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post #1 of 11
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The mother cat we're fostering has 6 week old weaned kittens. She is absolute HORROR. She is in heat, has giardia (from stress), and is absolutely frustrating. We were supposed to give her pills for it, but that is NOT working out. We tried to give them to her in food - she started to pick around it, or not eat it if we crumbled it up. We tried to force feed. But when we tried to hold her down, she got nervous and had diarrhea ALL OVER MY BED. fyi, she didn't get the pill. For a day one wrapped up in turkey worked, but not anymore. We've stopped giving her the pills. She goes about every 3-4 hours and insists on pooing in every litter box. We have 3 in there, 2 especially for the kittens - they can't wade around in her diarrhea! I sleep on a matress in the living room because I couldn't stand being woken up 3 times a night by her splashing litter all over the carpet. She's going to get spayed and go back to the animal shelter on the 27th, because that's what the shelter thinks is best for her. I love cats but I want to toss this one out a third story window. Is there ANY way to give her pills?
post #2 of 11
If the kittens are weaned and the mother cat has giardia, why are you keeping them together -letting them use the same litter boxes? If you think one cat is tough to give medicine to, imagine treating all of the kittens too...

Separate her from the other cats in your household -preferably not in your bedroom... yuck, always was your hands and any surfaces she's been laying or sitting on. No sharing litter boxes with other cats at all.
To give her the pills try toweling her. Make sure to wrap tightly over the shoulders so she can't get the front paws up. Open mouth, put pill on the back of the tongue -push it back a little further with your finger if it's not back far enough, close mouth and rub her throat in a downwards motion.
Cats hate this, but it's quicker and less stressful in the end. Reward with treats after so she settles down.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Because we HAVE no other room and the vets said nothing about contagiousness. Apparently the 27th was the earliest they could 'shoulder her in' and that it wasn't contagious. The kittens are fine. The other vet won't spay before 6 weeks, despite the fact they turned 6 weeks old on the 22nd. I've tried the method, and that was how she had diarrhea all over the bed. Towelling I doubt would help, she HATES being confined, and it would only stress her our more. I'd love to keep her in the shed but I feel a bit bad about keeping her in a cage in a cold, uninsulated shed without her babies. They were intended that the litter box for mum would be out of reach for the kittens, but she prefers the kittens. We were not planning on having a cat with giardia, and the animal shelter KNEW she had diarrhea because she's had it (not very frequently then) since we got her. So to say the least, I'm pissed.
post #4 of 11
pill pockets???
post #5 of 11
Look up giardia a bit, it's a parasitic protozoa.
Sad that the vet didn't inform you properly, but as with most things -it's often best to do your own research too.

Is your bathroom large enough? It would be a lot easier to clean up one room instead of everywhere she's been -or pooped on.
Another way to get a pill in is to scuff and lift the front feet off the ground, then push the pill in the back of the mouth. But I've had cats try to stop me with their claws...

If her diarrhea is really bad, you may also want to feed her wet food with extra water or clear unflavored pedialyte mixed in till it's a little soupy.
post #6 of 11
She could infect other cats through her litter box, so it is contageous.
Disinfect the surfaces by using a cap of chlorine bleach in the gallon of water.
Could you keep her in a cage with her litter box in there? Or call the shelter and demand they take her back sooner. Tell them it is contageous-I am surprised they didn't tell you, and you don't want her to infect the kittens.
I haven't figured a good way to pill a cat myself.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
I will try the scuffing method.
The issue is, the bathroom is a community center. Nobody (i'm only 14 and I'm sure you can see how parents wouldn't believe me) thinks it's contagious, since the vet says nothing. Well, my mom understands it but she says 'the kittens haven't got it yet.' The animal shelter is closed until Tuesday. No luck there. I am going to give them a mouthful when I get to them. And if I get giardia, oh boy....
post #8 of 11
The scruffing usually works, especially if you've got 2 people doing it. Then give her a treat. Elsa used to like a bit of deli turkey after her pills.

Canned, unflavored pumpkin is good for diarrhea as well.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
We have tried the pumpkin. It worked once.. somewhat... but then she was back to diarrhea.
post #10 of 11
I'm sorry you're having such a hard time. Maybe, you could get another family member to help? One person to hold the cat and you could pill her? As Sharky mentioned Pill Pockets might work. You can get them at Pets Mart or Petco.

Or talk to the vet about a liquid form of the medicine. That might be easier to give her.

I know that this is very frustrating for you but remember the foster cat does not know you, so for her this is very stressful.

Dump all the litter boxes and clean with a bleach solution. I have had to treat whole litters of kittens for Coccidia (another protazoan parasite) and it is not fun. You have my sympathy.

Here's some calming vibes for mom cat. And some hang- in-there vibes for you.
post #11 of 11
Have you tried crushing the pill between two spoons and mixing it in with a little bit of pumpkin in some stinky smelling canned food? You'll have to give the pumpkin more than once for it to help with the diarrhea.
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