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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, salmon or cream cheese. To ensure that the pill is swallowed, it is best to place the pill in a small amount of food that the cat is certain to eat rather than a large portion that the cat may not complete.
There are certain conditions or diseases that may require you to administer injections to your cat at home. Routine injections are necessary for the treatment of diabetes using insulin and for the control of skin allergies using allergenic extract injections.
Make sure that you wash your hands before and after administering the medication to prevent the spread of infection. If you can, gently clean the cat’s eyes with warm water and a washcloth prior to administering the eye drops.
If the medication is refrigerated, you may want to allow it to come to room temperature before administration. Be sure to ask your veterinarian if this is acceptable before warming any medication.
Pet owners are often very anxious about veterinary procedures that involve anesthesia. This handout was written to alleviate some of these concerns.
Feline declawing is an elective and ethically controversial procedure, which is NOT medically necessary for cats in most instances. It is important to understand that scratching is normal behavior for cats, which has an inherent function. Also see Preventing Scratching from below.
Despite our personal decision to no longer declaw cats, we understand that this choice is not universally accepted. While we strongly encourage people to discuss alternative options with us prior to pursuing declawing. We realize than some people will elect to have their cat declawed at another veterinary clinic. If you decide to declaw, we want to make sure it is done in the most safe and humane way possible. As such, we have assembled a “checklist” that NEEDS to be provided by the veterinary surgeon when choosing a clinic that still performs this procedure.
Mealtime is a special time for cats. Feeding not only satisfies a cat's abundant energy needs, but also provides them with the right nutrients they need to stay healthy and strong. Although some cats have the ability to regulate their food intake, others will overindulge or have difficulty eating around other cats.
When feeding your cat a new food or updated formulation, it is best to introduce it slowly. If you feed too much of the new food too quickly, your cat could experience food refusal or minor gastrointestinal upsets.
When it comes to feline health care, there are many reasons pet owners give for not taking their cats to the veterinarian for check ups on a regular bases. Here are a few, along with the truth behind the misconceptions.
Addressing your cat’s physical and emotional needs enhances their health and quality of life.
House-soiling can be a complex problem to solve, but there are ways to prevent, manage, or resolve feline house-soiling behaviors.
The form of a disease formerly known as FUS and FLUTD.Feline lower urinary tract disease, or feline idiopathic cystitis, is the term that may describe a large group of clinical signs involving the bladder and urination.
Cats are instinctively very territorial. They fight with other cats to protect their territory or to acquire more territory. As a result, fight wounds are common in cats.
The most important source of cat fleas is newly emerged adult fleas from pupae in your house or yard. Adult fleas live and feed on our pets but the female flea lays eggs, which fall off into the environment.
Practicle tips for reducing the stress of dealing with carriers and veterinary visits for you and your cat.
A healthy cat should be able to handle a "normal amount" of swollowed hair, so hairballs form either because more hair is swallowed than should be, or the system isn't healthy enough to handle normal amounts of hair.
Step by step instructions on how to introduce a new cat from American Association of Feline Practitioners
Neutering is very beneficial to the health of the cat, especially if performed at an early age. Following puberty, which occurs at approximately eight to nine months of age, the male cat often develops a number of undesirable behavioral changes. He will become territorial and start to mark areas, even inside the house, by spraying urine.
Practical Tips for Pet OwnersYou are an important member of your cat’s healthcare team. You can be instrumental in helping with the success of treatments and improved healthcare.
Proper training to scratch on appropriate surfaces, combined with nail care, can prevent damage in the home.
Improved nutrition, prevention of infectious disease and advances in veterinary medical care has resulted in pets living longer and healthier lives. Its a great time to be a senior cat!
With good home and veterinary care, many cats can live into their late teens and early twenties. It’s important to understand that your cat is likely to undergo certain physical changes with age.
Spaying is the common term used to describe the surgical procedure known scientifically as an ovariohysterectomy. In this procedure, the ovaries and uterus are completely removed in order to sterilize a female cat.
The pet owners guide from the AAFP. Vaccines help to protect against specific infectious diseases caused by some viruses and bacteria.