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Old 05-08-07, 04:31 AM   #1
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I'm tired I'm cranky and I'm on poo watch

Our 14 year old cat was diagnosed with a cancer tumour twice the size of his kidney a year ago.
Saturday he started runnning at both ends. We have been watching him since. Now our 5yo cat has developed the same symptoms. We are at our wits end regarding decisions to be made over him, and now this. We have watched all the food recalls. Eek I need to sleep soon. Wife has finally drifted off.
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Our 14 year old cat was diagnosed with a cancer tumour twice the size of his kidney a year ago.
Saturday he started runnning at both ends. We have been watching him since. Now our 5yo cat has developed the same symptoms. We are at our wits end regarding decisions to be made over him, and now this. We have watched all the food recalls. Eek I need to sleep soon. Wife has finally drifted off.
Take the cat to the vet and let the vet put him to sleep. Why prolong the cat's suffering?
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Best thing for him, and you. I feel for you, this hurts.
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I'm sorry to hear that. It's never easy to watch a loved one suffer, whether it's a human or a pet. Pets can be just like members of the family. I would also recommend seeking the vet's advice.
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Old 05-10-07, 12:29 AM   #5
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Thanks. We got into the vets. They both have bacterial infections. What did they eat? Antibiotics all around. God I love giving cats pills about as much as they like me giving them. Anyway, alive to see another day. Credit cards do come in handy.
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My sister's cat once needed pills. I was the only one who could administer them.

Get the cat in front of you, as you go down on your knees. With the cat facing forward, you can grab him/her from the back of the head, along the jawline. The cat will naturally back away from this, but, 'lo, your thigh and torso are there to keep this from happening. With your free hand, pop the pill in and push it to the back of the throat with a finger, using the other hand to press on the jaw hinges to open the mouth. Then, allow the jaws to close, and start strokin' the throat gently, all the while talkin' softly to the cat. The cat will instinctively swallow. Then, just release, and cat will find a corner in which to sulk. Likely for the rest of the day.

BTW, this cat never ended up being afraid of me for this. <shrugs>
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My sister's cat once needed pills. I was the only one who could administer them.

Get the cat in front of you, as you go down on your knees. With the cat facing forward, you can grab him/her from the back of the head, along the jawline. The cat will naturally back away from this, but, 'lo, your thigh and torso are there to keep this from happening. With your free hand, pop the pill in and push it to the back of the throat with a finger, using the other hand to press on the jaw hinges to open the mouth. Then, allow the jaws to close, and start strokin' the throat gently, all the while talkin' softly to the cat. The cat will instinctively swallow. Then, just release, and cat will find a corner in which to sulk. Likely for the rest of the day.

BTW, this cat never ended up being afraid of me for this. <shrugs>


Thanks. my technique is similar. I place the cat backing into my crotch while kneeling on a slippery surface.
I wrench the jaw open using my left hand pressing the lips into the teeth while lifting the head. I drop the pill in using my right thumb and forefinger. I tamp it past the gagging point using my right pinky. I stroke the throat while uttering, 'swallow it you little *****.'
When all is over, I search out the disinfectant and bandages.

Yes I have bedside manner down pat.
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Our 14 year old cat was diagnosed with a cancer tumour twice the size of his kidney a year ago.
I am so sorry to hear ~ remember that my Magic cat was around for about 4 years after a smaller tumor was diagnosed; she'll let you know when its time ~ hang in there.

Also great technique, VV!
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I know most do not care, but this sub-forum is about venting......right?
There has been great improvement in 24 hours of antibiotics and anti nausiants. Both ate well this evening and are becoming used to the routine where 'daddy' stuffs his pinky down their throat.

I think we dodged this one.

Stevesurf. Your Magic cat lasted 4 years after a cancer diagnosis? Wow. My Basticat (His papers from the rescue society said Sebastian) is now 14 so four years would be unbeleivable. Thank you all for support.
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...........'daddy' stuffs his pinky down their throat.

I'm outta here!
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Ahh yes. Leave it to Siu to leap to that conclusion. I hope you did not sprain yourself leaping that far.
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