Lola really doesn’t enjoy getting her medicine. You’d think that by now she’d be used to it. She’s been getting it twice a day for about half a year now after all.
But she still hates it.
If she thinks we might be about to medicate her she’ll run away from us, even if we’re only bending down to stroke her. She’ll yell in annoyance if we pick her up. And when it comes time to medicate her (we use a syringe to give her the medicine by mouth) she will lift her front paw and try to bat the syringe away.
Another common tactic she employs is appealing to our softer sides. Lola has noticed that if she is doing something adorable, we’re less likely to disturb her. Whether it’s dozing in her princess pod, flopping in the corner and asking for tummy rubs (that one is risky, because she’s very catchable like that!), or finding a cozy space to look sweet in.
That last one is the technique she implemented last night when we were ready to give her the evening dose. The cardboard box is one that my mum packaged Christmas presents in to send to us. For whatever reason it had been left on the floor and not put away. And of course Lola noticed that it was exactly the right size for her. Almost as if it had been made to measure!
She certainly did look cute in the box, as you can see. Almost too cute to medicate! Of course she did still get her medication. It’s good for her, so she needs to have it. Plus she thought we’d given up and, believing herself to be safe from the horrible medicine, got up and out of the box of her own accord.
She wasn’t very impressed when we medicated her!
Do your cats use their cuteness to get their own way? What are their tricks to avoid medication?