Here goes, I have a 6 toed deaf cat that is walking around every night at about 3 am meowing throughout the house. I just moved (2 months ago)into a "loft", one big open space with 25 foot ceilings. His meow reverberates through the space and keeps my husband and I up at night. And this happens every night! This is new for him, he's never done it before. Here is the other problem, he has BM's in random places at random times throughout the house. He has megacolon, which makes BM's hard for him ( that isn't related to the meowing), so he goes where ever, when everr the need arises. He is also impossible to pill, so treating him with meds won't work. I was a vet tech, so if anyone should be able to pill a cat, it should be me. I have spent almost $5000 on this cat over his lifetime with various surgeries, etc... Soooo... I am seriously considering euthanasia, but I am feeling so guilty. Am I crazy? Or am I justified in thinking about it? I really feel like I have exhausted all available options, short of just putting up with it, but that is seriously affecting my day to day life. Help me please!
Have you tried putting the pill in a different types of food that he like's or is it possible to crush the pill & mix it into something or may it be possible to get his medication in a liquid form. Have you taken him back to be re-checked maybe there's something else going on. Also being in a new place & being deaf maybe a little scary for him. I would hate to see you put him down when the solution maybe simpler then it seems. Good Luck
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They make pill pockets for cats and dogs. They are very handy way to give pills. I use them all the time. My dogs love them with or without the pill inside. I think the big cat habitat cage for the night time might be a great solution to your problem.
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To all the replies I've gotten, I have tried a variety of tricks to get his meds into him, to no avail. He eats around it or doesn't eat at all. I've even given him injectables before. Now the problem is the medication we were using before has been "discontinued" because of potentially fatal side effects. So as far as the megacolon goes, I'm pretty much stuck. The meowing only gets worse when I try to kennel him, he has actually bloodied his (6) toes trying to get out. This just causes more noise (and a trip to the vet) than just letting him walk around. I have spoken to my vet, who is great and also a friend of mine. She agrees that I have exhausted all possible medical means to solve the problem. She has basically said that I just need to make the decision to either live with it, or not. My guilt is killing me, because he seems fine during the day. Ugh, I just don't know what to do.
Luckily, I have one tip for that. My cousin had to cage her cat for doing that and evedently he stopped. You give himthis pill from the vets and somehow he stops doing that meowing noise. Do you know if he has any medical issues? You may want to get him checked...Maybe, he's in pain and he cant tell you. I would go to the vet well, make a appointment.
If I were alone deaf in the darkness and wake up in the middle of the night in not so familiar palce I would be scared. Maby your cat didn't get accustomed with the place. Or maby his smelling or eyesight is deteriorating for example. Maby you should consider not putting him down but find him better home (I don't say you are bad for him). Maby this cat would appreciate to live with someone who works at night (he/she could live lights on at night). About the pills - I don't know any cat that likes that. We put our cats tightly in the blanket, and the person with the smallest fingers (my mother-in-law) puts the pill into his mouth while he is moeing or hissing deeply into the throat. It works, but I usually wait outside. Good luck!
Hard to advise a vet tech on pilling a cat, but I have had a couple who were very hard to pill. The one-two-three punch that's always worked for me:
1. Get the cat into a pillowcase, only the head sticking out.
2. Get the cat in the pillowcase onto the floor, into a corner of the room. It can't back up any further than that or manuever to either side.
3. Force the mouth open by putting pressure (a thumb on one side, a finger on the other) on the part of the cheeks where the jaw connects with the skull, pop in the greased pill, close the cat's mouth and stroke its throat for awhile.
What could be easier??? Actually, being who you are I'll bet you've already tried the above. Best of luck, seriously.