My feed

to access all these features

Join our community of cat lovers on the Mumsnet Cat forum for kitten advice and help with cat behaviour.

The litter tray

that time of the month again

16 replies

deliasmithy · 14/06/2013 10:19

So last night was flea spot on time.
My goodness what a fuss!
If anyone heard the growls squeaks and hisses they would have thought I was throttling them.

Boy kitten: did him first as he was the most naive and approached the treat. Dh held him and he was fine until he felt the stuff hit his skin. Cue extreme wriggling.

Eldest cat: trapped her with my legs gently but firmly. Growling to high heaven and then she bolted under the table.

Middle cat: she did the whole starfish with claws out impersonation. Refused to be held, flailed her legs wildly with claws fully out. Like a wild animal. Several puncture wounds to my leg.

The minute the 'assault' was over they all acted as if nothing had happened and demanded more treats.

OP posts:
cozietoesie · 14/06/2013 11:09

Gawd - what happens if you try to give them a pill?

deliasmithy · 14/06/2013 12:16

Pill - I think thats what started this.
Middle cat needed anti biotics and kept being too clever for the usual pill/salmon subterfuge so had to use pill dispenser. She hated it.

OP posts:
cozietoesie · 14/06/2013 12:47

I didn't even bother to try pills last time Seniorboy needed ABs. Just got the vet to give him a shot of the long lasting stuff. It was more expensive but - as we sadly agreed - my chances of getting a full course of ABs down him in pill form were zilch.

He's OK with his spot ons, though. Not his most favourite thing but he tolerates it.

deliasmithy · 14/06/2013 13:58

I got quite good at doing it in the end with the thing that looks like a syringe. There is a knack and speed is important.
The problem with spot on is you need the scruff free.
I think oven gloves next time.

OP posts:
QueenStromba · 14/06/2013 14:25

I dread my girl ever needing pills - even vets can't get her to open her mouth. I think my only chance would be waiting for her to yawn and throwing it in :)

cozietoesie · 14/06/2013 16:47

Nope. They just know when you have a pill lurking around and either make themselves scarce or keep their mouths closed. Sorry.


Sparklingbrook · 14/06/2013 16:49

Those pill things are fabulous. For some cats its the only way.

Purplemonster · 14/06/2013 16:51

Ah yes giving a tablet to a cat always leaves you

  1. Bleeding and

2. Wondering if they ever needed the stupid tablet anyway as they now seem healthy enough to leap from six foot bookcases and swing from the curtains in order to avoid the medication you just paid a fortune for
Sparklingbrook · 14/06/2013 16:52

And then you find the dried up tablet behind the curtains three days later Purple.

cozietoesie · 14/06/2013 16:55

I'm sure you've all seen the \link{\ giving a cat a pill joke} but here it is again.


Fluffycloudland77 · 14/06/2013 17:10

I've given up with spot ons, program's my next step.

You're right op, anyone passing would think their being murdered.

Sparklingbrook · 14/06/2013 17:12

Our vet doesn't seem to like giving Program. It is a very thick needle and it goes in very slowly. The cynic in me thinks it's because it's better to charge £7 pm for Advocate though.

Fluffycloudland77 · 14/06/2013 17:20

Oh bugger. I'll just shave the back of his neck a bit then. Like a reverse Mohawk.

deliasmithy · 14/06/2013 17:31

Cozie - read the link and yes totally true.

Mine also do this thing of shedding hair on demand as if to weaken your grip.

OP posts:
Northernlurker · 14/06/2013 17:37

Mine does the hair things too. I think she knows dh and I are actually a wee bit allergic to her and so she's trying to kill us. The first time we tried to get a pill down her was hideous. We pay the vet now.

FrogsgoLaDiLaDiLa · 14/06/2013 17:59

I'm in the US and I'm not sure how I'm ever going to come back to the UK!! We had a violent pill refuser (although happily were able to inject him with insulin twice a day!) and when he urgently needed a course of drugs after we moved over here we weren't quite sure how on earth it was ever going to happen.

I called up the pet pharmacy with his prescription and was straight away asked whether we wanted it in pill or liquid form. They then asked what flavour he wanted: fish, chicken, beef or lamb!! On top of this, they hand delivered it to my door that very day....

Drug time was a stress free breeze, a liquid, chicken flavoured breeze Smile

Please create an account

To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account.