Archive for June, 2012

A Tip About Giving Pills

Some of my cats are so combative when I try to give them a pill it takes me forever to get it down them! I’m sure you’ve had this problem too. One thing I learned over the years is to crush the pill and add some water to it. I then suck it up into a syringe (the ones without needles, obviously) and find I can poke it into the side of their mouths and squirt  it in.

Several things to remember though are:

1. Make sure you check with your vet to be positive the medication can be crushed and watered down. Most can, but some cannot.

2. I use a very large serving spoon to put the pill in and then another small spoon to lay on top of the pill and press down to crush it.

3. Use as little water as you can, but enough to dissolve the pill. You don’t want to have to get tons of liquid down them…you can do it in one dose.

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Chloe getting some medicine.

4. When you put the syringe in the side of their mouth, be sure you gently slide it toward the back of their throat. If you just barely get it in the side, it will spill back out. I usually grasp the back of their neck (the scruff) and tilt their head backwards slightly, then put the syringe in and squirt. Also, try to squirt slowly, so you don’t shock them with the sudden rush of liquid.

5. After you squirt it in, try to gently hold their mouth shut for a few seconds, with their head still slightly held back,  so they won’t start shaking their head and spit it out. Sometimes they will lose a little of it, but I’ve never found this to be a problem. Again, check with your vet about this and ask if this would be a problem if they don’t quite get the entire dose.

I have found this works well and is easier than trying to poke that pill in the back of their throats. It has saved me some bites too! The more you do it, the better you’ll get at it. Hope this helps with pill giving!

The Importance of Clean Litter Boxes

We’ve all experienced that time when our cat will decide to go somewhere else besides the litter box. The very first thing to consider is a medical problem and they should be checked out by a vet.

However, it can sometimes be as simple as their litter box not being clean enough. One of the nice things about our dear felines is that they are very clean. That can also be a bit of a hassle when it comes to their litter box. What we consider clean enough can be thought of as too dirty for their little paws to even touch it.

A friend of mine just got a kitten and that was one of the first things he asked me…why does he go outside of his box? I told him about being sure to keep it very clean and he said that solved the problem. While he thought he was doing a good job, it wasn’t quite good enough for Festus, shown below.

So keep the litter box clean and avoid the little surprises you’ll find around the house! I have found this to be the number one cause, aside from a medical problem, of them not using their littler box.

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Festus, my friend Kenneth’s new kitten.