Not Cool For Cats


Who decided you can give animals tablets?

Today we tried and failed to worm our two cats. Even with Julie holding a squirming cat and me in charge of prizing open its jaws, we didn’t manage it. I pushed that tablet as far down each cat’s throat as I could but it simply can’t be done. One of our cats, Memphis, is now an expert at getting the tablet to the front of his mouth, flicking his head sideways and spitting the tablet across the kitchen.

When you tell the vet what a failure you’ve been, they give you a puzzled look then humiliate you by opening the cat’s mouth and dropping the tablet in without you or the cat even noticing!

Now the vet has an unfair advantage. The cat he’s dealing with is a different cat to the one we try to worm. We pick up a cat from it’s own territory where it thinks it’s in charge and try to dominate it. The cat the vet deals with has just been released from a small box after a terrifying ride in a car to a strange place full of other animals including dogs! The cat he’s giving a tablet to is scared out of it’s mind, timid and on it’s best behaviour.

Tablets are a great way to give drugs to humans. Just because these animals live with humans doesn’t mean they can take tablets like us. No farmer would worm two hundred head of cattle by tipping each one’s head back and giving it a tablet. A cow is a lot less aggressive than an angry cat and even they have to be restrained in a steel frame that squeezes them so they can’t move.

Unless someone comes up with a similar device for restraining cats or you can buy a domestic version of a tranquilizer gun to dart them with from a safe distance, the vet will be giving our cats all of their tables from now on.

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