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« on: February 01, 2012, 11:34:16 AM »

Kozy has had a squinty left eye off and on since we got him last April.  He often has eye crusties, too.  I've been giving him L-lysine everyday for several months.  Sunday he started squinting again and yesterday he had a white discharge.  He's sneezed a few times but he's eating and drinking normally.  Late yesterday afternoon I noticed he was shying away from my hand when I tried to wipe his eye and he's always let me clean it before so I was worried that this time it might be a scratch. 

I called the vet and of course my vet is out of the office until next week but the sub was there and I had the option of taking him right then or waiting until Thursday.  I really didn't want to go out yesterday, I've been sick since Sunday with a nasty cold.  (The tech said I could wear my bunny slippers if I wanted Cheesy )  But I knew I shouldn't wait, so I gathered my courage and bribed him upstairs to the room where his carrier was.  I used his favorite toy to distract him and when the moment was right I picked him up, set him in, and closed it up!  Voila!  Good Boy Kozy!  And then he freaked out, doing sommersaults and yelling very loudly.  I was worried he would hurt himself but by the time we were in the car he had settled down.

The tech had told me to come in the back door to avoid a longer walk.  Got us into a room and let him out onto the floor where he tried to hide in the corner.  The AWESOME tech slowly approached him with a towel and got him bundled up without a peep.  They examined his eyes and his mouth, palpated him, dosed him with eye ointment (no scratch seen, mild conjunctivitis), and clipped his toenails.  I love this office, they are soooo good with the cats.  He never struggled but he did look quite scared.  Whew!  What a relief.  Once we got home, he was back to his usual self.  I was afraid he'd be under the bed for a few days but no, he was very friendly and seemed happy Smiley

Now comes the hard part.  DH and I have to give him the ointment 2x a day.  This morning Kozy won.  He went flying the second I got close to his eye, twice.  I knew it was a lost cause at that point.  But we will try again tonight, using a towel.  But I don't have much optimism. 

On the way home from the vet I remembered that I had left a pan of water (for my stuffy nose) simmering on the stove Angry Huh Tongue Embarrassed   Omg,  I can't believe I went off and left it going!  Thankfully, it was 1/2 full and on low so no harm done.  Ugh.



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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2012, 12:43:59 PM »

That does sound like a very awesome tech! (Can you clone him/her and send copies to the rest of us LOL?)  I'm very glad to hear that the visit didn't disturb Kozy to the degree that he hid once he was at home.  Good boy, Kozy!

I'm glad it wasn't a serious problem, but I feel for you having to do the eye ointment on this skittish boy.  It certainly sounds like a two-person job (one to capture and hold, one to administer.)  How many days?  You will perfect your skills with repetition, but as I know from unfortunate experience, so will Kozy.  Thank goodness they clipped his nails; that will make it a little easier because he won't be able to tear you to shreds.

These poor kitties who stress about the carrier and are hard to get hold of. Cry  It's so stressful to us when we have to do it, too.
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2012, 01:23:34 PM »

I'm so glad Kozy was able to resume his routine when he got back and wasn't overly upset by the experience! It's always such a challenge with these cats who go into total freak-out fromt he time the carrier door creaks open...
Remarkable that you were able to handle all this while you have a cold!

Good wishes for success in medicating the eye and for Kozy to have quick recovery!
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2012, 03:07:41 PM »

Eek the carrier freak-out...you have more courage than I do...
Maybe when Kozy is napping and groggy, you can sneak the med on the eyes faster than he can react.   
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2012, 03:08:50 PM »

Bisi freaks out like that in the carrier....on the way home.  Tongue  I'm glad Kozy settled down for you and the vet got a good look at him.  I hope his eye gets better quickly.
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2012, 05:15:53 PM »

Very glad Kozy is ok and didn't freak out when he got home ! Good luck with the ointment though  Roll Eyes. Didn't someone on here use a pillow case successfully ?
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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2012, 07:00:55 PM »

Glad it was nothing too serious with Kozy's eye.  I know that putting drops or ointments in the eye is a challenge. Try wrapping him in a towel and the one administering the ointment try to approach from the back instead of head-on. Sometimes you can surprise them this way.  Good luck!   Tongue
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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2012, 07:06:51 PM »

Wow, that actually sounds like a really smooth visit!  Way to go!

I have a spare room if your tech needs a place to stay.  In Tokyo.   Smiley

What a relief about the water.  I can totally understand though - you were so focused on your baby! 


Wishing you the best of luck with the ointment.  I'm sure looking forward to the upcoming stories.   Grin
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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2012, 09:20:44 AM »

Your vet clinic sounds fantastic.....Im so jealous!  Errr...not jealous for having to give meds though.  I wonder like Meowli, if you catch him while he is groggy with sleep, maybe you could sneak it in real quick?  For some reason, thats when I can get the most work done on Sophs, hair mats, toe nails...teefies.  I hope you get better from that cold really soon, it sucks to be sick.   Kiss

ETA:  And not only was Kozy good, you were very, very bwave for tackling the vet appointment on your own.  We are proud of you!  Kiss
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« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2012, 12:20:44 PM »

Thanks for your well wishes and suggestions.  We did get the ointment in his eyes last night but it was very stressful for all of us Embarrassed  I attempted to corral him like the tech did, but the room proved to be too large and we just kept going in circles.  Kozy was terrified and yowling.  DH wanted to stop but I was determined.  Finally DH was able to stop him, I got the towel around him and he didn't move!  After I got the ointment in his eyes he made a beeline for under the bed so I figured we wouldn't see him for a while but 10 minutes later he was on the couch between us, purring Smiley  

We opted not to put him through it again this morning but we might try again tonight.  His eyes look much better.  He's been racing around the house all morning.

Yes, I did attempt the ointment while he was sleeping.  Big fail.  He is on guard, even asleep.

Yes it sucks to be sick!  I want my mommy, LOL Cheesy  But DH is taking good care of me.  (He should, he gave it to me!)  We are under a Winter Storm Warning, expecting up to 14" of snow by tomorrow night.  I won't be shoveling.
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« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2012, 02:14:13 PM »

Oh gosh I can just so imagine that.   Tongue

But super cute that Kozy forgave you in only 10 minutes!   Cheesy   That's great that his eyes are already looking better!

I hope you feel better soon, too.   Kiss

(He should, he gave it to me!)

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« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2012, 09:00:07 AM »

Congrats on the smooth vet visit, and getting that ointment in last night!  The cat burrito trick with a towel works wonders for scaredy cats.  Maybe after the ointment, you can give him a few minutes then give him a treat of some food he really likes.  That might help take a little of the "bad" out of the experience for him.
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« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2012, 10:06:44 AM »

Thanks August and petslave.  We haven't given him any more med, DH was very reluctant to do it last night so I said okay, but if the eye looks worse in the AM, then we HAVE to give it to him 2X a day.  Well, this AM it still looks good!  I think we are in the clear.



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« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2012, 03:26:14 PM »

Happy news that Kozy's eye is better and he is coming back quickly to a purring state after resisting the medication so much!
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« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2012, 05:45:23 PM »

How's Kozy's eye doing?  Hope its all better as well as that darn cold you have!
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