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Little ways Ghod prepares you...

I keep telling myself it's good practice for having a child.
Fuzzbucket is not a happy camper.
He has a 2" long line of stitches in his cheek. It has a drain tube. He is wearing a plastic collar that keeps him from scratching at the incision. He has to get meds twice a day. He hates the collar. He keeps trying to back out of it to no avail. He knocks into things with it, too.
When he is panicked he pees on himself.
So, I have to grab a wet, stinky, unhappy cat and stick a capsule down his throat and then squirt liquid under his toung with a syringe.
From now on we do this with four hands instead of two.
Like I said, good practice.



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Sep. 11th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
Speaking as someone who has had to learn more feline triage and first aid than I ever really wanted to know (in a perfect world), I can tell you it's all useful experience. I sometimes even find myself drawing on that with the kids I nanny; even with adults, it makes you stronger.

My personal phylosophy is that there is ultimately very little difference between a pet and a child, or an enfeebled elder or adult: if a life is in your care, you care for that life, in whatever ways you are able.

Some people never learn that, and those are the ones who should never, IMHO, be allowed the responsibility for another living thing, of whatever species.

Fuzzbucket isn't a "practice child"; he's a real child of another species from your own. ;]
Sep. 11th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
Best wishes to your kitty.
Sep. 11th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
*hugs* to you both, and to Fuzzbucket. Dealing w/a sick kitty who's very unhappy is difficult, but possible. And, 4 hands is definately better than 2!
Sep. 11th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
My eldest had to have stitches once ... but he didnt have to wear a plastic collar after ... and he didn't pee on himself

You have it harder then kids at the moment ... so yeah ... good practice ... poor beast though
Sep. 11th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you can put a diaper on a kid. I suppose I could diaper Fuzz, but I don't want to add to his discomfort.

Sep. 11th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
If he's that bad about getting meds in, ask your vet about alternative routes of administration (I can get a fair number of meds compounded in nice-for-cats flavors, or as transdermal gels). Some of the meds are available as injectable, if all else fails (although most of the injectable antibiotics sting a fair bit).

And if they can't help you with that, give me a call or drop me a note, and I can see what we can work out :-)
Sep. 11th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
And if they didn't get some pain meds for him, call them on it - abcesses HURT! I tend to use either fentanyl transdermal (Duragesic) or buprenorphine (Buprenex) for cats. Feel free to give 'em my phone number (see mineralwellsvet.com for the office contact info) if they want more info, doses, etc - have them tell my staff that they are calling for you :-)
Sep. 11th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
The squirt under the tongue thing is for pain.. The capsule is Keflex.
I think we'll be OK if Roper helps me with him.
But thanks. It helps to know somebody that really knows things.

Sep. 12th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
Buprenorphine (Buprenex), then.

If he's a real pain, the Duragesic patch lasts for 3 to 4 days, without haveing to give him something else by mouth (it takes about 8 to 12 hours for it to kick in - about the same amount of time the buprenorphine lasts)
Sep. 11th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
Hey, you want some practice?

I've got Matt and Nick (2.5 and 5.5 years old) fulltime until Sept. 20th, when Tom returns from China.

You are more than welcome to come down and keep these two little urchins busy while I attempt to keep up with laundry, housework, sleep, and work . .. *laugh.*

Which reminds me, is anyone throwing a babyshower for you and Bill, so we can send gifts, giftcards, etc.?


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Sep. 12th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
Sounds like a good plan to me (providing the little one doesn't show up early, and distract Mom and Dad from the con!)
Sep. 11th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)
Babies are WY easier than cats. I've done both and cats are much more difficult to deal with. Fuzzbucket sounds like he's not having fun. Just as a side bar, we've been giving Ginger (our cranky foot sore Calico) her pills in little soft pockets of cat treat. The vet sells them and it is SO much easier to dose her than the usuall way.
Sep. 12th, 2006 06:22 am (UTC)
Look in your local PetCo (or similar, well connected, pet store) for a product called PetPockets. They're soft thimble-shaped, pill-sized kitty-snacks. Take 3 of them, put the pill in #2, and seal it carefully. (Their web page has better instructions than what's on the package...)

Feed FB the first to get him interested. Feed him the 2nd one (with the pill). And follow-up quickly with number three to get him to swallow #2 without chewing it long enough to realize there's something odd about it.

From recent experience, if Fuzzbucket likes them, these can make life much easier...

Good luck.

PS: The pockets sometimes get somewhat mashed in transit. Open the package before you leave the store and ask for a swap if they look more like crushed-kitty-treats than like soft little thimbles.
Sep. 12th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
Your cats chew treats ...?!?!? 8,
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