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How To: Give Your Cat Medication

Does the thought of giving your cat worming tablets or medication make you sweat? Read on to learn the tips and tricks to get your kitty to take their tablet without you getting battle scratches. 🐾  Giving medication in food 🍚 Once you’ve established your cat’s medication is ok to be given with food, plan for your cat to feel hungry. Take up any food that is left in a bowl during the day and give medication just before their main meal. 🍚 Before offering your cat their main meal, hide the tablet or liquid in a small amount of your cat’s usual food in their normal bowl. If they are usually fed dry food, it is best to offer medication with some wet food which will disguise it better! Other options include cat pâté, jelly from the wet food, a tiny amount of soft cheese or butter or a small piece of fish/meat. 🍚 Once your cat has finished the small portion of food with the medication, offer the rest of their meal.  🍚 If your kitty is super clever (or extra suspicious!) and eats around the tablet even in the small portion of food try crushing the medication and mixing it with their favorite treat or strong smelling fish. Some treat pastes that work well for giving medication include Webbox Lick-e-Lix, Arden Grange Tasty liver paste, Easypill Cat putty and Cosma jelly snacks. Giving medication into your cat’s mouth If the medication can't be given with food or your cat won't take it that way, the remaining option is to gently restrain your cat and pop it to the back of their throat. The Hug If your moggie is quite docile you can try restraining them without wrapping them up. Simply pop them onto a table or work-surface which is non-slippery, sit them upright, facing away from you, and gently hold at shoulder level with both hands (like hugging them from behind). This is so you can keep hold of their front legs if they try to swipe. The Purrito If your moggie is a wriggler and likes to use their back feet to kick out, then using a towel will be the safest method. Put a medium-sized towel onto a flat surface such as the floor or table and pop your cat onto the middle of it, facing away from you. Wrap each side of the towel over the top of your cat, leaving just their head out to make a cat burrito (purrito). Once your cat is gently restrained you are ready to give the tablet!

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How To: Give Your Cat Medication

Does the thought of giving your cat worming tablets or medication make you sweat? Read on to learn the tips and...

How to Tell Your Cat Is Stressed

Cats are masters at hiding their emotions, but with stress being a trigger of certain behaviors and medical conditions it is essential to learn how to identify it. If you learn to recognize your kitty’s stress, you will then be able to figure out what stresses them out and thus help avoid those stressors, making life better for your cat fam. There are 2 types of stress our cats can suffer from: acute stress and chronic stress.

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How to Tell Your Cat Is Stressed

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Why Is My Cat Meowing So Much?

Have you ever wondered why your cat meows at you or are you worried that recently your kitty is meowing more than ever? There are many reasons for healthy cats to meow, however, if your cat was never a ‘talker’ but now meows a lot, there could be a health reason behind it.  Healthy cat meowing Meowing can be a normal behaviour in healthy cats - there are different reasons for it depending on circumstances such as whether your cat is a boy or girl, their age and breed… 🐈‍⬛ 💬 Meowing in general indicates that your furry bestie is talking to you; they save their vocal chat for us human folks only (see article on How cats communicate with us). They could be asking for your attention - whether it’s to greet you, ask for love or for you to play with them. Often, they yowl when they’re hungry - don’t give in if it’s outside meal times - although those puss-in-boots eyes can be persuasive! 💞 When your girl cat is on heat you will know about it! Your house will be filled with high-pitched calling (particularly at night - eek!) to lure the boy cats in the neighborhood! There may even be some screaming during the mating ritual… 🔊 Certain cat breeds such as Siamese, Burmese and Russian Blues are well known for their chatter so make great furry besties if you fancy a buzzing household and are a heavy sleeper. 😖 Cats can also meow more if they are scared, stressed or feel threatened. This can happen if there are loud sounds such as thunderstorms or fireworks. If you have a cat flap, make sure another cat isn’t coming into your house and intimidating your bestie. You can keep other cats out by getting a cat flap that reads microchips and only allows your cat into the house. Health problems that cause meowing If your cat does not usually meow much, but has recently started meowing more, we would recommend getting your cat checked by a vet to rule out medical issues. 👵🏼 Older cats can meow more because of an overactive thyroid, cat dementia (feline cognitive dysfunction) or high blood pressure. 👁️ Eyesight and hearing may become poorer the older cats get, making them more worried or disorientated in the house. 🐾 If your cat cries out when using the litter tray, peeing is probably uncomfortable which could indicate cystitis. If you see them cry while trying to pass stools, it can mean constipation. 😿 Meowing and appearing withdrawn can be a sign of pain. When in doubt, it’s best to call your vet.  

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Why Is My Cat Meowing So Much?

Have you ever wondered why your cat meows at you or are you worried that recently your kitty is meowing...

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