Emo Gus?

No new pictures tonight, so here’s some additional pictures of Calpurnia.

Gus had a vet visit today.  Part of the reason was to get the effectiveness of his medication checked, but there is a hitch.

The vet had warned that some cats have a reaction to the medication on the ear.  From the description, I figured this was a fast reaction, causing itching on the top of the head.  But I noticed that a week or so ago that Gus was getting a reaction on his ears themselves.  By the weekend the itching caused him to cut some scrapes on his head too, plus his ears are irritated and scabby in parts.

Poor guy.  And the vet visit has the other cats all worked up too.

The theory is that the creme the medicine is in is causing the irritation, and a new kind will be better.  I have some pills for a time until his skin heals up.  The vets also gave him some ointment to make his ears feel better now, which is a relief.

I am really looking forward to the struggle to give him the pills every day.

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8 Responses to Emo Gus?

  1. Jo Woolf says:

    Oh dear… not nice, for you or Gus. Hope that he is better soon. Purdey is due for a vet visit in March, we will need an SAS squad just to get her in the carrier. I’m not looking forward to that!


  2. Poor Gus – itchy ears are the pits.


  3. littlemiao says:

    Aw, feel better Gus ears!


  4. nadbugs says:

    What everybody else said. Mope til improvement.


  5. kimkiminy says:

    Poor Gus. Here’s a trick for giving pills to difficult cats: Lay out a bath towel on the bed, and have the pill ready to go nearby. Fetch kitty and lay him down on one side of the towel. While holding him down with one hand, quickly flip the far end of the towel over his body. Then roll kitty up in towel like a burrito, with just his head sticking out. It’ll be much easier to give the pill, and kitty won’t be able to squirm. Kissies can be administered, too.

    I did this for years for my Kabuki, who had epilepsy and had to get a phenobarbital pill daily for the rest of his life. Eventually, he got so good at it, we didn’t even need the towel anymore.


    • Oldcat says:

      Oh I try that – Burrito Gus can get a paw out and cover his mouth a lot of the time. And then even if you shove the pill waaaaaaay down he can still get it back out and into his mouth and spit it out.

      So you have to keep looking to see if it goes down – making it even more fun.

      Vet also says I have to do it twice a day!


  6. kimkiminy says:

    I found that even with one paw out, I could still make the score.

    Okay, here’s part two of giving pills: It won’t work unless you can slide the pill way down towards the back of kitty’s tongue. If you don’t, you may as well start over with a new pill. Nothing worse than slippery pills. But if you do, then quickly clamp kitty’s jaws shut, and here’s the trick part – gently blow a puff of air into kitty’s nostrils. Makes them swallow every time.


  7. Wazeau says:

    Poor Gus and poor you, pills twice a day!


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