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What. The. Cat.

August 28th 2011 12:16 am
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First things first - I am purring BIG TIME for all my friends on the East Coast. Be safe everyone!

Second - I am officially putting myself up for adoption. I no longer wish to live with this evil woman I once called mom.

First on Wednesday, she takes me to the vet where they STEAL MY BLOOD! I thought that was the worst I must endure. Oh, if only I were right.

Then earlier today, she came home, and I greeted her at the door. How nice to see you mom, you don't usually come home for dinner ... why are you grabbing my carrier?! NOOOO!

Do you know what I went through at the vet's office? First the vet squeezed my belly, and then she said she couldn't really tell if I had a lot of poo in my colon because I'm "a big gal." What?!

Then she made me do x-rays. THEN, as if all that wasn't enough, she tried to open my mouth and look for string under my tongue. When I wouldn't let her she called me grumpy and uncooperative. I had some names to call her, but mom wouldn't let me.

Now mom just tried to give me my medicine. It's TERRIBLE! It made me drool and was sticky, and oh, just plain awful. Now I'm gonna go lay in front of my window and ignore mom. My only consolation is that while mom tried to give me my medicine, she ended up taking a dose of it herself! AHAHAHAH!

From mom -

Does anyone have any tips on how to give liquid metronidazole? I'm supposed to give it to her for seven days and I don't think I can do this. I tried to give it to her tonight, but I ended up wearing most of it. I got some in her, so I hope that helps. But it makes her drool something fierce. It was all over me, her, the bathroom, the kitchen, my wall. Is that normal?

Purred by: Tigger ~ Loved Forever (Catster Member)

August 28th 2011 at 12:35 am

Hi sweetie. What did they give you to administer the liquid medicine?
Purred by: Monida (Catster Member)

August 28th 2011 at 12:48 am

They gave me a syringe - but they put the medicine in a bottle with a squeeze top (I have no idea what the actual term for that bottle is). So I have to put it in a bowl and then put it in the syringe.
Purred by: Lucy Nooner (Catster Member)

August 28th 2011 at 1:25 am

Lucy's been on metronidazole in the past and it was awful. I had a lot of trouble getting it in her and she foamed at the mouth. I just tried my best to be really quick with the syringe but like you've described, it seemed to end up everywhere but in Lucy. I'm sure someone else will have some more helpful ideas, all I can do is empathize! Sending lots of purrs!
Purred by: Simone (Catster Member)

August 28th 2011 at 1:26 am

Hi Monida! When I had my massive dental surgery I had to be on some powerful pain killers and antibiotics for several days before hand because there was so much bacteria in my mouth they didn't want it in my blood stream. I also won't open my mouth, not even for the vet, they have to sedate me for that nonsense! Mommy found that if she put drops of the drugs on deli meats and put them on a plate for me, I licked and ate them all up. Use low sodium ones and make sure you get plenty of fluids because there's salt in them, but if you use little pieces it should be ok. Our vet said it wasn't bad for me, even though I'm also on the 'pudgy' side. GRRRRRRRRRRRRR.
Purred by: Moppie DB 48 (May 2011 - Dec 2 (Catster Member)

August 28th 2011 at 1:32 am

Hi Monida! I am on Metronidazole right now too! It is some nasty stuff isn't it!? I drool and foam at the mouth like crazy too, so it must be normal. I think this medication is stuuupid... That reminds me, I shall go hide because it must be about that time again.

Note from Mom: When Moppie was first at the vet when he started getting sick we have it to see if it would help and Moppie threw up and the dr said that can happen, that is when we chose the injection which they give super slow so that the animals don't throw up... Anyways my point is I think it causes nausea for a few minutes, but they seem to settle after that. I have no suggestions on how to give it, except maybe as fast as you can because it doesn't seem to taste good. If Monida lets you just keep a cloth handy to wipe off her face..

We are in the same boat here, except Moppie has to have it twice a day for 5 days. And we are dealing with a small kitten..

Hope that helps some... good luck
Purred by: Moppie DB 48 (May 2011 - Dec 2 (Catster Member)

August 28th 2011 at 1:43 am

Oops, that first line of Mom's note didn't turn out properly... I think she's tired. They gave the the metronidazole when I was first sick and I threw up from it.

Btw... Mom's been trying to accept your friend request, but it's not working... we keep trying. Just wanted to let you know ;)
Purred by: Eva V

August 28th 2011 at 3:41 am

Monida, sweet girl, I have no advice. I am going to ask Angel Alex,she knows so much more than me.
Don't be mad at your mom. She loves you and wants you well.
Love and purrs
Purred by: Sonny Bono Angel Dreamboat-#34 (Catster Member)

August 28th 2011 at 5:04 am

Sweet Monida 3 weeks before I went to the Rainbow Bridge momcat had to for feed me, talking about mad she even told me I could bite her well I certainly missed my chance MOL, she used a syringe, I had hyperthyroidisum and had to take my medicine twice a day, now this is how much my momcat loved me she would divide my pill in half and let it melt in the room temp water so it would not be to cold for me, that way when she sat me on the counter she could hold my head and slowly squirt it into my mouth on the side, the say to do it in front but momcat was always afraid I would get choked, so tell your momcat to get a syringe, believe me it's alot easier to take and not messy at all, my momcat still has that syringe. Hope you get better sweet the Angels and I will be purraying for you,

Hugs From Heaven
Angel Sonny Bono ~
Purred by: Sonny Bono Angel Dreamboat-#34 (Catster Member)

August 28th 2011 at 5:07 am

Sorry for my mistakes in my spelling but the Angels and I had a rockin pawty at the Angel Inn last night.
Purred by: Tigger (Catster Member)

August 28th 2011 at 5:41 am

Never had to take that particular medicine,but when Dad was giving Sobe Lysine with an eyedropper,he'd squirt it toward the back of the throat. But Sobe was pretty co-operative in taking it,so you might not be able to aim it well....
Purred by: ♥ Tasha ♥ (Catster Member)

August 28th 2011 at 6:10 am

My vet prescribed metronidazole for me not to long ago... Mom couldn't even get one drop in my mouth... The vet says it tastes terrible, I wasn't about to find out!

We are purring for you.

xoxoxo Tasha
Purred by: Ingen (Catster Member)

August 28th 2011 at 6:45 am

I nefur haved dat med'cine. On'y fing Jen know is to "purrito" a kitty den squirt in as fas' as she can.

"purrito"--wrap securely ina towel so' on'y da head stick out.
Purred by: Eva V

August 28th 2011 at 7:32 am

You're funny, Tasha!
Ingen, I was purritod once. Not so bad!
I felt safe and more important I couldn't move!
Please let us know how you're doing.

We love ya,

Purred by: Cali (Catster Member)

August 28th 2011 at 7:42 am

Try that "Purrito" stuff with me,& there will be blood.

Lots of it.

Not mine,either.
Purred by: Victoria (Catster Member)

August 28th 2011 at 7:56 am

I have to take that medicine sometimes, too. I do better with the pills. Mom puts the pill piece in a gelatine capsule and puts a little butter on it to make it slide down easier. And always gives me a "chaser" of water in a syringe to make sure it goes down. When I took the liquid type, she also gave the water chaser. Seems to help the medicine go down better and dilutes the bitter taste (it's that bitter taste that causes the foaming, which is saliva).
Purred by: Lisa P

August 28th 2011 at 9:05 am

I don't know why they gave you liquid. What I do for Midnight is quarter the tablets (the right dose) and grind it in a pill crusher. Then I pour it into an empty gelcap that has a beef flavored taste. I put it in a pill gun and dip it in cottage cheese to help with the taste. Down it goes and then a little water chaser! They can still taste it a little when the gelcap melts but not as bad.
Purred by: Monida (Catster Member)

August 28th 2011 at 10:09 am

Thank you everybody! You guys are so great! I can't believe they make the medicine in pill form! Why do vets never tell me these things! Monida loves pill pockets - pills would be way easier to give. It's like when I brought her home and she had ear mites and they gave me drops. I found out later they could do one dose of Revolution and I wouldn't have to do anything else. This is information I want to know!
Purred by: Lisa P

August 28th 2011 at 10:11 am

Monida Flagyl is NOT a pill you want to chew, even in a pill pocket. It's gross and very bitter.
Purred by: Stacy T

August 28th 2011 at 10:30 am

Flagyl is notoriously bad tasting. So, foaming and/or drooling are common. When we've had to take liquid medicine, we get our heads securely held and the liquid quickly syringed into the back of our mouths.

Even with two people doing this procedure, they've ended up wearing some of the medicine.

I'm sorry I don't have a more helpful comment, but I can empathize with you and your Mom.

There is a group called "Olde Furts" (I know you're not *old* but they may have some tips and tricks about getting us to take our medicines)
Purred by: Mugsy (Catster Member)

August 28th 2011 at 11:38 am

Yes, aim it towards the back of the throat and give a quick squirt, and hold the mouth closed and rub under the throat to help her swallow it down. Do the same with the pills.

I don't know whether it will get any easier, once they know how awful it tastes they become more reluctant to take it. The Vets make it look easy because they do it all the time, and then when we try, it turns out disastrous!

She might always foam at bit at the mouth, that is normal.

I try to be helpful, but good luck to you!
Purred by: Lisa P

August 28th 2011 at 11:43 am

You can also get a kitty to swallow by blowing very gently on their nosey. Just make sure you don't have bad breaf! MOL
Purred by: Pipo (Catster Member)

August 28th 2011 at 12:03 pm

Neither I nor my brofur have had to take those meds...but the angel furs here have, but not what you are no good advice, sorry to say.
Sorry also that you have to be enduring this...surely that medicine taking stress doesn't help at all!?
Pill pockets and tablets sound a lot easier and less messy/wasteful to meowmy.
Eons ago it seems meowmy had to get a med (pill) for our angel-Suki, at the people pharmacy cause the vet only had it in liquid form and he knew it would be lots more accurate and easier to give as a pill, and it was!
Corral kitty, put her between knees while sitting on the floor, have the tail end closest to meowmy, use one hand to hold kitty, while also using legs to form a 'cage' and then gently pull back on kitty's head until you can see the mouth. Eventually pry the mouth open, and quickly insert the pill on the very back of the tongue, shut the mouth until there is a swallow, then a chaser of water dribbled in from the side with a syringe...shut the mouth again till there is a swallow...done!
Sounds awful, but it works...and that is how I take my heartguard, only the chew is chopped into 1/4's because I will not chew them and eat them like I am supposed to...MOL!
Hah! You thought I was only a nice and sweet kitty, MOL! I do have my issues...and Minko will steal my chew if he is not closely well as the dog-guy!
So this is the only help I can suggest.
Get feeling better, Monida!
Purred by: Victoria (Catster Member)

August 28th 2011 at 12:09 pm

Alex is right, Monida. Your Mom doesn't want to put Flagyl (metronidazole) in a pill pocket, at least not if she ever wants you to eat one again! Our Mom buys empty capsules from (they have flavored ones for animals). She gets the No. 3 size, and then she cuts it down by trimming a bit off the end of each half of the capsule. The result, when she puts it together again, is a pill about the size of a baby pea.

She puts a little butter on one end of the pill and "glues" the other end to her fingertip with a little peanut butter. Then she tips back my head until I open my mouth. In goes the pill, as far back as she can get it. Then she kisses me on the nose to make me swallow. And then I get my water chaser. And then I get a treat!
Purred by: Tigger ~ Loved Forever (Catster Member)

August 28th 2011 at 1:07 pm

Hi sweetie,

I take liquid high blood pressure medicine and liquid pepcid. The compounding pharmacy puts each in a bottle that allows a syringe to be inserted into the top and the liquid to be drawn into the syringe. It's very handy. Mom opens my mouth and squirts the liquid at the back of my throat. This has worked well, with little or no liquid getting out of my mouth.

I am so sorry the medicine is bitter and causes you to foam at the mouth! :( Does the vet have the pills you can take? That might be easier.

Purred by: Riley

August 29th 2011 at 6:49 am

Does Metronidazole come in a pill form?
The string should show up on the x-ray.
I'm sorry you had to go through all that agony but I hope they find the problem and it's not a string. I remember when Skippy swallowed a long piece of thread or string and he had to have surgery.
Big PURRRS sent to you to feel better.

Purred by: Rose - beautiful angel (Catster Member)

August 29th 2011 at 9:37 am

Here's a suggestion, not sure it will help or not. When Mom has to administer liquid meds it seems to work better if you try to put the meds in on the side of the mouth towards the back of the mouth.

If your Mom has someone that can help immobilize you that's a plus.
Purred by: (My Angel) Marrakech (Catster Member)

August 30th 2011 at 10:46 pm

We're more than a little bit late with this, but just as effurybody said, that metronidazole is some yucky stuff. Colette and I both have had to take it.

If the bottle you're getting it in is what we think it is, you don't have to put the medicine in anything else It's the soft plastic one, right? The hole in the top of the bottle is wide enough that you should be able to push the tip of the slender syringe in so it fits comfortably with no gaps. Then turn the bottle upside down and pull down on the plunger of the syringe until you've measured out what you need.

You'll also find that if you put the palm of your hand over Monida's forehead and drape your thumb over one side of her head and the rest of your fingers on the other side, you'll have better control so she can't jerk her head. Tilt her head back, the jaw will start to drop open. Then squirt in the medicine.

Yuck! Why am I helping your Mommy? I saw my Mommy coming with the medicine and I used to hide.

Feel better soon.




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