As I wrote in another thread, all of my former feral housecats are currently receiving Flagyl. Two of them became so wild and unmanageable that we are having to board them. Now hellion #3 has emerged.
Taro had been taking his in a Pill Pocket, but started rejecting them over the weekend, so we have had to start giving him the liquid by force.
He used to be a fairly easy cat to give medication to, but it's been at least a year since we had to do this, and this time he's going crazy.
He screams, thrashes, seriously tries to bite us. We have no idea what changed, except that perhaps he has been influenced by his siblings' behavior. We can manage him so far (barely) but if it gets much worse, we will have to board him, too.
He is normally completely socialized and docile, even friendly to strangers.
Are we doing something obviously wrong? We medicate in a smallish enclosed room that has a Feliway plugged in, supplemented with At Ease spray. We've experimented with holding him in a couple of different positions, and switching off who holds him vs. who medicates, but right now the only way that works is for my husband to restrain him in a Sphinx position on the table (we learned this from vet techs) while wearing heavy gloves.
When it's over, Taro gets an immediate reward of chicken baby food, which he accepts with gusto -- and is totally mellow and friendly, as if nothing bad had ever happened!
If anyone has any advice, I would be eternally grateful.