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Cut for being YABCU.

After a couple of false starts earlier in the week, I finally was able to get Matt into my arms and shoved head-first into a crate before he was aware of what was happening, so I didn't lose any blood. Yay!

At the vet, I made sure they understood his age, that he's been about half-feral for most of his life, and that I don't know whether he'll try to kill them or not.

They were amazed at the great condition his teeth are in. They said usually with cats Matt's age, the teeth are in much worse condition. They also told me he weighs 10 pounds. I thought he was heavier than that. He's a very solid 10 pounds.

But poor Matt. He has a skin infection that has been causing him to itch. Because of his age (16 going on 17, we estimate), they were reluctant to be too aggressive in his treatment. So he got a shot of antibiotic, a shot of steroids, and a shot of benadryl to keep the itching down immediately. (And to make him a little drowsy, so he won't continue to claw.)

They also clipped his claws and took samples of blood and urine for analysis, to see if he has diabetes, kidney disease, or any of a number of other maladies that affect geriatricats.

And gave me a vial of pills to give him for the infection.

I knew those heavy-duty work gloves I bought would pay off at some point.

I'm hoping that he'll eat the pills if I insert them into a little piece of cheese. Matt is nuts about cheese and will take off the end of my finger if I'm not careful when I offer him a taste. But if not...well, I've used a pill-plunger before on both Taz and Gremlin, so I guess I'm an "expert."

She also gave me a tube of that nasty fish-oil stuff that cats are supposed to just love.1

I had forgotten how expensive having geriatricats could be until this morning. Whee! And right before Christmas, too. :) I guess I won't be getting that Lamborghini, after all.2

But Matt needs to feel better and be able to relax and sleep like cats are supposed to do instead of chewing and biting and kicking and scratching all the time.

And the vet advised me to change his bedding and to try to keep track of how much water he drinks. While I'm at it, I'll count the grains of sand on the beach and number all the stars in the sky.

Lucy seems fine for now. She'll get to visit the vet in January when it's time to renew their shots. If they loved Matt (and they thought he was pretty and docile and sweet), they'll adore Lucy. Well, after I teach them her "melt into cat-goo" trigger. :)
  1. Neither of my first two mutant cats would come within 3 feet of that stuff. "Cats love this stuff!" the vet said at the time. Yeah, right. Mm-hmm.
  2. This is an example of sarcasm. I have no desire for a Lamborghini.


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Dec. 17th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
I used Pill Pockets by Greenies
We had great success with the chicken flavor ones. I never got to try out the salmon, but if he's more of a salmon guy, go with salmon.

You know, I'm about to go through what you're going through -- Max, after growing back much of his fur and making great strides -- has gone back to ripping at his tail again. So, either a flea got into the house adn got him and this'll pass, or he's got something else going on. I now add a tiny bit of tumeric (like 1/8 of a tsp at most) to each of the wet food dishes every day...it's supposed to help with arthritis and inflammation. Seems to be doing okay for the dog...she's been perkier since we started it. With cats, though, especially old ones, I'd be really cautious even with tumeric. I'll let you know how it goes with Max.
Dec. 17th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
Re: I used Pill Pockets by Greenies
They tried a pill pocket and Matt took it but spit it out. Now, that could be because he hated it or because he was freaked out. Either way, if the cheese doesn't work, I'll try the pill pockets before I fall back on the pill-popper.
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Dec. 17th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
Re: I used Pill Pockets by Greenies
They are little treats for cats or dogs with a small pocket in them made for a pill. You stick the pill in there, mush the treat around it, and give it to said pet.

Here's an example.
Dec. 18th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
Re: I used Pill Pockets by Greenies
When I had to feed my cat heart pills, I used anti-hairball treats as a carrier for the pill since they're nice and squashy. Besides being cheaper than Pill Pockets, they kept her innards nicely defurred.
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