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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




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

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 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


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



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.

PetFusion Cat Scratcher Lounge

PetFusion Cat Scratcher Lounge
publisher: PetFusion
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



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.

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About the Author

I have written blog post for Ecclectic Pets Blog website. . I have previously worked in the Veterinary Emergency Field.

Funny Facts About Cats


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.

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

Helping Your Overweight Cat Lose a Few Pounds

Feline Health Tips: Helping Your Overweight Cat Lose a Few Pounds


Tim Whiston

Feline obesity is a threat to the health and lifespan of your cat. This article will help you work with your cat to lose the needed weight with minimal struggle.

Feline health is, in many ways, common sense. Since cats are mammals like us, many of the same basic premises apply.

When a cat is overweight, he or she is at risk for heart problems, diabetes, and the exact same complications obese humans experience. Good feline health practices for reducing obesity are the same tactics used for people who need to shed a few excess pounds.

Essentially your cat needs to take in fewer calories and get a little more exercise. That\’s all there is to it unless there is some genetic setback causing the feline obesity.

You might think it\’s hard to get your cat on a diet and exercise program, but in truth it\’s quite easy. Where you lead, your feline friend will follow.

The first step is to ask your vet what your cat\’s target weight should be. Your veterinarian should be able to give you a good range to shoot for with a basic physical exam.

Fewer Calories In Your Cat\’s Diet

Once you have a target weight goal, you\’ll need to start by adjusting your cat\’s caloric intake. Your vet can recommend a good food with fewer calories.

Also you can adjust the current feeding schedule. If you\’re leaving food in the bowl all day long, start feeding your cat twice a day instead.

Take the bowls up after your cat eats in the morning and set them out again for the evening meal. Again, once the cat has had a good meal, take the food up again until the next morning.

Clearly if you have multiple cats it might not be as easy to manage your obese feline\’s diet. If you don\’t want to put all cats on a reduced schedule just find a food with fewer calories and eliminate treats until the target weight is reached.

And certainly stop giving your cat people food! Especially in cases of feline obesity it is counterproductive to share people food with your cat.

Feline Exercise Program

Chance are your cat is already somewhat active. Even cats who ‘sleep all day’ have at least one activity period during the day.

Felines are polyphasic, meaning they have multiple periods of sleep and activity during the day. You may simply be unaware of when your cat is running and playing.

Your job is to get your cat involved in a period of exercise and brisk physical activity for about ten minutes each day. And you can do this by simply playing with him or her.

Drag a string, throw a catnip ball, or do something else to intrigue your cat into motion. Keep him/her running, jumping, and swatting for ten minutes or longer without stopping.

You can use catnip to stimulate your cat if needed. Many felines get a rush from this herb and will become more active for several minutes after rolling in or eating it.

It takes a little focus on your part to correct a feline obesity problem. But you owe it to your cat to put forth the effort on this because after all, you are the parental figure in this relationship.

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Hill’s Science Diet Adult Oral Care Dry Cat Food – 7-Pound Bag
publisher: Hills Science Diet – Distribution

Hills’s Science Diet is the #1 choice of U.S. veterinarians to feed their own pets. Hill’s Science Diet Adult Oral Care cat food provides precisely balanced nutrition with enhanced oral care benefits. It is made with high quality ingredients and an ideal combination of nutrients and clinically-proven antioxidants for superior overall health. It also has a clinically-proven, fiber technology that helps scrub teeth and reduce plaque build-up. Recommended for adult cats 1 to 6 years of age, to provide protection from plaque and tartar buildup but not recommended for kittens, pregnant or nursing cats.

Moving a cat

3 ways to look after your cat when you move house

1. Moving crate

When moving the cat to the new house it will probably be moved via the car. Some cats don’t have to go in a car at all and so this experience can be very new to them and not always pleasant. The best way is to use a cat carriers.  By using the cat carrier you can put the cat in the carrier in the house and get him nice and secure and then he will be safe and contained when driving to the new house. You can find cat carriers from all online pet supplies retailers.

2. Keep the cat inside

Once you have made the move and arrive at the new house make the cat feel as comfortable as possible. Show them their own cat beds, provide them with water from their own cat bowls and generally make the cat feel settled. It is advised that you keep the cat indoors for a week or so she they are comfortable with the new house. It has been know that when a cat moves house they can go out side and head straight back to the old house.

3.  Provide them with a litter tray

For a month before the move get the cat used to using a cat litter tray with cat litter. This will help for when you have moved and have to keep the cat indoors; it will be less stressful if they know the cat litter tray routine. Once the cat has settled you can then start to let the cat outdoors and remove the litter tray.

About the Author:

Karren Newton works for one of the leading online pet suppliers that supply many pet supplies, cat food and royal canin cat food across the UK.

Petmate 21276 Kennel Cab Fashion Pet Carrier, Intermediate, Moss Bank/Coffee Grounds

publisher: Doskocil

ASIN: B00063KG5K


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Here’s how to keep your cat purring into advanced old age.

Cats can live longer than many people think… 18 to 20 years is common.

Here’s how to keep your cat purring into advanced old age.

1. Take your cat to the veterinarian at least once a year for a complete physical exam, and follow your veterinarian’s advice regarding preventive health-care measures. Preventing disease and maintaining optimum health are the first steps toward a long, healthy life.

2. Spay or neuter your cat as soon as possible. Having kittens, especially repeated litters, is stressful and will contribute to premature aging.

3. Keep your cat inside at all times to reduce the risk of accidents, injuries from fights or disease. (Some research suggests inside cats live twice as long as outdoor cats!)

4. Feed your cat high-quality food designed to meet the specific
nutritional requirements during all stages of his life.

5. Prevent obesity at all costs by controlling your cat’s diet and engaging him in play activities.

6. Talk to your veterinarian about adding vitamin and mineral
supplements, antioxidants and extra fiber to your cat’s diet.

7. Have your cat’s teeth cleaned professionally. Good dental health will add years to his life.

8. Groom your cat daily, checking for abnormalities, and seek medical help promptly when you discover anything suspicious

9. Make sure no harmful chemicals such as pesticides or household
cleaners find their way onto your cat’s fur, since cats groom
themselves with their tongues constantly. Even small amounts of
harmful chemicals on their bodies can have adverse effects if
consumed over many years.

10. Protect your cat from environmental dangers such as household
cleaners and secondhand smoke.

11. Help your cat avoid the stress of harassment from other animals by providing a quiet place for undisturbed catnaps.

12. Provide your older cat with a heat source such as a heating pad set on low, since cats more than 12 years old require extra heat. You’ll notice a difference in his attitude and activity level.

13. Give your cat daily full-body massages and lots of love. Despite their aloof demeanor, cats thrive on affection.

14. Protect your cat from dangerous plants such as cactus and poinsettia.

Find a veterinarian with a special interest in aging who keeps abreast of advancements in this rapidly developing area of pet care.

Be sure to call your veterinarian before giving your cat any product
not specifically approved for cats. Some products, such as acetaminophen, commonly consumed safely by people or dogs, are poisonous to cats.

Here’s a quick way to treat your cat…Instead of a heating pad,
fold up your down comforter on the end of the bed.
Your aging cat will sink into its own warm cocoon for all its naps.

Remember cats are like people… when they feel
loved and happy their health is affected. So be sure to
give your cat as much attention as you can.

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How to Choose the Right Cat for you

nobody owns a catThere is a large choice of breeds when choosing a cat to share your life with, it is important to take your time and research the choices before making a decision.

You have to decide not only the colour you would prefer but whether you want a male or a female cat, each has its own characteristics. You will need to decide if you want a long haired or a short haired cat.

You also have to look at your personality and lifestyle and determine how that will work in with the personality that can be expected from any particular breed.

Fortunately there are many books that give comprehensive details on the personality types of the various different breeds and while they are a generalization they are also quite accurate in most cases and can help you make the right decision more often than not.

Some breeds require a lot more attention than others, and you will need to decide how much time you will have to devote to your cat. Some breeds will always be more suitable than others when taking into account the term of their lifespan, which can be up to 20 years in some cases.

You will need to decide if you want or have the time to look after a kitten and you may think that getting an older cat from an animal shelter may be a better option. There are certainly a lot to choose from as animal shelters are generally overflowing with unwanted pets, just waiting for a home.

When choosing your cat, see how it interacts with you right from the outset, as even in one litter there will always be a personality that stands out and shows that it wants you to be its owner. More often than not the kitten will choose you, rather than the other way around.

Food Guide For Cats

Homemade and healthy recipes for your Cat, makes for a happier cat who often miss out on their required nutrients in bought and commercial cat foods.

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