It's always been a nightmare feeding any pill or liquid medicine to my brood of 7, so I braced myself for the task. What more when Ginger is a community cat and not even my pet.
So I armed myself with a toweling floor mat (it's thicker than a towel), a can of wetfood (Natural Balance Ultra Premium), cut open the foil containing the dratted pill (thank goodness it's quite small), drank a glass of water and took a deep breath. Tetanus jab - check, still up to date.
Ok, it's do or die...just do it.
So I opened the cage door, put the harness and leash on Ginger and took him out.
I then massaged him a bit, played with him, and without any warning, I lifted his chin, opened his jaw, and in went the pill. Closed his mouth real quick and before I knew it, his tongue came out (which means he has swallowed it...applies in general to most cats except my titans).
I must be dreaming.....so I quickly pinched myself.
No, it was real. Ginger had swallowed the pill without any fuss and with no casualty (meaning me)!
So NOW I know why most people don't understand when I say it's so difficult to pill my own cats. It is actually SO easy-peasy to pill a cat?
I quickly plonked a ball of wetfood into his mouth as dry-pilling is not advisable.
And then we sat, Ginger and me, after our pilling session, basking in our glory.
I cleaned Ginger's new wound, applied some iodine on it, and put him back into the cage.
We gave him a brand new mat too since he's going to be caged up for another 7 days now.
Rosie already has her very own private mat.
Hey, that's mine!
No! You're not taking my mat away!!
Ginger too was so happy with his new mat. He started grooming himself on it.
Meanwhile, Rosie went into her sentry post.
She's very much at home now.
And here she is, helping to supervise the mixing of the food.
And a reward for all her hard work. Brother Ginger gets a share too!
For the benefit of new readers and those in need of a good laugh: http://myanimalcare.org/2011/07/06/how-to-give-a-cat-a-pill-simply-hilarious/