Newton has a problem. He doesn’t think it’s a problem. He thinks it’s a human problem, but either way, he won’t take medicine. He is also too strong to wrap in a towel to make a “kitty burrito.” He escapes, and hurts me in his panic to get free.
Thankfully, he doesn’t need medication for anything ongoing, but the last time he needed to take pills and refused to take them hidden in pill pockets, the attempt to put him into a towel burrito took two people and ultimately failed. He’s stronger than a cat several times his size!
So instead of something like this:
The result was more like this:
I have been looking for another solution to this for years. Sooner or later, he will need medication again, and I worry about not being able to administer it.
When I heard about the Kruuse Buster vet examination bag, I was pretty excited. A strong nylon bag with wide velcro fasteners that holds itself shut, unlike a towel, seemed like an answer to my worries. Since it’s a veterinary product, it even has openings for injections and zippers for accessing any of the four paws while a kitty is safely inside. I couldn’t wait to try it.
Newton wasn’t quite as enthusiastic as I was about the whole idea.
I don’t have any photos of my first, overconfident attempt to get him into the bag because it was just me, and I still didn’t have enough hands to both get him inside the bag and secure the velcro before he slipped out. He is so strong that I couldn’t hold him still.
The second attempt, Newton wasn’t feeling any more cooperative, but I had a second pair of hands to help me keep Newton in the bag until I got him fastened in. Unlike the towel burrito, once he was in the bag, he was well contained. He tried hard to get back out, but the velcro held him safely and securely, must to his disgust.
I now know that if I need to give Newton medication, I have a plan to get it into him. He won’t be able to put his paw between my hand with the pill and his mouth.
Of course I don’t want the cat equivalent of the straitjacket to be necessary to medicate him. I hope it won’t be. But I can sleep a lot better knowing that I have a plan in case medication becomes necessary again.
FTC Disclosure: We received our Buster Exam Bag feeder at no charge from Buster in exchange for our honest review. Receiving free product did not influence anything we say. All opinions expressed on this site are always our own.
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