Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Chicago suburbs
Re: Pain meds
I used a suggestion I found here for giving liquid meds..... Lay your cat down on her side and slowly drip the medication on the side of her mouth. She will feel the liquid hit her face and lick automatically, ingesting the pain medicine with hopefully not too much struggle. This has worked with one of my girls, although if your kitty gets upset at being laid down on her side it may not work.
You could also try a method that makes giving pills much easier - straddle the cat, so she's sitting between your legs facing away from you, and your rear end is down just far enough to hold her in place to keep her from backing away from you, while your legs are close enough together to keep her from moving to the side. Scruff her with one hand, then with the other hand use your middle finger to pop her mouth open and toss the pill/squirt the meds down her throat with thumb and first finger. This sounds like it would be easier with two people, but I find it's easier for me to do on my own.
Have you picked your cat up at all? I avoided picking up Fergie after her abdominal surgery, because she would give a whiny mew that told me she was in pain. After her pain meds were done, I picked her up just once a day so I would have an indication of how she was feeling. If your kitty disguises her pain no matter what this won't help you, but if you pick her up / handle her leg and get a reaction out of her you'll know she needs those pain meds.
~Diana, happy mom to Fern and Fergie