Belle Belle completed her final dose of antibiotics on Friday and the following day, I let her have her freedom outside the house.
She had been cooped up again inside her cage after the latest visit to the vet. He administered two injections - an antibiotic shot for the infection and an anti-parasite shot to take care of the ear mite issue.
Belle Belle was also prescribed with anti-histamines (anti-itch to prevent her from scratching her ear while she is recovering) and antibiotics. To feed her the tablets, I had to do it the sneaky way - by placing the (small) pills in her food.
There is no way I could put the pills down her throat the way the vet does, in fact even he has trouble because the feisty Belle Belle spit out her tablet (during an earlier visit) three times before it successfully made it down her throat.
Through trial and error, I got the hang of getting Belle Belle to take her tablets. What I do is divide her wet food into two portions.
The antibiotic which I feel is more critical than the anti-histamine goes first. I place the antibiotic on top of the food and cover it with some small bits of food. That way, when Belle Belle wolfs down her food (that's how she eats hah..hah...) the first mouthful (including the antibiotic) gets swallowed.
When she is done with the first portion (which acts like an appetizer) she is in a frenzy for more food. That is when I give her the second serving. Same method - anti-histamine right on top and covered with some food. Again, it gets wolfed down and swallowed without her tasting and detecting the medicine.
This method worked like a charm. In the past, the inexperienced me simply buried the pill inside the food. In the process of eating, she would discover the tablet and spit or avoid it.
And then I even ground the pill and mixed it into the food, rendering the food unpalatable. She refused to feed. Haiz...
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Belle Belle is all good now, her ear is clean and no longer wet and weepy. No more stinky smell and I could even give her a kiss and take a sniff of the top of her head. Belle Belle you smell so nice now!
She is quite obedient, doesn't make too much noise unless if she is hungry and does not need much encouragement to go into her cage.
Her fur is very nice and fluffy now and no longer has wet spots. I see her grooming herself very frequently.
While in quarantine (hah..hah...) I allowed her time outside her cage so that she can move around freely and also for her to use the litter box.
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Belle Belle took to the tofu litter very quickly, maybe because she didn't have a choice.
I had to remove the rim of the litterbox because Belle Belle is quite clumsy and in the past she has done her business on the rim rather than inside the box.
She is quite attached to her cage. Often I find her sitting right outside the cage and as soon as I open the door, she enters and settles right in.
Now where is Girl?
She is very alert as all cats are and woke up immediately while I was sneaking up on her. Go back to sleep Girl!