Thursday, February 18, 2010

I'll Give Training

Al looking at Bird TV

I had to take my Grandson Al to the vet.
 His eye looked horrible.
 A mess.
 One eyed Jack  Al.
The eye will recover.
 No damage.
 Just drops three times a day.
Which is not going well.
 The first time I tried it I think I got some in.
Who knows really.
 After I tended to my wounds, I was worn out.
Had a drink is noon too early
(just kidding .. not really but it wasn't a stiff one)
 while contemplating how to plan my next attack.
 I decided that I didn't really need to give him his drops three times a day.
Two would be ok for the first day.
 I waited til evening when my scratches were healed he was napping.
 I found him and tried the quick surprise attack.
He wasn't going for the Grandma love.
 After wrapping my legs around him and with one hand holding him while opening his eye.
 The other hand had the tiny bottle.
 I again tried to put drops in his eyes.
For an old cat, he sure knows how to wiggle and squirm.
Again, I think I got a few drops in.
Who can tell with all the wetness going down his fur.
 I left and didn't look back ... ok, I did but I didn't let him see me.
I felt so bad making my napping Grandson so upset.
 He actually had to recircle and move around a bit to get back to his spot.
I had twice bothered my napping cat.
That's a criminal offense at this house.
We've been known to add on to the house before disturbing the cat.
(Imagine cat napping on staircase.
 Can't disturb.
 Just add a second staircase ... oh, where the closet is.
When construction is done.
Who moves?
The cat of course...
 that's what I mean about the Grandma Cat Trials that will be scheduled for May)
Anyway, back to my drama ...
Today, I acted like nothing was going to happen.
Said, "Hi Grandson" ... like I always do.
 He's my daughters cat.
Been mine now for years but I called him Grand Sonny
and that's what his name will always be to me.
As I was getting my coffee this meowning, Al went in the den.
 I quietly closed the bathroom door (that's next to the den) and he didn't notice.
 I walked down the hall and over the dog ..
who just had to follow me cause that's what big dogs do ..
 and Big Al was looking out the window and didn't notice his sneaky Grandma close the door.
 He was now trapped.
 The delight I felt.
I had outsmarted a cat.
At least for the moment.
Now, to get the drops and reopening the bathroom door and of course not let the dog in.
Yes, the dog thinks it should be with me at all times.
Like an assistant.
So, in I go.
He senses something is up.
 Tries to run away.
 Gets into the bathroom.
I being the smarter of the three of us.
 Yes, the dog came in with me.
I know, I should be leader of the pack but that's another blog in dog vs Mom wars.
I closed the bathroom door.
 As he tried to get behind the toilet I sat down on the floor.
 And, that's not easy for an old lady with cranky bones.
 He luckily or not really is too big to get there so he headed towards the door.
 That is when I got him.
I was waiting like a cat does for a bug.
 Did the wrap the legs around him like yoga class with your cat and I got the drops in his eye.
 At least I think I did.
 I let him go and he is now recovering on the couch on the blanket.
Only two more to go today ...
 I really think the two a day is going to be better.
 I need time to recover mentally from this.
Anyone want to come over to my house and help me ?
 I'll give training.
 I'll even include an older dog who is a great  just kidding assistant.


Amy and The House of Cats said...

All our cat medicating is pretty much done in the bathroom, at least at first. I have never had to do eye drops but have had to do ointment on all of them at some point (Barney needs to get back on them actually), and I found that with the tough ones, a treat afterwards helps - they will put up with it after a try or two, just to get the treats. I am lucky that the ones with chronic eye issues (Lola and Barney) got so used to it that they can have it done anywhere - Barney squirms but tolerates it. Lola doesn't even care. I am getting a Klaw Kontrol bag, which I read about at one of the other cat blogs, because I have heard it makes them more secure feeling (and also they are kinda trapped) because I know Kirzon is going to need meds again and he is awful about them - at least in the bathroom he can't really get away. Anyway, my point is that I can totally sympathize (seriously in the last 2 years I have had probably 80% of my days that someone is on something) and I wish you good luck!

Kea said...

Oh, I feel for you, truly. I have to give Annie transdermal methimazole twice a day for her hyper-thyroidism (she can't be pilled) and even though I've been doing this with her since September, I still have to close off the rooms she can escape into (under the beds), and I still get snarls and grumbles from her. It's gel! In the ear or sometimes under her armpits! It's not a pill down her throat. But that doesn't seem to matter.

Take heart, at least this is temporary for you both. Annie will be on meds for life unless I am able to get the I-131 radioactive iodine procedure done (cure for the hyper-t).

And by the way, it's never too early to have a stiff drink--because it's always 4 o'clock somewhere! *grin*

JC said...

So, does that mean the two of you are coming over to help ?

Lyn said...

Funny story! You can't out-smart a cat! Hope the rest of the treatment goes more smoothly!

Love Meow said...

we had to do eye drops with Shadow when we adopted him. He didn't like it a bit. My hubby and I had to work together to clean his ears for earmites treatment. But every time after we treated him, we gave him some treats, so he didn't feel too bad afterwards. Good luck to you!

Lisa, Jack and Baby said...

Hope those eyedrops are getting in there, what with all that trouble and chaos. It's a tough chore making a cat submit to anything.

The Kool~Kittie~Krew said...

There's NO WAY to outsmart a cat. Unless they want us to think so!

Lucy the Cat said...

Oh dear. What a trial. When Lucy needed eye drops, my husband did and somehow it worked out really well. Anyway, I feel for you (and Al). Good luck and I hope the next two days go well and quickly!

Nan and =^..^= said...

Oh, how I relate to your problem. My husband and I are complete failures when it comes to giving pills or any kind of medication to our cats. The Vet can make it look so simple but whenever we have had to do it, it turns into a disaster. Last time, our friend was so very kind enough to come over twice a day to do it. I don't know what we would have done without her. Wishing you the best of luck and you are so brave to do it alone!

Catline Crew said...

Oh, our Mom feels for you. Whenever any of us needs meds, it's always takes two humans.

Darlene said...

That is so familiar, I have to do all the meds here too. Last few days it was getting ointment on the upper lid of Ozzie's eye. Now Oz is a very tall horse and I am only 5' so it is tough. My hub doesn't help with any of the animals when it comes to drugs etc. They see us coming to double team them and they are off. Shortly here I have to clean Kia's gums which have always been an issue with her for nine years now. I think the horse is easier!

Jacqueline said...

Calle and Sukki do pretty well, but Halle fights like nothing I have ever seen when trying to medicate her(she is my smallest cat and is soooo strong!); I usually pay extra for the week long antibiotic shot instead of giving her oral antibiotics=I think eye drops might be impossible!!...Good luck!

Webster said...

I hope your holding the eye dropper off to the side. I think it's easier that way. But I'm no expert - I let DH do the pet meds. ;)

Noll's Nip said...

All the cats all over the world, are laughing right about now!

They say: "In the realm of treating a cat with medicine, this sounds about right."

Good luck with the rest of the drops!

Tristan and Crikey said...

We hope that his eye gets betterer and betterer! Medicine stinks!

critterlover said...

LOL... outsmart a cat... as if that could happen. Haahaa.

I hope One eyed Al heals up real soon, as well as your scratches.

Not disturbing a sleeping cat is a rule, a very important one at that. When DH sits in his chair and winds up with 4 or 5 cats on him, he says he has to get up... I tell him "didn't you get the memo?" No disturbing the cats, you're there until they decide it's time to move." Teehee.

There comes a time in your life when you walk away from all of the drama and the people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right and pray for those who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of life, getting back up is living.

~ Jose N. Harris

Characters In My Garden

Purr Gang ~ My five cats

Cats ~ Al, Ashton Rosevelt, Jasmine Marie, Riley Andrew & Meredith Ann

Fur Gang ~ Jodie Isabella and Sally Jean
(The Original member, Sweet Bella is in memory only now. Maddy Jean, another original member, past away in August of 2014)

Mr. Boatman ~ my husband who likes boats

DD ~ my daughter who graduated and is now out living in the real world

DS or Dson ~ my son is studying computer science and math

Maddy Jean & Bella

Maddy Jean & Bella
Both gone but never forgotten

Jodie Isabella

Jodie Isabella


I adopted him from our local Humane Society


Adopted from my local horse supply store


I adopted her from Purrfect Pals


I adopted him from the local Humane Society

Meredith Ann

Meredith Ann
I adopted her from Purrfect Pals