I'm going to be going through the same thing very soon, we're going to Florida for a few days in a few weeks.
I also have a big guy who doesnt pill very well at all. And I refuse to traumitize him (and me!) everyday for the rest of his life. So I've been putting his aspirin and Atenolol into these salmon treats I bought online, which he looks forward to taking everyday. They are kind of flaky so I put it in the middle, run some water over it and sort of mold it around the pill. (also, I use children's chewable aspirin so he doesnt bite into any bitterness, the Atenolol is so tiny I dont think he can taste it) They are called Slammin Salmon and I buy them off waggintails.com if you want to try that. I can't find them in stores.
But when we go away, I dont even think he would take a treat from a stranger and he does need his medicine so that could be a problem. So I think in this case I'm going to have my mom come by and give him the liquid form, just so I know he's getting his meds. He does so well with his treats, but he runs from anyone other than me and my boyfriend, so in this case it will have to be by force. At least its just for a few days, and I think you are right, they are happier being at home in their own environment. Personally, I wouldnt trust a pet sitter in my home, unless I knew them)
Laurie Sekiguchi <bermaguchi@...
I'm new at this (see below), but I'm finding that my best bet is
using the little hyperdermic thingy to squirt a solution into the
cat's mouth and following that immediately with his favorite treat. I
appreciate the helpful advice on the angle at which to squirt. The
solution is supposed to be tuna-flavored, but he absolutely hates it,
and it takes two of us. Still, he's a 16-pound cat who absolutely
refuses to open his mouth for anyone, so it seems easier than
pilling. For the tiny dose of aspirin, I pulverize it and mix it into
his canned food in the morning.
We only discovered the problem a week ago, when Simba (age 7) started
panting. We called off our Thanksgiving travel plans, since he was
touch-and-go for a while. But my parents aren't well, either, so we
can't put off going indefinitely. Have people had good experiences
with pet sitters in terms of administering medicine? What about the
stress factor for the kitty? (I generally assume the cat is happier
at home even if he's alone most of the time, but being administered
medicine by a stranger sounds very stressful.)
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