My DH went to douse our cats with some flee medicen. The older cat was no problem He did it by himselfe but the younger cat is another problem. It takes both of us to do her. First we get her and I hold her feet so she can't run. He than puts on his gloves with his back to her. When he turns around the cat goes belistic. We got most of the medicine on her but I have bandages all over the back of my hand and the cat bit my DH. This happened this morning and she just now is forgiving us for it.
Handie Ann, Sorry that you, your DH AND your cat had such an unpleasant experience; not sure if I can help as I've never administered flea medication - no need here in Idaho but a few words of advice.
First, make sure that this medication is absolutely necessary and then make sure that it is the RIGHT medication. I say that because it sounds as if you bought it yourself via online or over the counter ~ not from a vet who presumably would have either administered it there in the office OR shown you an easier way to do it at home than what you had to go through.
Just for basics in doing any medications, I am a firm believer in the snug wrap and roll towel technique but it must be practiced in advance if you are not experienced. What is it? Have the medication all ready and then in one quick movement, tuck, wrap and deliver....
Your cat will be furious but, if you do it right, it will all be over in less than 30 seconds and all of you will live through it just fine.
IR these meds are bought from the vet and administered at home to your cat or dog, usually applied between the shoulder blades and for some reason most of them h@te it!
Have you asked your vet for the pill's, that might be easier to give with some tuna, thats how I get my cat to take meds. It's so traumatic for them cause it does burn them a little.
Ask your vet to show you a better technique for giving the medicine.
For something topical I suggest one person hold the cat across their chest, one arm under the head, the other under the tail,hands clasped near the cat's waist. The other applies the medicine.
For oral meds you can use Idaho Resident's "purrito" method - wrap the cat in a towel with just the head sticking out. I have better luck holding the cat under my arm like a football and shoving the pill in with my other hand. Push the pill well back, behind the hump in the tongue, to make it harder for the cat to spit out the pill.
I know its counter-intuitive, but a cat will panic less and behave better if he has something solid under his feet. So perch him in your lap, on the sofa, or on a countertop.
We use the flea stuff between the shoulders. 2 of the cats are fine with it, but one REALLY hates it.
we have found that giving her just a couple spoons of canned cat food as we are dosing her makes her stand still for the 6 seconds it takes to massage it in.
Have the tube opened and if possible have the hair parted and ready. put the food down (we do it on top of the washer) and then put the cat down next to the food, let her start to eat, then apply.
good luck too. cat bites are dangerous.
Life is GOOD!!
We found the Capstar (pills) to be far more effective than anything else. IIRC, our cat only needed them once per month. Solved a serious flea problem. They were far less expensive online than from our vet.
We always hid pills in Pill Pockets/Greenies and our cat absolutely loved them! He considered them one of his favorite treats. They come in multiple flavors, too. Only way to go for pill medications, IMHO.This message has been edited. Last edited by: BearCat49,
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