In my last post, I shared some tips relating to cat health that I had recently learned. I was happy to see by the comments that this was new information for some and indeed helpful. I figured I would share a few more tips. Once again, I apologize for the repetition to those that regularly read 15andmeowing, but I hope they can be of use to someone.
I am sure many of you have cats that purr at the vet, probably because they are nervous and are trying to calm themselves. Joanie always does this and the vet would just say he/she couldn’t hear over the purring. Lately though , they have either turned the water faucet on in the exam room as a distraction (doesn’t always work) or put alcohol on a cotton ball and held it an inch or so away from the cat’s nose. The cotton ball works almost every time making the cat stop purring long enough to hear the heart beat.
Another tip I learned several years ago is great for making cat swallow a pill. I know you can rub the chin to get kitty to swallow, but an even better way is to blow on the nose. These only work if you are lucky enough to get the pill into the cat’s mouth. Some of my cats are impossible and I have to try to sneak the pill into food or a pill pocket. You should always ask if a shot or liquid is available if your cat is impossible.
I just ordered the equivalent of Benadryl in venison flavor from a compounding pharmacy. Prancie has several allergies kept at bay with Children’s Benadryl, but it only came in cherry flavor which made her drool all over. It is pricier, but at least she will take it all. Most meds can be made in chicken or fish flavor too, but Prancie is allergic. I hope this information helps some kitties.
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