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Today I sat with my cat in my lap and tried to cry. I almost managed it, but all sorts of thoughts about things I had to manage or consider kept willing up and my self-control kept reasserting itself. Whether I wanted it to or not.

I have to be strong. I have to keep him on a schedule with meds (which he hates), give him fresh food and water, administer fluids, keep an eye on him for distress, look for signs of vomiting, get to work on time. Repeat in the evening, except for the fluids. There's something very visceral and in-your-face about sticking pills down a cat's throat (and doing it again, and again, because your aim was off and he spat out the pill) and especially about prepping the bag of fluid and the needle and the nerve-wracking yet surreal experience of the wait, while the fluid drips and the cat gets restless and 100 ml of fluid makes its way down a tiny tube and actually into your cat.

And I look for some lingering sign of that joy in life for which he was always so notable: an inquiring mew and a tiny face looking up at you, already starting to purr; an arched back and a quivering tail, as you start to pet him, eyes closed in bliss; a sandpaper tongue, lavishly licking your hand if you bring it near him; an unexpected paw in your personal space, patting your face, claws not quite in, signaling "I'm here! I'm here!"

I can't be strong enough to do any of this well; I can't cry either.

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whochick
Sep. 23rd, 2008 05:56 am (UTC)
Just a nursing-related tip because it might help: ask your vet if the pills can be crushed and made into a fluid/runny paste you can syringe down his throat. It'll be a whole lot easier and less traumatic for both of you, provided the tablets aren't enetric-coated or slow release and shouldn't be crushed.

Your vet should be able to tell you over the phone and provide you with needleless syringes.
np_complete
Sep. 25th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
What a great idea! I'll ask!

Thanks so much!
whochick
Sep. 26th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
Welcome. Hope it's helpful.