It's been a week of downs and ups here at Chez-Ranger. We took Ivy in for a check-up again on Tuesday. Started the whole thing off by discovering that Ivy had lost more weight. She went from 8 lbs 3 oz (up from 8 lbs) down to 7 lbs 12 oz. We were very upset by that, as we thought she'd been eating enough to at least maintain her weight. Dr G (our hero!) also took some blood for analysis and, most traumatically for Ivy, clipped the ol' girls claws. Ivy now no longer clicks when she walks. We bought a few more cans of the especially tasty (smelly) gooshy food, brought Ivy home and waited for the lab results. In the interim, we fed Ivy turkey (the cats are the only creatures in the house to get turkey on Thanksgiving) and set out heaping plates of the gooshy for her each night. She's eating all of it, thank goodness, and seems to be her usual self. She's felt up to helping us with the laundry:
We got Ivy's labs back on Friday. Her kidneys are slightly worse off and her thyroid is a bit low. The instructions? Cut back on the thyroid meds to get her thyroid back up as that will help the kidney function. Keep on with whatever food the wee tuxie will eat. We're good with both. The major issue, though, comes up when it's meds time for Ivy. I had been mashing her meds in a soft treat and feeding those to her. She's completely stopped eating them. Doesn't matter what flavor treat we use, either. It's gotten to the point that I have to actually pill her. Distressing for both of us. This morning, once she noticed that I had the pills in my hand, Ivy walked (not ran) behind the couch. I was waiting once she came out and it was an unhappy time for both of us. She's not hard to pill but she *really* hates it. Anyone out there have any non-traumatic methods for getting a pill into a cat? She's gotta have 'em, and she will get 'em, but I'd rather not upset her like that. I'd hate to upset her into defib while I'm giving her the blood-pressure meds.
Anyways, Maddie has been a bit jealous with all the attention paid to Ivy, but she's coping well. Most of the time she's not even that, well, catty to Ivy. They are still sharing the bed nicely:
Let us know if you cat-people have any good methods for pilling. Thanks!