Category Archives: Cat Health And Behavior

Bamboo QuadBrush Ultimate Cat Toothbrush

As a Mom to both felines and humans, let me tell you, this is one of those brilliant inventions that everyone needs to have. Looks simple enough, doesn’t it? one of those things that make you wonder why it’s taken so long for the world to come up with:

When you brush the teeth of a reluctant cat (or kid!), you want it to be efficient and fast. This special pet toothbrush allows you to clean a row of teeth, on all sides, in just one motion, saving on brushing time, without compromising on the results.

This Quadbrush is a wonder of design, from handle to safety bristles, and the matching cover to keep it clean between brushing. For dogs, cats, or any pet – this one is a Must.

Read more on this smart pet toothbrush, and order your own for under $6 and super fast free shipping (for members). Or read more here about cat teeth and how to care for them.

Pet-Temp Ear Thermometer

When something is wrong with a living body, a change in temperature is often one of the symptoms. Having an accurate read on any such change is a crucial way for us to monitor the health of those who cannot complain about other symptoms – be them babies or pets.

Ear thermometers have long become a household item, with this pet version being an essential item in any pet lover’s medical kit. While you can take a rectal reading with a traditional thermometer, it is certainly more stressful to the animal (last thing needed when they are already not feeling well), and if you’re not competent enough you could actually injure that delicate area. Many pet owners would rather take a cat to the vet than try a rectal reading at home, and for a good reason.

If you’re one of those, then this pet ear thermometer is what you need. It’s easy to use, fast and reliable.

If you are involved in animal rescue, then you may find a good thermometer invaluable (in fact you may already own one). It can also be useful for professional breeders, looking out to determine ovulation cycles in their queens.

Just keep one thing in mind, please. If you get a reading that is out of range, or have any indication that your cat is not well – always contact your vet. Never medicate a cat without a vet’s approval – some medications, even common pain relievers, can be extremely toxic to cats.

To read more about this Pet-Temp Ear Thermometer and order – visit the Amazon page for this product.

HomeoPet Travel Anxiety

Traveling can be a stressful experience for many cats. In fact, I suspect our own anxiety over the procedure may be rubbing off on the felines, but in this post, I’d like to introduce a natural homeopathic remedy for the cats:

“Travel Anxiety” as the name suggests is intended for treating the stress and fearful reactions of traveling. It’s for dogs and cats, and is said to help with motion sickness as well.

Now, you may not be a fan of homeopathy, but many cat owners report success with using these treatments. Again, it is more than possible that the owner’s own relief at providing some sort of help for a distressed animal is at play here. Does it really matter though? If it helps sooth the nerves of your cat without the side-effects of sedatives, why not give it a try?

Priced at under $10, you may want to keep this one in your medicine cabinet and have it ready for that next trip to the vet’s.

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Zymox Ear Cleanser

Ear infections in cats can bring about a state of chronic inflammation of the ears, resulting in some icky stuff in your cat’s ears. This is where an ear cleanser like Zymox becomes handy.

However, a word of caution here:  if you suspect any form of ear problems with your furry friend, ALWAYS consult a vet. Some things you just cannot see without the use of a microscope. Even ear mites, while larger than bacteria or viruses, are still not visible to the naked eye. Only your vet can diagnose ear problems and recommend a course of treatment, which may or may not include use of an ear cleanser.

So, who is this product for? It’s for owners of cats that have chronic ear conditions, where a qualified veterinarian recommends use of an ear cleanser. This is when you need the Zymox bottle in your medicine cabinet.

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The Pill Popper

Everyone knows the famous “How to Pill a Cat” parody by now. Forever circulating on the net, this wonderful piece by an anonymous author starts like this:

  • Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on each side of cat’s mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.
  • Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat gently in left arm and repeat process.
  • Retrieve cat from bedroom, pick up and throw soggy pill away.
  • Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for count of ten.
  • Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse in from garden.
  • Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into cat’s mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat’s throat vigorously.
  • Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill out of foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep up shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set on one side for gluing later.
  • Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with a pencil and blow into drinking straw.
  • Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink glass of water to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse’s forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.
  • Retrieve cat from neighbor’s shed. Get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door just enough so that head is showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with plastic band.

It does go on, actually, but I chose to stop here, because these last ideas are actually not without merit. No, leave those drinking straws and plastic bands alone. Use a pill popper instead:

It still requires confidence and swiftness of action. And yes, it means you have to hold the cat and open its mouth. Again, swiftness and confidence are the key here. Multiple attempts are actually the best recipe for failure when you pill a cat. This is where a pill popper comes in handy, allowing you to position the pill deep in the cat’s mouth, quickly and without too much hassle. No need to open the mouth wide enough to put in your fingers, just enough for you to get a clear shot with this slim instrument.

Here’s a tip – practice placing a pill and popping it into some receptacle, before trying it in your cat’s mouth. Be confident with operating this little gadget for a smoother delivery of medication.

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Cosequin For Cats

If you’re a runner, you know this word: Glucosamine. Granted, not everyone “believes” in Glucosamine. Its usefulness is under debate, with avid fans bringing forward some research, along with their own positive experiences, while objectors claim this is one more nutritional additive with little health benefit.

Well, whichever side of the fence you’re at, you may or may not know that the very same nutritional supplement is now available for cats, under the name Cosequin. If your cat suffers from joint problems, especially due to old age, you may want to ask your veterinarian about this supplement. It is available without a prescription through amazon, but I always recommend consulting your veterinarian before giving your cat any nutritional supplements. Check it out here for more details:

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