Post 1102: time for Andy’s medicine…

Andy has high blood pressure. He gets medicine for it. He doesn’t like it. But we have to go through the ritual of catching him each day to make sure he gets what he needs to be healthy.

Andy enjoys the fresh air and view out the back door., but it is time for his medicine!

Andy enjoys the fresh air and view out the back door., but it is time for his medicine!

Andy hears me sneaking up on him. His eyes start to glow...!

Andy hears me sneaking up on him. His eyes start to glow…!

"Stand back! I'll use 'em!!!" Andy send me a piercing glance.

“Stand back! I’ll use ’em!!!” Andy sends me a piercing glance.

He hops off the little chair and hides under the computer desk.

He hops off the little chair and hides under the computer desk.

Dougy isn't helpful. "Ha! Ha! It's medicine time," he taunts!

Dougy isn’t helpful.
“Ha! Ha! It’s medicine time,” he taunts! Andy’s feelings are hurt….!

Andy eventually gets over it…after I give him his medicine and kitty treats for being a good kitty. Mostly.

38 thoughts on “Post 1102: time for Andy’s medicine…

    • I was surprised a cat could have this problem, but I’ve heard from other cat people where their cats have/had it, too. Of course, the process of giving the medicine may contribute to the need for the medicine…! Andy gets a little extra loving before I put him down, though, because I want him to have something positive (besides the kitty treats, which he shares with Dougy) to associate with the medicine.

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  1. Andy looks so cute on the little stool. Kali knows what he goes through having meds as Kali’s an old pro at taking meds. kali would like some lovin’ after this cwappy pill so get with it mom and take a lesson from Andy.

    Shoko

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    • Ritual…or ordeal! Andy does not like it! I had to wrap him in a towel the other day to give him his medicine. He was struggling to get away so hard, I was afraid he’d hurt himself. Once wrapped up, though, he settled down and took his medicine like a big boy!

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  2. This is sweet and I can relate to it because I have to give my little bird a daily dose of anti-biotic and he is not particularly fond of it. On some days I can’t get him to open his beak to take the syringe even though I capture him gently in a soft towel to do the work. But he hasn’t gotten too angry with me yet because once I put him back into his cage and tell him what a good boy he was in taking his medicine (a lie but I tell him anyway because he doesn’t know…) he will still come to me when I call him. So I know that in a few minutes after the ordeal I am forgiven.

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      • You gently wrap him in a soft cloth and hold him feet upward so you can look at him directly in the eye and you talk softly and sweetly to him to calm him and you put the tip of the syring to the edge of his mouth and he should open his beak as a natural reflex. But today he was being a little closed-mouth about the whole thing.

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      • The process is the same with Andy. Some days it isn’t necessary to wrap him up, but he’s been less than cooperative lately, so it helps calm him to be wrapped. It helps immobilize his head a bit, too. Without the towel, he can turn his head quite a large range to avoid the syringe! I bet your bird can, too, maybe even more so than a cat. With a cat, at least, their lips are easy to breach if they get closed mouth. With a bird, you still have to get some cooperation, eh!?

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      • My birdie will sometimes suddenly shake his little head to try to know the syringe away but the wonderous thing is that some days he just opens up and takes the medicine without asny complaint at all. It is hard to figure his moods.

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