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Old 09-24-2015, 12:34 PM   #1
WinnieTheHam
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Default Ebby the cat needs your help!

Hi all! Ebby is my baby cat brother who is Persian x Turkish angora and is 18 years of age.

I need help with methods of giving him his pain killers. We have tried it in Tuna, Ham, His prescription food, Our other cats food, in cooked and raw chicken and in butter but non of them work! it seems he can taste it even when it's in the capsule!

He's been going back and forth to the vets the past couple of months due to drinking a lot of water and having an offensive odour coming from his ears.

In both of his ears he has Polyps blocking the ear canal which causes bacteria to grow, build up and causes an infection. The only way we can get rid of the problem is to pay out 1600 to get surgery on both ears. Unfortunately my mum is unable to pay for that. We also can't use PDSA (charity vet) because we don't meet the criteria (due to my brothers income) which is a real shame. It has lead to him becoming deaf and causing him to show stereotypical behaviours as he meows almost all the time and it's really loud!

He also has Kidney disease which he is on a prescription diet for, but he's not a fan of either the dry or wet food which is frustrating. He just goes to eat the other cat's food (we have six cats so it's extremely difficult to get them into routines)

He has really bad arthritis too which affects his back legs/hips mainly because someone kicked him when he was younger which caused his back leg to become spasm-like (it sticks out really long all the time whilst he is relaxing)

These painkillers are crucial for him to take because it'd ease so much of his pain. It makes me so upset seeing him because I know he is suffering but my mum and brother somehow can't see that he is. I don't know what to do and every time I think about all his problems it brings me to tears because he is my little brother and I can't bare to see him in pain.

Here are a couple of pictures of him -

We call him Orange because his fur is going Orange haha


Here he is with one of our other cats Ominous
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Old 09-24-2015, 12:53 PM   #2
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Default Re: Ebby the cat needs your help!

Hi Winnie, if the medicine really does need to be taken then this is the way I did it with my last cat. They are very crafty about avoiding it in food. I would kneel on the floor and gently get the cat between my legs with back towards me. Use your legs to stop body wriggle and cat escape. Then with the tablet in one hand I would use the other to tilt her head back with thumb and forefinger either side of the mouth. Squeeze gently to force the mouth open. Then with the mouth open and head tilted pop the tablet straight down the back of the throat. Hold the mouth closed but let the head go back to normal and hold until the cat swallows. Release with a stroke and apology! Once you are used to doing it, it is over in seconds.
Hope this gives you an idea. Maybe something similar will work for you..
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Old 09-24-2015, 01:59 PM   #3
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Default Re: Ebby the cat needs your help!

Or locate a cat pill gun which makes it even easier to just shove the pill directly in kitty's mouth.
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Old 09-24-2015, 02:41 PM   #4
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Default Re: Ebby the cat needs your help!

Hi Winnie, I have a 19 year old cat with multiple issues also. I've never been good at pill popping. I am giving my girl liquid metacam. It supposedly tastes good and she doesn't mind the taste. Can you get a liquid? Liquids are generally easier in my experience than pills.
The ear thing sounds awful. Make some calls and see if you can get a better price. Having said that I suspect surgery on a cat that age is quite risky anyway and you may decide against it for that reason.
Bless the old boy!
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Old 09-24-2015, 08:24 PM   #5
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What lovely cats! It does get difficult when they age and need meds. I hope you can do as the others suggest. Once you find a way it will become familiar and will help the poor cat. Have you thought of doing a payment plan so you don't have to pay it all at once?
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Old 09-25-2015, 02:24 AM   #6
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Thank you for the suggestions everyone i'll have a look into it and talk to my mum about it
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