|Purred: Thu Jan 7, '10 1:35pm PST |
That can be so difficult to do at the clinic much less at home to your own cat! When I worked at a shelter and had to occasionally give fluids, I found that the cats liked to hide their faces in the bend of my arm. Now let me figure out if I can describe this to you~
No one likes to have to restrain their own cat, but really you need to be prepared, just in case, to keep Rainbow from hurting herself. OK, so I would be the one holding the cat, with the cat on a covered table/countertop (not a slippery countertop, something covered so they feel secure). I would let the cat ‘hide’ its face in the bend of my arm and at the same time with my other hand, pet them on the back of the neck and talk softly. As soon as person #2 goes to put the needle in (assuming the fluids are being given sub-Q since you are doing it from home) I would gently rub the tip of one of the cats ears between my fingers- sometimes that distracts them just enough that they don’t flip out when the needle goes in. (Sometimes not……)
Now- what if Rainbow decides while you are doing that to try to wiggle and thrash around; remember you are petting her behind her neck and rubbing her ear? If she starts doing that, gently scruff her to correct her. She probably won’t like it and will most likely hold a grudge, but it may be enough to calm her down long enough to get fluids into her, which in the end is the most important thing.
Try to use a new needle each time; a used one gets dull and is harder to get in the skin each time.
Always follow up with her favorite treat/toy so she doesn’t hold that grudge for too long ;-)
Good luck to you and Rainbow!
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