes a funny little bump. That is fine and it will be gone very shortly.
We know cats who have been getting fluids for a long time and it really perks them up.
Purrs coming from our family!
Timmy, B, Toby, Rumpy, Buddy, Fitz, and Pops too!
*Pops: Well I cannot purr but I send my prayers. I am a RN so if you have any questions about the medical please send me a message. Love ya!
I did great with fluids at the vet too. They didn't even hold me! I would just lie on the table. But at home...wiggle butt!
Mom hung my fluids with the coat hanger too. We used the bathroom in case we had a leak. Hanger on the shower curtain rod and me and mom on the floor. Some days were better then others ;) Good luck Violet, we are all purring for you sweetie.
Violet, I am very combative at the vet when I get needles. One thing that helps is that in addition to "scruffing" me, the vet gently shakes me, like he's rocking me. Mommy also pets my nose while he does this. Our friend Uncle Johnnie used to give his kitty Socks fluid in the bathroom, and he hung the fluid bag on a clothes hanger attached to the towel hook on the door. I hope this helps and that your folks figure out the best tricks that work for you!