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butterflyballs Sun 24-May-15 15:47:28

Killercat has been fighting. On Thursday night he came in with a huge swelling on his back. Took him to the vet on Friday who opened the wound and released most of the gunk. He gave him a painkiller injection and an antibiotic injection. Then gave us a five day course of tablets for him, 1 and 1/2 tablets twice a day.

We managed both doses yesterday but it was a battle, he screeched, spat the fucking tablets out several times and managed to free up one paw from the towel and swipe both me and dp.

Today he has sat on the shed roof all day refusing to come down. We eventually managed to tempt him in the house by using dd and ham. He's not worried about dd. Then we tried to clean his wound, which is still full of gunk but couldn't get it to open up and then gave him his tablets. There is much blood (mine), shouting and screeching but finally got him to swallow them.

I'm not sure we can do this again today. The cat hates us. He won't come in. I'm starting to hate dp who shouted at me for not holding the cat properly and then for not putting my fingers in the cats mouth to push the tablets in.

Cat is 14 and needs to stop fighting. Both other cats and us. Wibu to stop with the tablets and take him back to the vets on Tuesday for another injection?

SonceyD0g Sun 24-May-15 16:10:04

Yes I'd give up trying to give him the tablets. You are just going to make him more stressed. Could you keep him inside for a few days too? Difficult I know when they are used to going out. I'm sure he doesn't hate you

RubbishMantra Sun 24-May-15 16:24:35

Have you tried wrapping the pill in ham?

He doesn't hate you. Just feels vulnerable because he's in pain and feels poorly.

And agree with taking him back to vet for an AB jab and keeping him in til he's healed.

RubbishMantra Sun 24-May-15 16:28:55

And your blamey Dp sounds a bit of an arse. You were supposed to hold a pissed off cat and administer the tabs?

QueenOfTheSlipstream Sun 24-May-15 16:29:52

Squash the tablets in Webbox, mine will take anything in that stuff and it's a good consistency for the job. Mine has a similar injury at the moment that he keep reopening, so you have my sympathies flowers.

butterflyballs Sun 24-May-15 18:24:07

We took it in turns to hold the brute cat and to try ramming tablets in between his razor sharp teeth. I think the stress levels of us all are sky high and my poor arm is lacerated.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 24-May-15 18:24:36

can he have liquid ab? you could put it in his food.

Why do you have to open the wound up?.

butterflyballs Sun 24-May-15 19:37:24

I'll ask about liquid stuff. I've tried wrapping it in ham and mackerel. He isn't daft, manages to sick just the tablet back up.

There is still a large swelling on his back despite a lot of the gunk being removed (and there was a lot - truly disgusting to witness) and vet has said to try and keep it open to let the rest out. Problem is the cat is now wise to this and has barely been in the house since we got back from the vet, sits on the shed roof out of reach, licking his wound and glaring at us suspiciously when we talk to him.

His only vet visits are for treating wounds got from fighting. He has had one on his head, one on his tail and one on his shoulder in the last 18 months but this is the worst and he's not eating much. I hate pinning him down and he won't go near anyone except dd now. Dd is 9 so he's not scared of her!

So back to the vet on Tuesday I think. I'd keep him in if I could get him in.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 24-May-15 19:45:42

I'm a hcp and I wouldn't try and open a wound. The antibiotics would deal with it if he'd take them but that's the nub of the problem.

Can they be crushed? the liquid is £25.

McSnuff Sun 24-May-15 20:13:29

I've crushed antibiotics for our mogs before - pestle and mortar works fine, down to small particles, then sprinkle on top of food. If your cat is a bit funny about his grub, sprinkle all the crushed pill on top of a small portion of dinner to make sure he gets it in him, then give him the rest.

I'd asked the vet if the pill could be crushed first - they could tell you that over the phone.

My sympathy on the wound situation, that sounds truly grim. I get DH to get the mog in a headlock and then I deal with the wound. It's a lot easier if there's not a pill involved. Good Luck!

butterflyballs Sun 24-May-15 21:01:26

Thanks for the advice 're the wound. I'm hoping vet can help on Tuesday. I will find ways down and sprinkle on some tuna. He loves tuna.

Cantbelievethisishappening Sun 24-May-15 21:34:49

My cat is on long term medication and I crush the tabs up between two small spoons then mix it into a smallish, really strong smelling wet food.

CaTsMaMmA Sun 24-May-15 21:44:20

one of mine was as fierce as hell about tablets, the only way was to wait until he was asleep and tickle his head and ears, then close your grip around the back/top of his head with finger/thumb on jaw pivot point, flex cat's head up, with other hand open jaw and hurl pill down throat

with Kitten we had a 3-4 second space as he woke, we got very good at it! It also meant timings of pills could be random but at least he got them.

and then by acting completely normally they really are not sure quite what has gone on...pretty shameful to gaslight a cat, but if they'd take their pills it'd not be necessary.

butterflyballs Sun 24-May-15 22:11:15

Omg!! Thanks so much for all your suggestions.

I crushed the pills down to a powder, mixed them in with tuna and he's a ten the lot!! So now we don't have to play cat wrestling twice a day which is great news but cat will love us again as he will be getting tuna twice a day for the next three days!

Why I didn't think of crushing them and mixing in with food I have no idea but I am eternally grateful to have this suggested to me, our house is calm, there is no blood splattered all over the kitchen and both cats think it's Xmas grin

BettyCatKitten Sun 24-May-15 22:30:09

grin

RubbishMantra Mon 25-May-15 13:26:16

Gaslighting a cat grin Mine does that to me all the time, so I'd have no shame going it to him! Sits on my lap, purring. Bites my hand, hard enough to draw blood. Then stays on my lap purring, pretending it never happened. hmm

butterflyballs Mon 25-May-15 17:00:59

They can be so evil and then they give you the dribbly face look and you fall for it again. grin

We've been out all day, he wasn't about this morning so gave them to him just now in his tuna. All done again. Still kicking myself for not thinking of this earlier.

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