Oscar, our cat, has been a bit under the weather.

We first noticed that he was breathing very fast when we returned from Taiwan. After a few tests and a chest x-ray, we learned that he had a very severe chest infection.

After much improvement during the first half of his course of antibiotics , he took a turn for the worst, which prompted several trips to the vet and even more medicine.

What I hadn’t expected was to be given the AeroKat, an asthma inhaler, and a few words of encouragement.

At first glance, the AeroKat looks an awful lot like Austin Powers’ Swedish Enlarger.

Further inspection reveals that it is, in fact, Canadian.

The AeroKat comes with convenient instructions; so convenient, they’re printed right on it and seemingly don’t require words. While one could read the enclosed insert for further detail. I’m reasonably confident it doesn’t include anything about bloodshed.

(note: for our purposes, diagrams are numbered 1 through 3, going from left to right.

As I see it, this set of diagrams is sorely lacking in a few key points about using the AeroKat. It focuses on all thr wrong stuff. Removing the cap on the inhaler (picture 1) and inserting the inhaler into the AeroKat (picture 2) are the least of your worries if you actually have to use the darned thing.

That brings us to picture 3.
In this diagram, the human dispenses the inhaler into the AeroKat chamber using a single hand to discharge the inhaler, dispensing medication to a cat who willingly inserts its face into AeroKat’s comfy mask and accepts the medication into its visible set of lungs.

What the directions fail to highlight is that this is the step where it all gets violent and complicated.

The human must hold the mask area tightly on to the cat’s face, discharging the inhaler into the chamber. This cannot be done with a single hand on the inhaler, as the diagram suggests. Should the mask lose contact with the cat’s face, you get to start all over again.

Once the inhaler is discharged, the human must cling onto the cat for dear life as he takes his next five breaths and sticks his claws in your flesh and wriggles around like mad.

I have found that this task is best achieved by holding the cat against my leg. I have also found that wearing my work clothes is less preferable, but in the absence of riot gear, they’re not a bad option.

The AeroKat does not come with a supply of Band-Aids; although, it might be a nice effort if it did.

Fortunately, the cat is already back on the mend. The medication via AeroKat has helped him significantly, so perhaps I won’t be needing all that Neosporin.


6 thoughts on “AeroKat!

  1. ah, yes. I've had similar experiences. it sucks – but hopefully he gets better soon and it won't matter. wrapping cat in towel can sometimes work – but sometimes you can get through the 5 breaths fast enough (though with injuries), that it isn't work going through the towel effort.poor kitty. poor you.

  2. Bloody hilarious observations. Im about yo embark on an Aerokat adventure of my own and shall be purchasing riot gear. Might I suggest lining mask with catnip or something the cat would love to shove his face in? I plan to wrap my big fluffy champagne coloured long haired Boof in a towel to restrain legs leaving only his head exposed. This works for meds with me and the cats feel snuggly. Try a faux mink blanket as a buffer if they shred said towels. Off I go now to take your advice on how to deal with the missing step. Hope my ideas help you too. Ill let you know how it works 🙂

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