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Stressing over Cat Illness

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I'm at a loss for words right now. I brought Prince Harry to the vet yesterday and it was a less-than-stellar experience. I'll leave it at that.

There's not much they can do for him as he has feline herpes virus and his flare-ups are eye infections. So I have drops now and hoping like crazy that they help. This has been a battle for the last 5 years.

I'll be watching lots of how-to's on you tube to find out how I can get the L-lysine into him. I've got what is supposed to be yummy stuff that he will not swallow. I know there's a way to open his mouth (of course, w/o hurting him), but have to refresh my memory as to how to do it.

Meanwhile, he is miserable. Fortunately, he's eating, drinking, and other functioning well. But not sleeping too great. He was curled up next to me all night. His brother, William, is worried as well and acting out.

There is nothing they can do for HFV, so I'm hoping this isn't the beginning of the end. They are 10 years old, but pretty healthy otherwise. Even though it's highly contagious, Wills has not had any problems.

Since recently losing so many loved ones of the people variety, I find that by ability to handle stress is severely challenged. Unfortunately, I have turned to a little bit of sugar therapy even though I know better.

Wishing all a good day.

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I've remained on program during a difficult time where I had to put my Sophie down because of kidney failure. This 30 days or so after spending $550 on dental work when told it was going to be $200. And, you know I made it through. It was messy and unpleasant and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. However, no matter how we get through grief, we get through it.

Hang in there my friend.

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LINDA! 2/19/2014 3:27PM

    I am so sorry. My prayer is for Prince Harry to feel better. I also hope that Wills doesn't get sick as well.

Take care of you! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/19/2014 7:54AM


I know this is a really stressful time for you. I just wish there was something I could do to make things better.

Your furbabies are very fortunate to have you as their mom.


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KELLIE453 2/19/2014 6:23AM

    My Bruno kitty had the same thing, his flair up's were awful. I also tried everything, we went to many vets, tried many different treatments but nothing would work. Finally I decided to quit fretting about it as long as he was eating, drinking and getting along ok....yes the eye looked awful and I know it hurt...but I knew there was nothing I could do to fix it. We just lived with it and finally Bruno's flair up's stopped at the age of 17 yrs. I lost my Bruno kitty in my arms 2 days before Christmas 2012....he was 20 yrs old, his death had nothing to do with the FHV. Just do not be to hard on yourself and stressing out about Prince Harry, just keep loving him and giving him the best life possible. Hugs~~Kelly

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RACEWELLWON 2/18/2014 10:29PM

    emoticon I am so sorry Jess - huge to both of you - miss you !!

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LIVINGFREE19 2/18/2014 10:18PM

    So sorry to hear of this stress with your cat. I hope things turn around, and he gets better, and everything calms down.

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    Have you tried mixing in some sugar to his medicine? My chinchillas will take it that way. Try not to worry. I t won't help. Have faith. I sent a prayer. emoticon

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SUEJENN 2/18/2014 7:42PM

    We had to give our puppy some meds for tummy problems. It looked like Mylanta. It was supposed to taste good according to the vet! LOL These little creatures become 'toddlers' in our lives.
I wish you well with your kitties.
Take care of yourself.

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EDDYMEESE 2/18/2014 7:41PM

    So I started to write out a response, but decided to google videos and find my favorite.

This seriously would have been word-for-word what I would have told you, including the info about compounding it into a liquid or transdermal gel.

The most important notes are:
1) be prepared before you get Harry
2) with MOST cats (despite what people think), less is more. Clients tell me all of the time that they have to practically wrestle their cat to the ground to pill them and have someone hold them down. That almost never makes things easier. Creating a "kitty burrito" using a towel or blanket is great, especially if the cat struggles a lot. You can youtube how to do it.
3) starting by extending their head up and then letting it go back into its natural position is key - I watch some owners hold their cat's jaw shut so aggressively, it's no wonder the cat fights them. It doesn't take much to keep his jaws shut.
4) blowing on their nose is a great trick, even better than rubbing their throat
5) here is the most useful tip I can give you: your cat has NOT swallowed the pill until he has licked his nose. So unless you see him lick his nose once or twice, don't let go hoping he got it down!

I'm sure you've seen this before, but just for fun:
1. Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with lef hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of 10.

4. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden.

5. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, holding front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold cat's head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

6. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

7. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with its head just visible from below spouse's armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force cat's mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.

8. Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink glass of water to take taste away. Apply band-aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

9. Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed. Get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

10. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Throw T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

11. Ring fire brigade to retrieve cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.

12. Tie cat's front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table. Find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Force cat's mouth open with small spanner. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour 1/2 pint of water down throat to wash pill down.

13. Get spouse to drive you to emergency room; sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Stop by furniture shop on way home to order new table.

14. Take cat to vet. Vet pops pill in cat's mouth, rubs it's throat until cat swallows pill and says "See? It's easy as that." lol! this happens to me ALL OF THE TIME!!!!!

15. Vow to get a dog next time.

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/18/2014 6:52PM

    our pets are like children emoticon so sorry you are going through a difficult time I hope things get better

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MOM2ACAT 2/18/2014 6:45PM

    I had a cat that I had to give medications regularly too. What worked for me was that once I got the pill in her mouth, I gently held her mouth closed and tilted her head up a little, then gently stroked her throat; that activated her swallowing reflexes so that she would swallow the pill.

Praying that he gets better soon! emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 2/18/2014 6:18PM

    So sorry. Our pets our our babies.


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THROOPER62 2/18/2014 5:29PM

    emoticon Prince Harry emoticon SLIMMERJESSE

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SETTIMIA 2/18/2014 2:38PM

    Oh sorry that you are going through so much, and hope that your cat recovers soon. take care x

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DAVIDPRESCOTT 2/18/2014 2:27PM

    Having just lost a pet I KNOW how hard it is to see them suffering and not be able to do anything for them apart from love them. I feel for you.

Something to make you smile - the evil genius of cats :)

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WALLAHALLA 2/18/2014 1:28PM

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NANCY- 2/18/2014 12:56PM

Thank heavens for the internet. At least we have a resource to check for solutions. Hope you find what you need and Prince Harry feels a better soon.

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    I'm so sorry about your stress. I can identify. I am so attached to my animal companions and I worry over everything.

MADEIT3 is right about two people making it much easier to administer a pill. I found a video from a vet to show you:

I hope Prince Henry feels much better, very soon. (And you too.)

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MEADSBAY 2/18/2014 11:41AM

    I meant to comment to your last blog when you were feeling like it was a small problem compared to some others' but, oh, my dear, it is no small thing to you and besides, life is made up of small things (with a smattering of big things) and they are important!
Best wishes to you and your dear kitty.

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AZ_CAT_PERSON 2/18/2014 10:50AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your kitty. I hope that he goes into remission soon and that William continues to avoid getting this disease. I just about fell apart when my kitty had a kidney infection, I don't know what I would do if any of my cats got something that bad. My heart goes out to you, I'll be praying for you and your kitty.

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JIBBIE49 2/18/2014 10:35AM

    My husband's cat, Wild Bill died on Sunday, and he may have had cat virus. He had a lot of swelling in his stomach the past two weeks and my husband knew he wasn't feeling well, but he didn't take him to the vet. He was five and an outdoor cat. I've read that the average life span of an outdoor cat is 4 years.

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SANDRALEET 2/18/2014 10:21AM

    I put my cats on the chesterfield Hold then tight against the arm Press were there jaws starts till there mouth opens Pop in the bill as far back as can make sure the bill is swallowed

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MADEIT3 2/18/2014 9:57AM

    We just got done feeding pills to Paws. Do you have someone to hold him while you put your fingers on his jaw, then gently push until his mouth opens? That's the easiest way. Then drop in the pill and stroke his throat until he swallows. Most cats are okay with it.

I had a cat once who just wouldn't take a pill unless it was cut up and put in a hotdog.

I hope he gets into remission soon and stays there a long while!!

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