|A coat rack makes a good IV (or subQ) stand.|
Jay is home! He is not quite himself, but much better than he was. I think the vet released him a little earlier because he knew I couldn't afford a huge bill. He sent him home with liquid pain meds, some muscle relaxant capsules, and a bag of fluid. I've given him meds before, and had no trouble with the oral prescriptions - just scruff the cat and quickly put it down his throat. Give him a treat after and he'll even come running when you call, "Time for your medicine!"
The subcutaneous fluids were a bit of a challenge. I got a towel for my lap and enlisted my daughter to keep him occupied with treats. I grabbed the loose skin around his shoulder area like the pet nurse showed me and inserted the needle. To my surprise, he barely seemed to notice. When we turned on the drip he freaked out. He leaped out of my lap and darted across the room. When I located the end of the tube I saw fluid streaming, not dripping, so he must not have liked the sensation of it gushing into him. The office is closed tomorrow, so I can't ask how to slow it down. I'll re-read the literature they gave me and / or Google. I do know that some of the fluid ended up in the right place because my daughter saw a bubble on his shoulder. Hooray! I did it right! We'll try again tomorrow.