|Purred: Mon Jan 6, '14 12:08pm PST |
|It's Stella. My person has had this problem with different cats, and we understand how unsympathetic vets and vet techs are about this. We had a vet tech show us how easy it was to pill Peri. It eventually took three people to get the pill in and they all got scratched. They never offered to help us again, but they insist on prescribing multiple pills. Part of Delyte's health problems were due to his not being able to be pilled. When he was younger she was able to get pills in him in cheese spread, which is yummier and stickier than yogurt so has a better chance of being swallowed. The vet told us the cheese was really bad for him, but what other choice did we have?! We also have had some limited luck with pills hidden in ground beef rolled into balls, and tuna or sardines or anchovies might work. The strong taste covers any flavor the pill might have.
There are also things called pill pushers that hold the pill and you force them down the cat's throat. But if you cannot get the cat's jaws open ... Does anything work if there are two people? Vets also have a restraining device hidden in back for doing procedures on very tough cats, but that would be a horrible way to live.
Don't let the vet bully you!! Sometimes you would like to swat their sanctimonious faces. You are in a very bad place in your life right now. Cats are still wild animals even though they are our pets. If the cat cannot be treated for the health problems, then it has reached the end of its life. I know that Delyte would have lived longer if I had done more intensive medical care on him, including having the radioactive thyroid procedure and giving him a lot more medications. At the end he would not even tolerate the transdermal get meds. He also needed tooth surgery and I did not think he would survive the surgery. He died sooner than he would have, if he had managed to get through all those procedures and pills. But he was a shy and wild kitty and hated being messed with and would not have survived three weeks being boarded alone after the radioactive treatment.
The vet needs to help you with this and understand and not condescend to you. Do you have any vets in your area who will make house calls and who would help with meds? Can any of these meds be given in the form of shots? Delyte got all of his antibiotics as shots because of this.
I know how terrible it is to feel that your failings are killing your cat but that is not true. There is only so much you can do with a cat to force him, especially over a long term. We are all purring for you, including Delyte on the Bridge, who knows exactly what you are talking about.
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