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Re: how to pill a cat was how to bathe a cat was: catcollars was now cat door

Better yet - get liquid meds and mix w/ Fancy Feast.
That's the only way I can do it.  

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Wed, 7 Jan 2004 04:05:22 -0500

>> From: Melody <mhobertm@excite.com>
>> Marge: Ugh! If there is one thing I really hate doing with my cats,
>> trying to get meds. into them...send away, dear! Might give me
>> to laugh about next time I have to do this!
>OoooKay, Melody....here it is:
>by Peggy Althoff
>1.      Grasp cat firmly in your arms. Cradle its head on your elbow,
>just as if you were giving baby a bottle. Coo confidently, "That's a
>nice kitty." Drop pill into its mouth.
>2.      Retrieve cat from top of lamp and pill from under sofa.
>3.     Follow same procedure as in 1, but hold cat's front paws down
>with left hand and back paws down with elbow of right arm. Poke pill
>into its mouth with right forefinger.
>4.      Retrieve cat from under bed. Get new pill from bottle.
>(Resist impulse to get new cat.)
>5.      Again proceed as in 1, except when you have cat firmly
>cradled in bottle-feeding position, sit down on edge of chair, fold
>your torso over cat, bring your right hand over your left elbow, open
>cat's mouth by lifting the upper jaw and pop the pill in - quickly.
>Since your head is down by your knees, you won't be able to see what
>you're doing. That's just as well.
>6.      Leave cat hanging on drapes. Leave pill in your hair.
>7.      If you're a woman, have a good cry. If you're a man, have a
>good cry.
>8.      Now pull yourself together. Who's the boss here anyway?
>Retrieve cat and pill. Assuming position 1, say sternly, "Who's the
>boss here, anyway?" Open cat's mouth, take pill and...Oooops!
>9.      This isn't working, is it? Collapse and think. Aha! Those
>flashing claws are causing the chaos.
>10.     Crawl to linen closet. Drag back large beach towel. Spread
>towel on floor.
>11.     Retrieve cat from kitchen counter and pill from potted plant.
>12.     Spread cat on towel near one end with its head over long
>13.     Flatten cat's front and back legs over its stomach.  (Resist
>impulse to flatten cat.)
>14.     Roll cat in towel. Work fast; time and tabbies wait for no
>man-or woman.
>15.     Resume position 1. Rotate your left hand to cat's head. Press
>its mouth at the jaw hinges like opening the petals of a snapdragon.
>16.     Drop pill into cat's mouth and poke gently. Voila! It's done.
>17.     Vacuum up loose fur (cat's). Apply bandages to wounds
>18.     Take two aspirins and lie down.
>19.     Forget aspirin, drink glass of wine and lie down.
>Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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