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11:01 pm: I Should Have Posted This...
...before my nap. I woke up in a lot of pain today -- the base of my right big toe and base of my right index finger are probably gout flares, and the right wrist pain and right knee clicking are osteo, but I think my right shoulder is catching Shiva.

He stopped grazing last night about 10pm -- I think the steroid shot wore off -- but was very loving at night again. It was 81 today so I planned to wear one of the new tops I bought and I decided I should stop before I put outer clothes on, put my robe on, and catch him for meds rather than chance the top being damaged. I did that, and it turns out he still doesn't want me to open his mouth, but if I show him the syringe, he'll open the front of his mouth enough that I can put it in. He has to get two doses at a time. Then I got dressed and came out to feed them and he was very enthusiastic about that, too, until I put the dish down and he ate a bite and dashed off. He ate snackies and finished the dish later on.

I went out to have lunch. Sometimes I just really need cheese fries, and a half-portion at Glory Days fills the kind of oval platter that most places use for a dinner. I discriminately ate it down to toaster-oven size and will have the rest soon. When I came in, there were four moms and four kids (two boys, two girls) and they were all having a lot of fun without being difficult. They were very creative playing with plastic sharks, which seemed to come with their ice cream sundaes. I was facing a screen with ESPN Headlines and every so often across the bottom would run "So-and-so to announce future in conf. Monday" and I kept thinking, now that would be a great conference!

I came home and started online but hurt so much by 5pm that I took pain meds and napped. A very close thunderboomer woke me up at 10pm. Shiva insisted on fresh dry food, so I threw out the Meow Mix and special Science Diet from yesterday, washed and dryed the dish, and put down some normal Science Diet dry food and he started eating. Maybe antibiotics work faster in cats.

I've been catching up online and moving laundry around and such and will now be up late reading LJ and ML. I never heard from the vet, so I'll call her tomorrow. If she has any sense, she'll have her phone off in class.

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From:dragonet2
Date:April 12th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)

Thinking good thoughts

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for Shiva's recovery. I do think the antibiotics they give cats in particular may be a little higher dose than they give us because the vets know it's hard to give cats medicines. Though it sounds as if you two have worked it out.

(My Melisande had to take an occasional run of cortisone for joint issues, but once I figured out she'd do anything for a cheese goldfish cracker we settled that issue totally. In fact after she got the schedule down she'd start 'reminding' me that it was time for another pill.)
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From:mjlayman
Date:April 12th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)

Re: Thinking good thoughts

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Thanks! I had to catch him again tonight (put my robe on over my clothes), but he did open his mouth a bit for the doses.

I've never tried a cheese cracker on them. You can get small packs at 7-11s and such, maybe I should try that. He certainly likes cheese!
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From:dragonet2
Date:April 12th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)

Re: Thinking good thoughts

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Well, my discovering she liked cheese crackers, especially the goldfish cheese crackers (and it did help that they do come in smaller packets) came before I had the 'aha' moment the first time she needed pilling. After getting bitten severely the first time I tried to give her a pill after she was an adult and 'The Queen" I had to figure out how to give her the rest of the series of pills.

then I went, 'she likes cheesie crackers' and I had the leftovers of a large bag of cheesie goldfish. I tried it, showing her the goldfish, then quickly shoving the pill into her mouth. and then offering her a few goldfish. After a second of disbelief at the speedy mishandling*,she went "Oh!" (she was not a dumb cat...)

The rest was gravy, once she figured out the schedule SHE'D remind me it was time to get another pill plus goldfishies.
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