Felix survived another Blood Clot, now how do I get him to take the life saving tablets?
Our beautiful long haired Black & White Cat Felix had a blood clot in January 2015 and lost use of his rear legs, after two months of rehabilitation he was back to his normal self, if a little cautious.
We went out early and rode our horses, he was sitting in the drive when we left and was sitting at the top of drive, looking a bit disheveled, when we got back and parked up.
We checked him over and realised he had the same issue again, some 4 months after the first episode, bless him he could not use his rear legs at all and had dragged himself 50 feet up the gravel drive way using his front paws, collecting dirt and leaves in his fur as he went.
He was in a lot of pain and panting hard, I lifted him carefully indoors but that still caused him pain and he howled at me and tried to bite me to stop.
We rushed him to the Windmill Vets (Winslow) some 15 minutes away and they confirmed that it was the same issue, we had caught it early so we hoped that they might be able to help him and speed his recovery.
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After treatment and returning home we now have a large number of drugs to help him recover fully and survive his heart condition.
The issue we have each day is he can smell the tablets and knows the routine. so we have started to be smart about it and vary the way we give him the tablets.
The solutions we are using are the kinder ones, many people had said put him in a towel so he cannot scratch you and force feed him, that is a little hard for us to taken onboard as his legs are weak and so is his heart and we do not want to hurt or stress him out, that is the final straw force feeding him.
So we vary the method as follows, depending on his mood each day, as some days he will take them without issue others not so 🙂
Methods to feed your cat drugs:
1. We always crush the drugs into a power form, they can then be placed into the “Food”, we are currently feeding the drugs first thing in the morning and second lot each evening.
2. We have the following “Foods” in our arsenal !
A sub note is that the Vet informs us that cats do not suffer with issues from fatty foods like we might, so if a human has a heart condition fatty foods like Pate are a No No, but it’s fine for a cat. 🙂 Phew, we have been warned not to give him snack that are too salty though and its a catch 22 as some of these are a bit salty.
2.1 – Tuna, he especially likes the juice and it mixes well with the drugs
2.2 – Ham, he loves ham, the main issue here is the drugs do not stick well to the ham, so we use 2.3 too and coat it on the ham
2.3 – Fish paste – as used in sandwiches, great for mixing the drugs into and using to stick to other “Foods” or as it is, the other advantage is you can coat the end of his nose with the paste and he licks it off 🙂
2.4 – Pate – Like the paste it’s great for mixing and applying to other foods, on own or on the nose so he licks it
2.5 – Creamy Yoghurt – The drugs can be mixed in well and when in the mood for it licks it up from plate, other wish you can smear on nose and he licks it off
2.6 – In his Cat food – this works less often as he seems to smell the drugs and leaves the food – so not ideal unless really hungry
2.7 – I have also found that if I lift his head gently I can gently slip food into his mouth and get him to swallow, works best with pate and paste but he does get annoyed eventually and start to scratch you 🙂
2.8 – I am yet to try this, however I read that you can use a pill pocket. Pill pockets are tasty treats that have a cavity in them for you to pop the pill inside (much like jam in a donut). The ultra-tasty outer pocket disguises the taste of the tablet and the cat happily swallows it down. Pill pockets are available in a variety of flavours from your veterinarian or local pet store.
I found these and I’m going to try them out:
If any one has any ideas they can share to make life easier please let me know.
If you can restrain your cat then the following method should work for you:
Restraining Your Cat
Get a large towel or sheet. There are different ways of holding the cat, depending on whether you are working single-handed or have help available. Most ways work best, however, when you have a large towel or sheet in which to wrap the cat, or for the cat to sit on.
Ask a friend to help you. Enlist the help of a friend to steady your cat. It can be much easier to wrangle a cat when you have an extra set of hands to help you.
Place a towel on a table or countertop. Spread out a towel or sheet on top of a table or countertop. Working at a table is a comfortable height and will make your job of administering a pill easier. The cat will rest on the towel in part to be comfortable and in part so he doesn’t slip around on the table.
Place the cat on the table or countertop. Gently pick up your cat and set him down on the table. Have your helper grasp the cat’s shoulders, with the cat’s head pointing towards you.
Wrap your cat in a towel. If your cat is likely to scratch, it’s best to wrap the cat in a towel. Spread out a large towel or sheet and place your cat on top of it. Wrap the towel around the cat so that the cat is inside the towel and his paws are snugly wrapped against his body. Make sure his head is sticking out. This is often described as the burrito wrap, and it keeps paws and claws safely out of scratching range.
- This is often described as the burrito wrap, and it also resembles a swaddled baby. The cat’s limbs are held against his body, with paws and claws safely out of scratching range.
Place the towel-wrapped cat on a table. If you have assistance, place the towel-wrapped cat on the tabletop. Ask your helper hold the cat steady while you prepare to open the cat’s mouth and deposit the pill.
Kneel to restrain your cat. If you are working alone, wrap your cat in a towel. Kneel on the floor. Place the cat between your thighs with the cat’s head facing towards your knees.
- Make sure both hands are free and able to administer the pill.
Luckily I work from home as I run an online business that trains business owners in social media marketing and digital skills, so I can take the time required to give Felix a pleasant as possible life and as I’m not rushing off to the office and commute I can take as long as it needs to help him.
Thanks for reading