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    Medicating Mimi. Need ideas

    Mimi is on liquid Amoxicillan for about a week. Two times/day. Any good ideas on getting this liquid into her? She about tore me up this morning, and I was just holding her. Scott did the squirting, more of which ended up on us than in her mouth!!!

    By the way, she's fine, just had a little cough that concerned me. Her lungs and heart sounded good, but he thinks her throat might be a little irritated due to the change in seasons. Allergies, I guess, just like the rest of us!!!

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    Whenever I have to give any of mine meds I wrap them up in a towel so no legs or paws are loose and have my husband hold them while I put it down the throat.

    Best of luck to you!

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    We do the towel wrap thing also. It really works.
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    As much as I hate to do it...I scruff the ones who won't cooperate. My vet asked one time how I gave them medicine and I explained the towel and the fights we had. He told me that all I did was traumatize the cat by making it such a big event. He said scruff their neck, twist their head slightly sideways, then pop in the medicine. It's not as simple as it sounds and it a takes some practice but I do find that it was better for me in the end. It is over in seconds with most cats. I still have a couple that require the U.S. Army to get a pill down them!
    So my advice is to try different methods and the one that is the fastest and easiest for you and your cat is the way to go. GOOD LUCK!!!



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    I use a pill gun for pills.

    If I had to give liquids, I probually use a big syringe (minus the needle)

    Good Luck

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    I have to change my methods depending on the cat. I usually scruff them and lean my arm back firmly on their body so they don't try to run away. I've unfortunately had too much practice between 3 shelters, my fosters, and my own cats.
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    Thanks everyone. I don't think poor Mimi has ever been "scruffed", but we'll try that method tonight and see if we have any luck. Second choice will be the towel, and maybe even a combination of the two. It was her climbing over my shoulder and down my back afterward that was so painful!!!!

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    Re: Medicating Mimi. Need ideas

    Originally posted by Logan

    Mimi is on liquid Amoxicillan for about a week.
    Two times/day.
    Any good ideas on getting this liquid into her?

    She about tore me up this morning...
    Wunst upon a Tyme...
    When Boots was having his "plummin problems" and
    was NOT drinking enough water (Voluntaily )...

    Doc Mike told me to Squirt him his daily rations (a LOT)
    of water with either an Eye Dropper OR a Syringe
    (with the Sharp Needle unscrewed and discarded).

    We used both "tools" - but I favored the small Syringe -
    a bit easier to "load",
    and a bit faster to "shoot or UNload" into his mouth...

    After a few "Merrie Chases" around the house or shop -
    he started to get with the program and stopped "resisting" -
    because I made it a point to ALWAYS "win" -
    even though we both *wore* a load or two of water
    before we got the hang of things...

    I DID "try" the wrap in a towel method...
    Very Stressful on both of us.

    What "works" with Boots, for both Liguid AND Pill administration ~
    Is to have him "sitting" on the bathroom vanity;
    Gently (but FIRMLY) hold his head
    (palm over his head - sort of over his ears);
    Thumb and Forefinger on each side -
    in the back corners of his jaw;
    SQUEEZE to encourage him to OPEN his mouth;
    then place the Dropper or Syninge over the tongue
    (actually part way down his throat);
    and *SQUIRT*!!

    He does a lil GAaaaaaak! and a head shake...
    but it's really over before he knows it.

    It helps if da Kat is "sitting" with his back to the wall -
    prevents rapid escapes.

    As a suggestion -
    rather than possibly *waste* valuable medicine...
    Do some practice runs using just Plain Water -
    No Harm, No Foul if you have a few miss-fires -
    and no one has to wear any medicine!

    GOOD LUCK - and Happie *Shooting*!

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    Scruffing is the best and most effective way to administer to the unwilling. They can even learn to not need it after a while.
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    I totally agree with Jen. Sammy had a bad ear infection one time and he fought tooth and nail against the pill gun. We started scruffing him and within three days he started coming when called, sat still and opened his mouth for the pill shooter. He hasn't been a problem since! It was all kind of wierd but I guess he knew he wasn't going to win so he made it easy on all of us!



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    If it is a liquid what I did when Cubby was on liquid medication. I mixed it in with some kitten milk. Of course I call the vet first to make sure it was ok. I always gave him a little extra so he would get the full amout. That worked best for all of us. I couldn't hold him down at all. As small as cats are you would think we would be able to hold them down but I have been very unsuccessful in that. If it's a pill I always wrap my arm around him and grab his face and open his mouth at the same time and pop the pill in as far as I can. Then if he spits it up I re do it all over again until I get it down him.

    Katie

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    I hope that helps. Good luck I think you might need it.

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    I think we might need that "good luck" too. For a six pound cat, at almost 15 years old, she's mighty feisty!!!! My back looks like I have been in a fight!!!!

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    I've had good luck using the scruffing technique. Moby is a BIG cat, and I was able to get meds into her. Also, if they're upright like that there is less chance the liquid will go down the wrong pipe.

    Good luck! Mimi, be good, please.
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    I am lucky , as The Found Cats actually like Anoxlin, except Rocca , who is still nervous! The Syringe and Towels are Great Ideas!
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    Hay everyone, I was about to post the same question since I had alread tried the "scruff" one but now I see I didn't do it right! So, thanks from me too!

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