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My Poor Little Maya

My Poor Little Maya

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. kalin

    aw poor kitty!
    When I trim Bliss’s nails I wait till he’s halfway asleep, then sit next to him and do it-he’s too groggy to fight it right away, so I usually can get at least a couple done before he bolts. Maybe wait till she’s napping to try and give her the meds? It feels kinda mean, but it’s way easier than chasing them.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Unfortunately the medicine is morning and night and it takes two people to catch her so we have to do it before I go to work. It’s a fun way to wake up at 6am to do! But yes, in the past when she’s groggy and not quite alert works best for catching her.

  2. Leigh

    If she likes tuna you can put the meds in tuna and they will usually eat it. I have to do that with my current kitty. I had the same problem with another cat I had that unfortunately died. When he came home from the vet current kitty was very upset and tried to attack him. I was told it is because they smell different. I hope Maya will feel better soon. Love your blog.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thank you for the comment, Leigh! I suspect that she smelled differently to Fat Kitty. Maybe like anesthesia or the medicine…

      Maya LOVES tuna juice! Not necessarily the junks but she loves the water that comes in the can. That’s a great idea.

  3. Lori

    It’s no fun when the kitties are sick.

    Our last cat lived to be 18 years old, and she was missing a lot of teeth by that time. We moistened her dry food with water and also fed her wet food. She lost a lot of weight near the end, even though she ate a lot. We would put her medicine into the wet food and she would eat it up. Pilling a cat really stinks LOL!

    You can get the medicine made into a formulary so they will eat it. Malt is a really good flavor that kitties love. It can be made into a paste so you can mix it into food. Might be worth the cost of doing that if you are struggling with her meds.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I have two medicine for her, thankfully they are both liquid. The first is a pain killer and the second is antibiotics. We got droppers and syringes to give them to her. The problem is catching her! She HATES being held. And she panics when we chase her to give her medicine. SIGH. My poor baby. 🙁

      Thanks for the tip about the dry food. I might do that after the two weeks is up to help her eat.

  4. Deb

    I grew up on a farm, so I’ve been giving shots since I was about 7 years old. I nursed our pup through parvo at home, giving her subcutaneous fluid injections and pills. I managed to get my older cat (now pretty much my mom’s older cat) to lay there calmly on her back over my legs while I trimmed all her nails every few weeks. However, giving meds (pills or liquids) to a cat is an entirely different ballgame, and one I will always hate doing.

    The last time I had to give oral meds to a cat, the cat bit his tongue, and I ended up covered in blood spray. Not pleasant for anyone involved. I can’t even remember what the medication was for, but he hated me for about a day afterwards!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s great that you grew up that way and can have some skills with animals now. Liquid is definitely easier. Maya is actually really good about taking her medicine. The hard part is CATCHING her!!!

  5. Jill

    How is Maya? I know how hard it is when our pets are sick. Our puppy was bitten by a copperhead and it was so hard to see her suffering. And giving meds can be so hard. I hope she is better now!!!!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Maya is doing much better, thank you. How is your puppy??? That sounds terrifying!

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