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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
I had my 3 year old cat Chachi spayed on Monday July 31. She came home yesterday. She was prescribed an antibiotic to be given every 12 hours. I gave it to her yesterday at around 8 p.m. since the doctor had given it to her early in the morning. I am having trouble making her take it. I try to open her mouth but she refuses. Any suggestions on how to give it?
Also she has been hiding today so I haven't even been able to give her this morning's dosage. Is there a risk if she doesn't take it as prescribed?
I'd appreciate any help.
Thank you.
Angie
post #2 of 27
Well, there is a risk - the same as with humans.

Can you get someone to help you hold the cat while you give her her meds? It's very hard to do on your own.
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
I will try to get someone to help. I just hope that she shows up soon!
Thank you.
Angie
post #4 of 27
If it's in pill form you could try getting some pill pockets. We got those from the pet store and Bijou and Mika ate all their drontil pills like good little kitties. They are like a soft cat treat with a hole in the middle that you wrap around the pill. Worked like a charm in our house.
post #5 of 27
Thread Starter 
the antibiotics are liquid. It has to be dropper full twice a day.
Thanks.
Angie
post #6 of 27
Is this a pill or a liquid??? As for a pill with my cat (She is on meds for hyperthyroidisim) I dissolve the pill in a little water and use a eyedropper...with 2 people one holds her in there lap and holds her scruff, they i have to use the dropper to get her mouth open and once she does i suirt it in. I have to do basically the same with her Phenobarbatol except that is already a liquid and i use a syringe. If i am alone i sometimes wrap her in a towel so she cant ger her paws out and fight me.
It's not easy. Also i know she likes to hide in my room so sometimes i make sure my door is closed so she cannot dissapppear.
post #7 of 27
Thread Starter 
I appreciate your help!
I am just nervous and I hope that everything turns out all right.
My first cat Tabby, who has passed on and missed very much, was spayed almost 20 years ago and at that time I don't think that she was given antibiotics.
Thanks for the towel idea!!
Angie
post #8 of 27
Here's what works best for me.

OK. Put the cat on the floor (or a table) and back the cat up against you. I'm right handed so I cup her jaw with my left hand and using the other hand place the dropper between the cheek and the teeth and slowly administer the meds. If she isn't that patient give it in one shot, otherwise give her little boluses of the meds.

Don't forget to give her treats and plenty of love after each dose!!
post #9 of 27
Thread Starter 
What about if I add the dosage to some milk? Would that decrease the strengh of the med?
Thanks again.
Angie
post #10 of 27
Did the vet mention anything about giveing the mdeciation with or without food? You can always call and ask but most medication is okay to be take with food or a drink. If you can mix it with something that they'll drink then I'm sure that's fine. I find petromalt a good mixer for liquids with my animals. It's a hairball remedy but all my animals love the taste. Since it's a paste, I just mix a little in with the meds and they lick it right up. It has a stong taste and odor so it hides the medications well.
post #11 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thank you. I will give that a try.
post #12 of 27
What works for me with one of my cats is mixing the liquid medicine with Gerber Baby Lamb Meat. I buy the Gerber No. 2, which doesn't add any other ingredients to the lamb meat. Good luck! I also have to administer meds by myself and it is not an easy task.
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by angier106
What about if I add the dosage to some milk? Would that decrease the strengh of the med?
Thanks again.
Angie
Just be careful because if she won't drink the millk laced with antibiotic, then you'll have a lot more liquid to get down her throat
post #14 of 27
Thread Starter 
the problem is that she is hiding ever since I brought her home so I was only able to give it to her last night when she briefly came home. I did get help from my dad and he held her and fortunately most of it went in!
Now I have to find her. I am worried that she keeps missing her morning dosage.
Angie
post #15 of 27
Why is she getting antibiotics? I've had 6 animals spayed or neutered in the past 5 years and not one of them has ever been given antibiotics. I've gotten pain meds for some of them, but they are usually so darn active that I don't think they are in much pain and don't bother.
post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by fatkitties
Why is she getting antibiotics? I've had 6 animals spayed or neutered in the past 5 years and not one of them has ever been given antibiotics. I've gotten pain meds for some of them, but they are usually so darn active that I don't think they are in much pain and don't bother.
Polly had antibiotics after her bladder biopsy. They like to give them some Clavamox for a week since they've been messing around in the abdomen.
post #17 of 27
I was supposed to give Zissou antibiotics too after her spay. She got sick (unrelated to the spay) and we ended up at the emergency vet. He said to quit giving them to her and that the practice of prescribing antibiotics automatically after a spay was old-fashioned and unnecessary.

Then again, you should always give the meds prescribed for your pet. Especially with antibiotics, once you start them you have to go through the whole prescription unless a vet tells you to stop. (True for people too).
post #18 of 27
Thread Starter 
I also wondered why she was prescribed those antibiotics because with my first cat I don't remember giving her any.
Angie
post #19 of 27
Just wanted to add here that cats should not be given cow milk as it can cause diarrhea.
post #20 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
He said to quit giving them to her and that the practice of prescribing antibiotics automatically after a spay was old-fashioned and unnecessary.
That is very true. My vets feel that if you have a truly aseptic surgery, there is no need for abx. As long as the patient is properly prepped, and the instuments have been autoclaved, and everything stays sterile, the chances of infection are extremely extremely low.
post #21 of 27
Thread Starter 
for you help. With that it worries me a bit less and that she'll be fine.
Angie
post #22 of 27
Marishka was spayed Tuesday, and after she woke up a few hours after coming home that night she wanted to hide. But to make sure I could give her the pain meds on time, and that I could check on her, I kept her confined in one room. I covered a chair with a blanket and put her bed under it so she could "hide", but otherwise I could find her if I needed to. I was a littler overly-worried that if she started showing symptoms of something going wrong then I would see it pretty soon.

Good luck with that medicine...I am glad Marishka got her last dose yesterday...not so fun, for either of us!
post #23 of 27
If you have been given antibiotics by your vet it's best to give them. you don't know how your cat will react to the surgery. generally a vet won't give to you just for the hell of it. they usually have a reason. did you have bloodwork done before the spay? they could have seen elevated white blood cells in the results and felt the antibiotics would be best to help with the healing process. if you are still having trouble administering the meds after the above advice please post and i will see if i can help.
post #24 of 27
Thread Starter 
my Chachi is an outside cat so she is not used to being inside, only in the garage. I live in Texas and I am not able to keep her in there since the temperatures are usually in the in the 100s during the day and at night the garage is too hot.
Luckily she was here today Saturday all day long so I got to give her both dosages.
If there was some kind of infection, what would be the signs? She has been eating well. I do worry that she keeps jumping the high fence. The stich is still there.
Thanks.
Angie
post #25 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by angier106 View Post
my Chachi is an outside cat so she is not used to being inside, only in the garage. I live in Texas and I am not able to keep her in there since the temperatures are usually in the in the 100s during the day and at night the garage is too hot.
Luckily she was here today Saturday all day long so I got to give her both dosages.
If there was some kind of infection, what would be the signs? She has been eating well. I do worry that she keeps jumping the high fence. The stich is still there.
Thanks.
Angie

If there was infection she might not eat, she might have signs of redness or puss coming from the stich area. he skin could become a yellowish colour with the stress of her liver, she could be licking it a lot or pull the stiches out. the wound could start to puff out almost like a outty belly button. those are just a few to name. if you don't see any of them try not to worry too much. it's a very common sugery and generally the complications come with in the first two weeks. try to keep her home as much as you can and don't let her jump the wall too much. encourage her back home with some tidbits or something.
post #26 of 27
Thread Starter 
so far nothing like that has shown. The stitch is there and the color is normal. She is eating very well. It is a week ago today that she had her surgery. I will take her next Thursday to get the stitch removed. Thanks again.
Angie
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by angier106 View Post
so far nothing like that has shown. The stitch is there and the color is normal. She is eating very well. It is a week ago today that she had her surgery. I will take her next Thursday to get the stitch removed. Thanks again.
Angie

should be fine then doll try not to worry too much. well done on getting her spayed!!
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