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6 Tips to Pill a Cat

 

Cats can seem impossible to pill but we have a few tips that can make the process a little easier.

  1. Stress is the worst part of medicating your cat. Giving a cat a pill is hard if your cat can run away. Make sure she is contained in a room where she cannot hide under or behind anything.
  2. Get everything prepared before you move towards your cat. Have it all ready and accessible.
  3. The key to a smooth process is to be confident and calm.
  4. Sit next to your cat. The less you have to restrain your cat, the better.
  5. Grab her head or mouth. Cats have a gap in their teeth (easier seen in the video). Insert a finger there and when your cat opens her mouth, pop in the pill. Push it far back so it goes down her throat.
  6. If you cannot get the pill all the way back, hold her mouth closed and stroke her throat until she swallows.

 

 

Our pet sitters can easily help assist your cats with their pills while you’re on vacation or even just at work. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you need any extra hands to help you cat get well!

5 Steps to Start Growing Catnip Inside from Seeds!

 

Do you want to start growing catnip in your garden this year? Or maybe start catnip for your indoor cats from seed. Learn about when to start growing, how to grow catnip and how to dry the catnip!

  1. Plant seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before last freeze.
  2. Catnip requires a lot of sun and water. Take that into consideration when picking a garden bed or a place in your home for your pot.
  3. Plant your catnip sprouts outside after the last freeze. If you are planting inside, make sure you plants have plenty of room to grow.
  4. Water your sprouts and watch them grow!
  5. When you plants have grown, cut trimmings to dry for your kitties. As the summer season comes to a close, take come clippings and transfer to an indoor pot to keep your plants going year round!

*** Expert tip ***

If you are growing full catnip plants indoors and have excited cats, use a large pot. Then plant the plants at least 6 inches below the rim. Put chicken mesh or other wire over the top of the pot so your cats can reach the growth without destroying the base of the plant!


Looking to start growing catnip indoors instead? Check out this great video blog about how to make this plant thrive inside as well!

5 Easter Presents for Your Cat

 

Why should dogs and kids have all the fun?!  Your loving feline companion should enjoy a nice Easter basket too. Check out some more “pawesome” presents that your cat is sure to love.

 


 

 

A raised treat bowl is perfect to use as a base for a basket.  Once you have a bowl you like, start filling it up with treats and toys.

 

 

 

 


I don’t think any cat can resist the Bergan Whirly Pop Cat Toy.  It pops and rolls which stimulates your cat’s natural pouncing instincts.  The best part it is, no batteries or pieces to lose.

 

 

 

 

 


These cute little Mylar crinkle cat balls are a great addition to any kitty basket. Cats love to knock things around and the plastic bag sounds these make is even better.

 

 

 

 


 

Straight from the Easter Bunny himself, a cat nip carrot just for your kitty!

 

 

 

 

 


And of course, no basket is complete without some eggs! The Pet Safe Egg-Cerciser treat dispensing toy keeps them active by rewarding their play with yummy treats. Plus, you can adjust the holes to make it easier or harder for the treats for fall out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Once you have the main fillings for your cat’s Easter basket make sure to pad it up with some of their favorite treats. A new bed, bowl, or even just a traditional basket works great for your pet to feel included in the holiday.  Just make sure to never use plastic grass as a filler because it can be harmful to your pets. Cats are especially drawn to it because, like tinsel at Christmas, it moves with the slightest breeze.  Also, if there are treats in there they could easily mistake for their food.  Use paper grass or even real grass which they can digest if they get curious and eat it.

 

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

Feline Audiogenic Reflex Seizures

 

Does the sound of crinkling tin foil or a rustling potato chip bag make you cringe? Is there a particular common sound that simply pushes you over the proverbial edge? Well, if you have a kitty companion, you may not be alone.

A few years ago, a bizarre seizure disorder affecting felines in the United Kingdom was discovered. Cats were suddenly having seizures that appeared to be triggered by common everyday noises like the ring of a doorbell, rustling of a newspaper, clicking of a TV remote, and other household sounds. Reactions from cats affected by the sounds included epileptic-like seizures, convulsions and loss of balance, as well as less severe reactions such as freezing in place, running in circles, and restlessness.

A team of researchers in the United Kingdom began investigating the occurrences and found pet parents from around the world whose cats had also suffered seizures in response to certain sounds. One thing they almost all had in common – their veterinarians had no explanation for their cat’s condition and often didn’t believe the seizures were triggered by sound.

The researchers were then even more determined to study the anomaly and find answers, so they collected detailed information from 96 affected cats. It was concluded that some cats do indeed suffer from seizures caused by sounds, and the disorder was named Feline Audiogenic Reflex Seizures (FARS), otherwise known as “Tom and Jerry Syndrome.”

Research found some sounds caused the afflicted cats in the study to experience non-convulsive seizures, brief jerks of a muscle or group of muscles, or full-body seizures that last several minutes. The sounds that most often triggered seizures include:

  • Crinkling of aluminum foil
  • A metal spoon against a ceramic bowl
  • Clinking or tapping of glass
  • Crinkling of paper or a plastic bag
  • Typing on a keyboard; clicking of mouse
  • Clinking of coins and keys
  • Hammering of nails
  • Clicking of a person’s tongue

 

Less common triggers include:

  • Tearing foil (like on a food package)
  • Cell phone texting, ringing
  • Digital alarm
  • Velcro
  • Running water
  • Ticking sound from lighting a gas stove
  • A dog’s collar jangling
  • Sounds from a computer printer
  • Splitting firewood
  • Wood blocks being knocked together
  • Walking across a wooden floor in bare feet or squeaky shoes
  • The shrill scream of a child

Among the 96 cats studied, all were affected by one or more of the above sounds, but the Birman breed seemed particularly vulnerable.  All cats involved ranged in age from 10 to 19 years, with the average age being 15, leading researchers to conclude a seizure disorder may be overlooked as older animals tend to have other health issues that are more prominent and recognizable.

Now that the cause of these curious kitty seizures has been pinpointed, and pet parents know the common triggers, these off-kilter kitties can be treated with sound aversion and anti-seizure medication.

If your favorite feline experiences any of the signs that go along with FARS, seek veterinary assistance and mention to him or her your suspicion that your kitty may have the disorder.

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