Cat Tips

To train your cat to scratch acceptable objects, sprinkle catnip and a few food treats on a sisal-wrapped scratching post, a corrugated cardboard scratcher or even a non-treated fireplace log. Place it next to the object you wish to protect.

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Expert Q&A

When I try to give my cat her medicine, she starts hissing, growling and going in circles. How can I get her to stop and take her meds?

It sounds like your cat puts on quite a pre-medication performance! Your cat may need a refresher course on good behavior, even if she has been socialized. Try to spend as much time as possible with her, giving her positive, tangible attention, so that when you need to handle her, she won't have such a snit. Most cats do resist pills and medicine. They have no mental way of associating good health with some yucky-tasting, threatening pill. It's therefore good to have a helper. That way, one person can hold your cat while the other administers the medicine. With or without this second pair of hands, the cat should be gently yet securely wrapped in a towel or blanket. Liquid medication is usually easier to give, as you can simply put it into a plastic -- not glass -- dropper, and drop it into one side of your cat's mouth while you tilt your pet's head. Massaging your cat's throat can induce swallowing. I sometimes crush pills and put them in a bit of water. You might also consider investing in a pet piller, a device that safely pops pills into your cat's throat. Follow with a throat massage to make sure your cat gulps the pill down.

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