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Manasse: health update



Manasse had his ultrasound this morning. He protested loudly and generally behaved as if he was being slaughtered (he can be such a drama queen!), but despite all his wriggling the vet was able to see that yes, we were definitely dealing with a thickening of the walls of the left atrium and a beginning problem with some of the ventricles, so he's going to have to go on another diet now and will be requiring meds, fed daily to him, for the rest of his life.

I'm told I'm to avoid stressing him out, so no more popping pills into his mouth -- instead, I am to crush them and sprinkle them over his food. I do like this idea, but...my flat is mostly open plan. My cats eat in the kitchen, and share the same bowls. This wasn't a problem when Leila and Manasse were both on the same diet, but now that Manasse is to go on another, I don't know how I'm supposed to make sure he eats his own and not his sister's food. If they had a specific dinner time, I could lock him in the bathroom with a bowlful of medicated food; but since my cats typically just take a few bites when their food is placed in front of them, then wander off and come back to it whenever they feel like it, I don't think that is going to work. Does this dilemma sound familiar to anyone on my flist, and if so, do you have any helpful hints for me?

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bogwitch
Oct. 30th, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
Sounds very familiar, but I have no advice!
curiouswombat
Oct. 30th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
It does sound familiar - very familiar.

Occasionally adding the tablet for the one who needed medicating to a one-mouthful 'treat' worked - but only if the medication didn't smell of medication, if you see what I mean.
gamiila
Oct. 30th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
I do see what you mean, and I will put the treat idea into action!

The only problem remaining then is how do I make sure Manasse eats his diet food, and Leila hers, without them tasting each others? I shall have to go and have a think about that one.
enigmaticblues
Oct. 30th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
Poor kitty. Quincey tends to have the same eating patterns, but then I only have one.
vegmb
Oct. 30th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
I have no experience with this personally, but have seen the "treat" idea work well with a little dog, even with a definite medicine smell.
rahirah
Oct. 30th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
You might want to see if your local pet store has pill pockets - cat treats with a hole in them that you can hide a pill in. Then you can just give Manasse a treat and feed them as usual. (You might have to try several flavors, depending on how picky an eater he is - Silhouette won't touch the chicken flavored ones, but loves the salmon.)
gamiila
Oct. 30th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
That's a really good suggestion. Thank you!
__kali__
Oct. 30th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
I tend to only put out a tiny bit of food for Bilbo with the medication in it (Literally a couple of mouthfuls) and once that's been eaten put out the rest of his food.
gamiila
Oct. 30th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Good idea, I'll try that!

I've still got to work out how to feed Leila her low magnesium diet for cats with urinary tract problems, and Manasse his new diet for cats with cardiomyopathy, and keep them from raiding each other's bowls, though.

If only I could have stopped at one cat...
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