Even indoors-only cats get the fleas, as the song goes.
Ok, the song isn’t about that exactly, but still spring is upon us and that can mean fleas are upon our cats. A flea can jump on a person and gets a ride indoors. All it takes is one pregnant female and voila – within days you have a full blown flea infestation on your hands.
The key is in prevention and/or early treatment. And the tool for the job is Frontline. Never be tempted to buy cheap substitutes – the cheap flea treatments are usually too strong for felines and can be very harmful. Stick to Frontline – safe and effective for cats – and carefully follow the dosages.
And now, to the best news of all. This miracle in an easy-to-use applicator is currently on sale at Amazon. That means a whopping 47% discount! Hurry up and order a couple of packages – they could last you until the end of summer, depending on how many cats you have.
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If you’re like me, you can appreciate the joys of chewing a fresh piece of spearmint gum after a meal. When a toothbrush is not available, these chewing experiences can be just as refreshing. They’re good for your teeth too.
Well, your cat can enjoy the benefits of a similar treatment too. It didn’t take the makers of this product, CET, a lot of research to figure out spearmint will not be the flavor of choice either 😉 So, fish flavor it is, but just as soft and chewy, releasing plaque-fighting enzymes for a thorough treatment that prevents the buildup of bacteria on your cat’s teeth.
CET suggests that you use this product on a daily basis, as part of routine home dental care for felines, or when your regular cat toothbrush is not available. For your cat though, this can be just a fun daily fish-flavored treat – the fresh breath and good strong teeth are just a side benefit!
You can read more about this innovative product, its contents and uses on the product page here – this is also where you can order this product at a great price from Amazon.
One of the advantages of keeping cats indoor-only is in limiting their exposure to fleas, and hence to the worms which fleas often infect their hosts with. However, even cats that are kept indoors can get infected, either during supervised outdoors time, or simply by the odd flea being carried indoors by a human.
Fortunately, treating worms is relatively easy now with effective drugs available over-the-counter. Drontal is probably the most popular anti-worm drug and you can even order it here on Amazon.
It’s a broad spectrum dewormer that is good for cats and kittens over one month old (as long as they weigh more than 1.5 lbs). Experienced cat owners can easily tell when their cat has a worm problem – with the worms or worm segments apparent in the feces and around the anus. If you’re not sure, do consult your vet and get professional guidance.
These tablets should be effective against tapeworms, roundworms and hookworms. Visit the product page on Amazon here.
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.
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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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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