I'm taking a mini-vacation now, at my friend Jodi's house in Virginia--you know, the fun exciting world of reading manuscripts and knitting! =) We are such exciting people.
Jodi, however, owns seven ferrets, and they are quite fun! I am a new and exciting thing to climb on. Trying to crawl up my the legs of my jeans is an exciting game! Trying to inspect under the back of my shirt is even more thrilling to them! And one of them, Miss Suzi, has decided that it is her mission in life to scale my shirt by climbing directly upwards on my chest, although I have tried to deter her since oh my, ferret claws are sharp.
Anyway, while I'm away, I present to you the following guest blog written by my husband, Chris, about Zoe. She has allergies, by the way.
Here's what Chris has to say:
"Jenny took Zoe to the vet on Wednesday. The vet thought that the reason she's been coughing and trying to scratch her nose on everything is that she has allergies. The best thing to do, the vet said, is to give her some Benadryl. Now, instead of buying the pills, cutting one in half, and giving her half a pill in her food, the vet thought it would be easier to buy the children's liquid Benadryl and give her 3 cc's of that every day.
"What flavor of Benadryl do cats like the best?" Jenny asked.
"They hate all of them. Just pick one," the vet replied.
So, I went to the pharmacy to get some. My options were cherry and bubblegum. The cherry might at least taste like an actual food, so I picked that.
The next day, Jenny left for the conference in the morning, so I was going to be stuck giving Zoe her first dose myself on thursday night. I knew this would be trouble, so first I spent some time getting everything prepared. I put some milk in a bowl, for her to drink afterward to get the taste out of her mouth. I got some treats to give her beforehand, so she knows that medicine time is a fun time. Finally, I filled the syringe with 3 cc's of the vibrantly red liquid Benadryl, which as expected didn't really smell like cherries but rather like cherry cough syrup.
Zoe ate her treats happily, and then I went for the kitten headlock. Now, the kitten headlock is actually somewhat hard to pull off one handed, and she managed to wriggle away from me the first time before I could get the medicine near her. After a short chase, I caught her again and managed to get a fairly secure grip. I then started trying to jam the syringe into her closed mouth. She did her best to resist, but during one attempt to bite me I managed to get it in her mouth and squirt one cc in. She immediately wrenched her head away and about half of it sprayed out on the floor. The other half, however, began to have an interesting effect. Zoe started making spitting sounds, and began foaming at the mouth. A lot. The resultant bubbly drool fell out of her mouth and made a decent sized pile on the welcome mat. I have never seen a cat drool that much. Even for a dog it would have been impressive. I tried to give her some milk after that, but she just sniffed it and I don't think she trusted me anymore. She retreated to the living room to go sulk and glare at me."