Megat got the bandage as the vet could not get enough blood for his blood test last Monday. The vet kept tapping on his vein and Megat was only able to give him a smidgeon of blood. Of course he had to give more and the vet took some more blood from his other leg. he was very quiet during the whole operation. There was not even one sound or one movement. "Wah...good cat," the vet said.
I put Megat on the table as he likes it here. he would usually just sit here in the middle of the family chat or dinner. I turned over the cloth and Toro decided he would sleep on the table too. This was a real surprise for me when megat did not protest and allowed Toro to sit with him. Of couse I figured this may not be the best place to do the sub q by then.
They are still there now, sleeping like next to each other. I am still surprised as usually one of them (usually Toro) would have to give up his space to Megat who would chase everyone off the bed. I would like to think that Toro knew that Megat needed company for tonight :))
He has not yet gotten out of the bedroom and I think he would not go out voluntarily although he did allow me to pet him and also did not move away when I sat with him on the bed.
Like I suspected the sub q would be rather trying for the 3 of us (Cousin R, Megat and myself). I read an account of how to do the sub q on the internet and scrutinsed all the pictures carefully. I then discovered that the part that made me nervous was not putting in the needle but the set up of the whole contraption and having to move the rollers up and down. I am especially nervous of the IV that I had gottten from the hospital but the pictures were helpful and I would have to do the actual thing myself (with the hospital IVs etc on Friday) before I can truly say that I am not afraid. :)
The mistake that I made tonight was sequestering all the boys in a separate room. This made Megat really suspicious and no amount of treats was going to placate him. I got him on the table (again) and used the cotton swab from the vet to clean up the area that I was going to inject him. He ran off like lightning into the computer room. Yeah! This is Megat! Not that docile kitty sitting pretttily on the vet's table!
I followed him and sat with hm for another 10 minutes. meanwhile Cousin R came in and closed the door. We sat together watching TV. Cousin R had to hold him down gently while I inserted the needle under his skin. My heart was beating but I figured I had to do it for him. Then once I had the needle under his skin, Cousin R had to raise up the IV so there would be an easier and faster flow. It took us about 5 minutes with Megat trying to escape periodically. I soothed him and then I had to be more firm as he decided he would try to run off.
Finally Cousin R said "okay" and I took out the needle, forgetting that she had move the roller to the off position. Poor Megat got a little drenched. I then massaged his side gently and after a few minutes I allowed him to hide. He did come out for some treats but is even now, in the bedroom resting.
So its true. I am not afraid of inserting the needle but I am just uncertain of getting the whole set up right. But it will get better I am sure.
So I think this was quite a success. I finally found the courage and steady hands to help poor Megat get better. :)