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How to Give a Cat a Pill

July 16, 2009

Our family has a scheduled exodus from our basement home at the end of the month. We are beginning a year-long housesit and are very much looking forward to being faux-homeowners. The actual homeowners are away this week and so we are doing a trial housesit so as to identify any questions we might have before they leave the country. These are some of the questions we have come up with so far:

1. Where do you prefer to store your mason jars? I say the lazy susan, J.D. says the pantry. Tell him he’s wrong.

2. How might we prevent the cats from disemboweling James in the middle of the night? We know they want to.

3. What possessions would you prefer that James not break?

One of the cats contracted an infection just before the homeowners left so one of our tasks is to give the cat antibiotics. They said that it was very difficult to do and they left us a bottle of wine to make up for our trouble. They also left us the numbers of acquaintances who said they would be willing to help as well as the veterinarian, should we need to bring the cat in to have the medicine professionally administered. They also left an instructional video on their computer on how to give a cat a pill. This was not reassuring or helpful because even cats professionally trained to receive pills for instructional videos temporarily become the embodiment of spastic rage.

After all this build up, J.D. fell asleep before we’d done the job so I hid the pill in a piece of sausage and threw it on the floor. It was the easiest thing I’ve done all week. I had a fleeting thought that maybe the sausage would destroy his delicate intestines but the next morning J.D. told me that during the night the cat had eaten part of a plastic bag that I had left out. Thus, I am not worried about the sausage anymore.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Eileen permalink
    July 16, 2009 2:08 pm

    If you have any further cat questions, Claire, feel free to ask your father-in-law. He used to routinely put on gloves and long sleeves for our cat’s regular nail clipping. The hissing and growling was pretty intimidating . . .(the cat, not Jim),so he’s familiar with all of that! Sounds like you have the pill thing under control though . . . .? Have fun!

  2. Jaelyn permalink
    July 17, 2009 12:53 pm

    Hi Claire, dont be lulled into a false sense of security – the sausage trick will work exactly once then the cat is onto you. From 13 years of pet stewardship I have come to realize cats can suss out a pill at 40 paces…good luck!

  3. Colleen permalink
    July 19, 2009 12:47 pm

    Do the cat/homeowners read your blog? If so, I think you may want to go back to pseudonyms…

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