Holding a cat for tablets or ointment

Holding a cat for tablets or ointment


So to give a cat medicine we’ve got to hold them properly. So first thing to do is either use a tabletop or use your lap sitting upright in a chair like this. We would usually use a lap but the trick is: your legs have got to be protected from claws if you … have a skirt on or shorts you’re going to get scratches. It’s also a good idea to have these nails trimmed before we start. Now, let’s get into the hold position. What you’ll notice is, you’ve got to control these front legs, you’ve got to put an arm, You got to actively hold each front leg, not the shoulders, the actual legs need to be held, and then you bring your elbows in to control the back legs. So put him out forward, don’t lean in on him Lean back, bring these elbows forward and slide them in against the cat He’s not going to enjoy this. See he’s all off sideways, so legs together so you’ve got him there Arms together and your arms tucking in so his back legs… and he’s not curling under he’s actually sitting forward. He needs to sit down. That’s okay, and then lean back so I can get to the medication. That’s good. These legs are a lot more forward than usual. Normally we would have them tucked under the cat, so let’s- that’s good That’s good, -and now bring the side arms in so he’s controlled in the back there. You’re making a little human box for cats and these hands are holding the actual front leg so they can’t come up and go scratch. Let’s go with the medication. This is really good. OK now the cat’s feeling not happy, but he’s not in pain It’s just not enjoyable for him, but makes it very quick this way. In goes the medication Beautiful, and that’s it. Now he can go and have his breakfast.

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