I need to give my cat ear medicine because he previously had ear mites (before adoption, he was a stray), and his eye medicine because he has herpes induced conjunctivitis, which isn't serious yet, but once in a while you can make out he closes one a little more than the other.
I've had a look at the videos I was able to find through google, and understand the basic "scarf technique" for restraining a cat using a towel. The issues I am having:
My cat is not even a little interested in sitting still on a towel -- I pick him up, and place him in the middle of a laid out towel, and he's already struggling to leap away.
I tried giving him treats whenever he plops down on a towel, but as soon as I begin wrapping, he's well on his way to running away
The "Y" finger hold around his neck doesn't get him to be still as I try to wrap him up
My take on the issue is that my relationship with him is still new: I only adopted him about 10 days ago. He has been a total blast so far: got used to the new house within a couple of days (he started playing with me in his safe room in the first hour he was home!), uses the litter box like a champ, absolutely loves cuddles and playing, eats food, drinks water, leaves people alone when they are sleeping -- basically, does everything without any of the difficulties I was warned about.
However, he still doesn't trust me much, it seems, given his behaviour with the towel...so, maybe that's a hint we are still "new"? What am I supposed to do though, if he really needs his medicine? How do I get him to understand that I promise I would not hurt him? I can't. He doesn't understand words.
Is my theory about being in a new relationship with a cat correct? I don't think it is, because vets are able to do what they need to with new animals all the time, but I simply do not have the training of a vet. What are my options?