As I mentioned in my prior post, I have been administering pills to my neighbour's cat, Chester. This morning was our 2nd and last encounter. It went a lot faster today. Yesterday I spent time cuddling him up, but it didn't make any difference. In fact, he was more stand-offish afterwards as compared to today went I headed straight for the task; no monkeying around.
After getting him settled on my lap, I pried open his mouth, popped the pill down, massaged his throat, dropped him back on the floor and jumped up to leave.
He had nothing to say but headed for his scratch pad.
My mission is accomplished and my neighbour's will return today.
I wonder if Chester will miss me...probably not.
Okay, so it's hard enough giving your own cat a pill but what about giving a pill to a cat you barely know?
My neighbours were out for the week-end and called upon me to administer the last of Chester's meds. Chester is a beautiful male cat who loves to body-check. While hanging around the house on my prior cat sitting adventures, he seemed to love to body-check me. Never met a cat who liked doing that as much as Chester.
Yet hangin' around to give out a few treats is quite a bit different from shoving a pill down his throat.
My first question was, "Can I do it?" Chris, my neighbour, gave me the 101 on opening his jaw and throwing the pill down his throat. While watching I could not help but notice those nice, long, lean, finely sharpened teeth...(eek).
So this morning at 6 a.m. I headed over to their house. I started off by re-introducing myself to Chester and pretending to be a sweet neighbour; not someone who was just about to tie him down and pry his mouth open.
After two failed attempts with the pink pill rolling sideways to the ground, I envisioned myself writing a note to say I was not successful. I even searched their utensil drawer wondering if I could smash the pill and give it to him another way. After picking up the end of "I don't know what" I decided that wouldn't work.
I gave it one more try...and with some luck got that done.....Whew.
Afterwards we sat on the chairs next to the wall in the dining room looking at each other.
Me: Sorry, I had to be so mean
Chester: You's is mean.
Me: Well, you know, you gotta do what you gotta do
Chester: You's is mean.
Me: I know. Life is good though, right.
Chester: Who are you kidding?
Me: Well, I was reading in the buddha book you gotta take the bad with the good.
Chester: Sounds pretty profound.
Me: So, that means all medicines are good for you.
Chester: Typical female twisting the whole thing around.
So now for tomorrow's adventures in giving more meds to Chester. As I left, Chester was sharpening his claws in preparation for the next encounter. Smart cat.
The Journey So Far
- Heather Morton
- is a perennial teacher and devoted student of yoga. Having made 18 extended trips to India she studies with her teachers annually. In 1997 she founded and directed The Yoga Way (TYW), Toronto's only school for 6-week yoga programs and not drop-in classes. For 15 years, TYW was a part of the growing Toronto yoga community and supported many charities by offering karma classes. As a teacher she holds many academic degrees including a BFA (Fine Arts in Theatre) and a Masters of Education. With a published thesis on Yoga for Children in School, her post-graduate work was a 2-year ethnographic project in the Indian school system. Heather has produced 2 dvds, meditation cds, a backbending manual and podcasts. Freedom of the Body DVD is the first of its kind as an instructional practice to the backbends of yoga. Heather has been featured in the Toronto Life magazine, The Globe & Mail, Yoga4Everybody and other on-line sources. She contributes to MindBodyGreen, Hello Yoga in Japan and Elephant Journal. She writes to inspire and share her experiences with others on yoga as a life's practice.
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