Helpful Tips for Cats

  • Brushing your cat’s teeth

    Instructions Teaching your cat to accept brushing will take some training, but will be very beneficial to the cat once he is accustomed to the process. Daily brushing is most beneficial and will help to establish a routine for your pet, but brushing twice a week is acceptable if your schedule can’t accommodate daily brushing. Choose a quiet time and place to start the brushing. It is best to teach your cat to accept brushing while he or she is still a kitten. If you have an older cat, the…

  • Administering eye drops to your cat

    Make sure that you wash your hands both before and after administering the medication to prevent the spread of infection.

  • Giving liquid medication to your cat

    The easiest way to give your cat liquid medication is to mix it in with some canned food. To ensure that the medication is actually taken, it is best to give a small amount of food that the cat is certain to eat rather than a large portion that the cat may not complete. Some cats may be unwilling to eat the food or may have dietary restrictions that prevent you from using this technique. If this is the case, you will need to administer the medication directly into the cat’s mouth.

  • Giving your cat a pill

    The easiest way to give your cat a pill is to hide the pill in food. This usually works best if the pill is hidden in a small amount of tuna or cream cheese. To ensure that the pill is actually taken, it is best to give a small amount of food that the cat is certain to eat rather than a large portion that the cat may not complete. Some cats may spit out the pill, so it is important to monitor this activity. If your cat persists in spitting out the pills or if dietary restrictions prevent you from hiding the pills in an appealing treat, you will need to administer the pill directly into the cat’s mouth.

  • Administering ear drops to your cat

    Instructions Remember that the ear may be very painful and that the cat may respond by scratching and biting. Warm the medication by standing the bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes. Hold the cat securely in your lap. You may need to have someone help you by wrapping the cat in a blanket with only the head exposed. Make sure you have carefully read the label and understand the dosing instructions. Draw up the liquid into the dropper. Use the last two fingers of the…