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How to give your cat a Pill

There comes a time when you have to give your cat medication, so how do you give your cat a pill?

Giving a cat a pill can be a nightmare.  No cat wants something shoved down his throat, and he will fight you tooth and nail to prevent it. Although most cats are small in size, you’d be quite amazed with how much power they actually have.  There are ways that you can get your cat to take his pills, which we will cover below.

The easiest way to give a cat pill is to crush the power into a powdery form by putting it between two spoons.  Once the pill is powder, mix it in with some wet cat food.  Cats that are used to eating dry cat food will see the wet food and think of it as a treat.  They will normally eat it up, unaware that they just took their medicine.

If the medicine happens to be in capsule form, all you have to do is pry the capsule apart then sprinkle the medicine on some wet food and serve it to your pet.  If the food also contains the pill or if your pet is sick, chances are he won’t eat it.  In this event, you should look into a pet piller.  You can get these handy devices from your veterinarian.  They are plastic rods that hold the pill until you press a plunger.  When you get one, you should always get a long one with a softer tip.

Pet Piller

publisher: JORGENSEN LABS

ASIN: B0002YFRMU

 

A simple instrument used to administer pills and capsules to dogs and cats. Accepts most sizes of pills or capsules. 4″ long.

 

When you get your gun, your vet should show you how to use it.  The most difficult aspect of using the gun is getting your cat to open his mouth.  The gun will more or less shoot the pill in the cat’s mouth, and down his throat.  You’ll need to hold him tight, to make sure that he doesn’t wiggle his way loose.  Once you have his mouth open, you’ll need to squeeze the trigger and pull the gun away quickly.  After the pill has been inserted, make sure you give your cat a treat.

If you aren’t comfortable using the gun, you can always try giving your cat his pills by hand.  To do it this way, you’ll need to hold your cat still, and open his mouth with your hand.  Once you have his mouth open, you should aim for the back of his throat and throw the pill in.  Once it is in his mouth, you should close his mouth with your hand and hold it shut for a few moments.  This way, your cat will swallow the pill if he hasn’t already.

How to give your cat a pill

 

If you look around the market you can find other ways of giving your cat its medication.

Pill Pockets for Cats – Salmon – 45 count
publisher: Pill Pockets
ASIN: B00061MVTG

No mess, no stress. Contains probiotics. Pill pockets eliminate the need for owners to force a pill down their pet’s throat or wrap it in fattening table food. The patented design of the pocket accepts all standard size medications and the softness of this unique formula allows the end of the pocket to be pinched closed, holding the medicine until swallowed.

If you can’t get any of the above techniques to work, you can always go to a local pharmacy and get them to a make flavored gel or liquid using your cats medication.  You should use this as a last resort though, as it can tend to get expensive.

 

How a Cat Helps a Boy with Autism

Pets, especially a cat or a dog, can have a quite unexpected effect on people.

A person can tell a pet things that they would never tell another human being knowing that their secret is safe.  A pet can help people express emotions as they are never judgemental.

For a fine example check out the article below.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2175416/Boy-say-I-love-disorder-taught-emotions–pet-cat.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

 

 

How to Choose the Right Dry Cat Food for your Cat

It is important to choose the right dry cat food for your cat. When you come to feed your cat you will want to give it the best ingredients to ensure a long, healthy life. It is easy to think that all cat food is the same, but this is not the case.

Cats have a variety of nutritional needs and it’s important that you find a food that will meet all of those needs. Choosing the wrong dry cat food can have lasting consequences for your cat’s health. The type of food you choose now could influence your pet’s health when he’s older.

Before you make a decision about changing your cat’s diet, you need to check with your vet. If your cat has an underlying medical condition already, it will have different nutritional needs than a perfectly healthy cat.

It’s best to skip warehouses or grocery store chains when looking for cat food. While they offer a variety of seemingly healthy foods, the truth is that most of these “healthy” choice pet foods just aren’t that healthy. Instead, look for premium cat food. You can usually find it in pet shops or online stores. Don’t immediately go for the cheapest when it comes to cat food, either. Cheapest doesn’t always mean it’ll keep your pet healthy.

Tips for Choosing Cat food.

1. Look first at the ingredients list on the package of dry cat food. The first ingredient should be some type of meat. If it’s not, keep looking. Whatever is listed first makes up the majority of content in the food. After finding a package with meat as the first ingredient, study the rest of the list carefully. Ideally, the ingredient list should contain several types of meat and little to no food-based plants like corn or wheat. Corn and wheat are carbohydrates and a cat’s body isn’t designed to handle carbohydrates, so if your dry food is made up of mainly plant food, skip it. Your cat will be healthier for it and meat is the essential ingredient in a cat\’s diet. Their bodies are designed for protein, which they receive from the meat that they eat.

2. Try to find a cat food that fits the stage of life your cat is at. For instance, a senior cat will have vastly different nutritional needs than a kitten. Try to remember that it is important that you buy the best food for the stage of life your cat is at.

Once you’ve selected the best dry cat food for your pet, it’s important to remember some things. First, always make sure that your cat has plenty of available water. In the wild, a cat’s diet contains a significant amount of water. Dry food simply can’t provide the amount of water your cat will need and can lead to problems with his bowels. Make sure the water is clean, if you wouldn’t drink it, don’t expect your cat to.

It is best not to leave food constantly accessible to your cat. Instead, have a regular mealtime schedule and stick to it. By doing this, you’ll also be able to observe your cat’s eating habits and you’ll know if your cat stops eating, which is usually the first sign of illnes.

ZiwiPeak Real Meat Grain-Free Air-Dried Raw Cat Food, Venison Recipe, 14oz

publisher: ZiwiPeak Limited

ASIN: B002AYIJNY

The food in each bag of ZiwiPeak ‘Daily-Cat’ Cuisine is the product of gently air-dried raw materials (ranch-raised muscle meat, green tripe and internal organs, all hormone- and anti-biotic free) and is the only raw shelf-stable diet in the world. ZiwiPeak products are formulated to reflect the diet that cats would subsist on hunting in the wild – it’s the diet nature intended. The Natural Real Raw Meat philosophy that is at the core of all ZiwiPeak products promotes proper digestion, general well-being, and low stool volume. It also boosts vitality, supports a healthy coat and skin, freshens breath, and is suitable for feeding at all life stages. Energize your pets with a complete balanced diet packed with green tripe, muscle meat, and all-natural ingredients.

ZiwiPeak Real Meat Grain-Free Air-Dried Raw Cat Food, Lamb Recipe, 14oz

publisher: ZiwiPeak Limited

ASIN: B002AY97NA

 

The food in each bag of ZiwiPeak ‘Daily-Cat’ Cuisine is the product of gently air-dried raw materials (ranch-raised muscle meat, green tripe and internal organs, all hormone- and anti-biotic free) and is the only raw shelf-stable diet in the world. ZiwiPeak products are formulated to reflect the diet that cats would subsist on hunting in the wild – it’s the diet nature intended. The Natural Real Raw Meat philosophy that is at the core of all ZiwiPeak products promotes proper digestion, general well-being, and low stool volume. It also boosts vitality, supports a healthy coat and skin, freshens breath, and is suitable for feeding at all life stages. Energize your pets with a complete balanced diet packed with green tripe, muscle meat, and all-natural ingredients.

How to Win Over a Nervous Cat

When you first get your cat it may not be the cuddly little ball of fur that you imagined it would be. You probably thought that it would be ready and willing to accept affection whenever you chose to give it. Some cats however, are very shy by nature, these are the ones that will hide and act scared of you if you look at them. Below are a couple of ideas that may help with the problem.

It is not unusual for a cat to be cautious and timed for the first couple of weeks or so in its new home. The more contact a cat has with humans the less timed it will be. Do not force the issue; instead give your cat a little space. Your kitten will probably approach you once he becomes sure of its new surroundings.

If you have a particular nervous cat, one way to gradually get a cat used to petting is to gently wrap your pet in a thick towel, to prevent it from scratching you, and gently stroke its head. Talk to your cat softly as you do so. Set aside a time each day to perform this bonding ritual and your shy cat may grow to trust you enough to stroke it without the towel, remember patience pays.

Bribery can often work wonders with nervous cats. Try offering a tempting healthy treat, if your cat is hungry enough to overcome its fear and stay still to eat its treat, stroke it gently, don’t make sudden movements! You may have to persevere, but often your pet will eventually accept and enjoy your petting.

Never lose patience, and remember that your nervous cat is not rejecting you, it is just an in built protective reaction to something that has given it cause to be wary of humans. Love and perseverance will often win the day, and you will be rewarded by your cat’s affection

PetFusion Cat Scratcher Lounge

PetFusion Cat Scratcher Lounge
publisher: PetFusion
ASIN: B004X6UEH6
Tired of purchasing cat products that your feline loved ones get bored of, quickly? PetFusion’s Cat Scratcher Lounge serves double duty as both a cat scratcher and lounge that promises to keep your finicky companions coming back for more!

Custom made for cats who enjoy scratching, playing, and lounging around (what cats don’t :)! Cats love the feel of cardboard, recalling their days as kittens, and are natural scratchers. PetFusion’s Cat Scratcher Lounge offers your cats a comfortable place to rest and scratch at the same time.

Designed for owners looking to reclaim their homes! Finally a pet product with a stylish design that flows with your home decor. Instead of scratching your furniture, your cats will be more than happy to scratch the less expensive and better feeling cardboard. A win win situation for all!

Happier cat and owner guaranteed.

No assembly required.

Lillies are Dangerous to Your Cat’s Health

I was reading a letter in a magazine recently and came across the fact that lillies can make your cat very poorly, something that I had never heard of before, below is an article that I found about the subject. Definately something any cat owner should be aware of.

Beautiful Lillies and Your Cat

Author:

keisha

Lillies are considered some of the most beautiful flowers in the world. They are, but they are also very deadly to our feline companions. I have seen a few in my years at Veterinarian emergency clinics. Tiger Lillies, Day Lillies, Easter Lillies and Japanese show lillies are some of the most commonly seen poison plants in this group. If you have feline companions you should definatly keep these plants in a place that is not accessable to them. Or not have them at all.

If you see your cat eat a lilly or see remnants of lilly materials in vomit, Call your veterinarian as soon as possible. If your regular veterinarian is not available, contact your local Emergency Clinic. It is not just the flower or stem or leaf, The Entire Plant is toxic to felines. Including the bulb of the plant. Even if you see the cat take a nibble and all the pieces are there, I still suggest contacting a veterinarian to be on the safe side.

Usually signs of toxicosis seen, are between the first two to three hours after initial ingestion. That is not to say you will not see them sooner. First you may see anorexia, lethargy, depression, and vomiting. Something that is concerning here is that the vomiting stops after three days. Most people I know would not allow there cat to vomit for three days, but like  I have said multiple times, every situation is different. If you have been away and your pet sitter did not know your pet was vomiting. Every situation is different.

The sooner you can have your feline seen by a veterinarian the better. In extreme cases, sever signs include paralysis, respiratory problems, seizure activity, and or swelling of the face and paws. In some cases you may see some of these signs as well as the signs previously mentioned.

Ultimately what lilies will do to the companion feline is cause Renal Failure. It can also progress to chronic renal failure issues. Another issue that may be prevalent is Pancreatitis. These are issued caused directly and indirectly by ingestion of lilies. Renal Failure can ultimately lead to death if not treated. There is no at home remedy for this toxicosis. Our recommendation is to have a Veterinarian attend to your pet.

Initially the veterinarian may offer to give an emetic to completely empty your pets stomach. Activated Charcoal may also be offered, depending on how long ago ingestion was. What it will do is help coat the stomach and the intestines as it passes through the GI tract and decrease the amount of toxin that is absorbed into the system. Treatment usually includes IV fluid therapy for renal support. Your cats doctor may want to do some blood work to see what initial renal values are. Blood work will give your veterinarian values to compare future values to. It can later tell your pets doctor if treatment is working and it may help guide treatment in the right direction. Hospitalization may be needed for a few days, or even up to a week. If your day veterinarian does not offer overnight care, you may need to transport your pet to your local Emergency Veterinarian.

The fast treatment is started the better the prognosis will be. Like with almost all toxins, the amount ingested and the time between ingestion and the start of treatment plays a big roll in the outcome.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/pets-articles/beautiful-lillies-and-your-cat-4100380.html

About the Author

I have written blog post for Ecclectic Pets Blog website. http://www.sounds.eprofits.com . I have previously worked in the Veterinary Emergency Field.

Funny Facts About Cats

Author:

Susan Esterbill

Fact#1: Cats will stay away from cardboard or life sized statue cats

For some reason, cats stay away from life sized cat statues or cardboard cats. This is a useful fact when trying to keep your cat away from your garden or backyard. You can buy these from a gardening hardware store.

Fact#2: Cats may like chicken but not chicken wire

Cats can do considerable damage to your garden when left unchecked. To discourage cats from eliminating and digging in your garden or from eating the plants, you can locate the plants between strips of chicken wire.

Fact#3: Cats hate lemon peels, soap slivers and pepper.

Because of this, you can place these materials in your garden, kitchen, furniture, and tabletop or anywhere you don\’t want your cat to go to.

Fact#4: Cats like to scratch.

This cat habit can be very annoying and expensive especially if the cat is ripping up the carpet. To counter this habit, buy your cat a scratching post and encourage him to use his claws on it instead. Some cats may have special preferences when it comes to the material used for the scratching post. The different materials you can use for your cat\’s scratching posts are sisal rope, corrugated cardboard or a reversed carpet.

Fact#5: Cats hate water.

Cat hates water so having around a squirt gun will help you train your cats and discourage them from doing the things you don\’t like them to do like eliminating outside the litter box. Don\’t use the litter box for entertainment purposes though as this will confuse your cat on what you want them to do.

Fact#6: Cats hate loud noises and surprises

Yes, cats don\’t like the idea of jumping out of their skin from surprise. You can use this to your advantage by placing tin cans with coins inside on top of shelves, kitchen counters, tables and anywhere you don\’t want your cat to go. Of course, you have to position these cans in such as way that they will tip over with the slightest movement. This will certainly encourage your cat to keep away from those places.

Fact#7: Cats are scared of vacuum cleaners.

Cats are scared of vacuum cleaners; in fact they are terrified of vacuum cleaners. If your cat has the annoying habit of waking you up every morning, you can use a vacuum cleaner to scare off your cat and make him learn to respect your time of rest. If your cat wakes you up every morning by scratching on your door, you can position the vacuum cleaner in such a way that it is by the door and can easily be activated by you.

Fact#8: Cats are creatures of habit

Cats love routines. Because of this, try to stick to a schedule that your cat can depend especially when it comes to feeding time. If your cat has the habit of disturbing you whenever it\’s hungry, do not encourage it by feeding it outside of the regular schedule. Stick to the feeding schedule and your cat will soon know when to expect his food.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/pets-articles/funny-facts-about-cats-104893.html

About the Author
Susan Esterbill loves watching her cats prowl and play around the house.

Cats go Crazy over Catnip

Giving a catnip is probably one of the most irresistible things that you can give to your cat. Anything that is touched with it can make them go crazy as if they are just some addicting stimulant drugs that will make them forget everything. Once a cat has sniffed the catnip aroma some of them will look really drunk or behave like an addict. They forget about nearly everything else and will continue to sniff it while, dancing and wiggling around.

There is no need to be alarmed and you do not need to take them to the vet, they are not intoxicated or drugged. They just cannot help the feeling of sniffing the irresistible scent but once they have been removed, they will go back to their normal behavior. It can give you much amusement watching your cat have fun with its catnip.

Catnip is an aromatic herb that belongs to the mint family. When their leaves are broken, they release a type of minty chemical that cats cats simply find irresistible. This chemical is called Nepetalactone and it has the capability to stimulate all of the five senses of your pet. They will make their sense of hearing sharper, they will make them lick their paws, they will feel itchy or slithery, they will see things so beautifully, and of course they will sniff some more. There is no need to become alarmed this is just a natural reaction. Just consider it like a light addiction similar to humans when we go gaga when we see our favorite celebrity or become too excited because we won in the lottery.

In the same way as humans, different cats will have different reactions to catnip. They do not respond in the same way because some will just show a little effect but there are also those that will act as if they have just become crazy. There are those who are not contented with a single sniff but there are also those who will sniff as if they are not interested at all. This is just to show that they also have individual personalities just as how much different we are when we respond to celebrities. The good thing about this is that it is very amusing to watch your pets suddenly change its attitude once you let them sniff this herb. Fortunately, the chemicals in catnip that can make our pets act so crazily are safe and not addictive.

How catnip gets cats high
They seem to be enjoying themselves, don´t they?

KONG Feather Top Carrot Catnip Toy, Cat Toy, Orange
publisher: Kong
ASIN: B0006L0TF4
KONG created these safe, high-quality toys without elastic, strings, mylar or exposed bells. As a bonus, you can open the patented “hidden” closure and refill the toy with our potent catnip.

Kong Catnip Cat Toy, Squirrel
publisher: Kong
ASIN: B0006G511G
KONG created these safe, high-quality toys without elastic, strings, mylar or exposed bells. As a bonus, you can open the patented “hidden” closure and refill the toy with our potent catnip.

KONG Cat Toy, Duckie Catnip Toy
publisher: Kong
ASIN: B0006L2M0O
KONG created these safe, high-quality toys without elastic, strings, mylar or exposed bells. As a bonus, you can open the patented “hidden” closure and refill the toy with our potent catnip.

Ten Cutest Cat Moments – I dare you not to laugh!

I came across this video and just had to share, I couldn’t help but chuckle.

10 Cutest Cat Moments
The clips for this compilation of cute cat bloopers, etc. is one of our favorite videos. www.liquidgeneration.com

Why Won’t My Cat Use The Litter Box?

The biggest complaint that cat owners have is when their cat suddenly decides that it doesn’t want to go to the toilet in its litter box. Besides the smell, there is the added cost of ruined rugs and the embarrassment when visitors stop by.

Cats by nature are normally naturally clean animals and you will need to investigate as to why this habit has changed.

The first reason cats stop using their litter box is cleanliness. How often do you clean the box? Some cats are happy with the box cleaned once a day, others prefer to have it cleaned each time they have used it. In the latter case, it might help if you can invest in a self-cleaning litter box. If cost is an issue, then try cleaning the box more often and see if this helps.

Have you recently changed the brand of litter that you use? Cats are very much like humans in that most prefer the brand they are used to. This doesn’t have to be the most expensive; some actually prefer the cheaper brands. If you find a litter that seems to make your cat happy, stick with it.

A cat may stop using his litter box due to illness. If you think that this could be the case it is worth taking your cat to the vet to have it checked for a possible urinary track infectiion. A cat with this infection may feel pain upon elimination and associate that pain with the litter box. Most cats will not stop using a litter box once trained and it should be possible to find the cause. Start the process by elimating one things at a time. Have you changed the position of the box? Used a different cleaning agent?

ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter Box

publisher: Brilliant Pet

ASIN: B000ELUQQS

 

ScoopFree® is the self-cleaning litter box you can leave alone for weeks at a time. It is the only self-cleaning litter box that uses disposable litter trays to provide hands-off convenience and unbeatable odor control. You don’t have to see, touch, or smell messy waste. Simply load ScoopFree with the disposable litter tray pre-filled with Premium Blue Crystals. When your cat uses the litter box, the crystals immediately absorb moisture and odor and begin to dehydrate solids. Twenty minutes later, ScoopFree’s rake automatically sweeps the waste into a covered compartment, leaving the litter smelling clean and fresh. Simply replace the disposable tray every few weeks, and the litter box is just like new. ScoopFree is so reliable it comes with a 90-day money back guarantee.

Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box, Pewter

publisher: Omega Paw

ASIN: B005E2S77C

 

The Roll Away Self Cleaning Litter Box cleans in just seconds without scooping. Inside the litter box there is a unique patented grill that separates out the clumped waste, depositing it into the pullout tray. The Large Litter Box is great for big cats or for multiple cat households. No electricity or expensive filters needed!

Both you and your cat will be happier for the effort. He stays out of trouble and you benefit by a cleaner-smelling house and nice carpet. .

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