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CATPILLIf any of you had to give your cat a pill, you know how difficult this could be. Your cat will wiggle his way away from you and head right to his favorite hiding place. Mine goes under the bed where she knows that I cannot reach her. Her are some tips that might make this “painful” process a bit easier.

See if you can give the pill when your cat is resting, preferably in a high place such as a window sill or maybe her cat bed
Place your thumb and index finger at the cat’s maxilars joint located just behind his mouth.
Very gently, tilt your cats head back and raise his mouth. Pet your cat and talk to him in a calm voice so he feels safe.
Here’s the tricky part. Gently put your middle finger between his front teeth and push down the bottom jaw. Make sure that you have the pill. Keep it between your thumb and index finger. Make sure that you do this at the beginning of this process.
Your cat’s mouth should now be open. Throw the pill as deep as you can in his mouth. Try to get the pill down the throat and not on the tongue. This way he won’t try to spit it up.
Close his mouth and gently rub his throat until you see that he swallowed the pill.
Watch him for a few seconds to make sure that he doesn’t spit it up. Cats are tricky, they can pretend to swallow the pill then spit it out when you’re not looking!
Don’t worry, the process gets easier with time Now after it’s all over give him some cat treats or take out some of his favorite cat toys and play with him for awhile.

I have to give my cat Molly medication. I bought greenies pill pockets for cats and put the pill in the green. My cat Molly loves them. She even waits for more. I never have any trouble giving my cat her pills! She thinks the pill is a cat treat!

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Taking Care of A Little Chihuahua

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

chihuahuaSo you just took home your tiny Chihuahua, now you have to know how to care for it. Chihuahua’s are a wonderful breed and with a little know how, you both can enjoy a long and fun filled life together. Here are five facts to get you started.

1. Feeding your Chihuahua – Your chihuahua must know that you’re the one that is in control. It is recommended that you give him his dog food twice a day once in the morning and once around dinner time. I do not recommend table food unless you give him things like the white meat of a chicken or turkey once in a while. Check with your vet when it comes to table food. Feed your chihuahua about 8 to 10 hours apart. Also, give him a few dog treats two to three times a day and no more. I had a problem with my Chihuahua in that I gave him treats when he wanted them and then refused to eat his “real food.” Feed your Chihuahua wisely. A poor diet can led to poor health.

2. Bathing your Chihuahua – You may bath him about once a month. Chihuahuas’ are groom themselves well and rarely have that “dog smell.” Use a mild shampoo with a moisturizer to prevent dry skin. Make sure that you dry him thoroughly. A wet chihuahua is a cold chihuahua. Do not bath puppies that have not had all of their vaccinations. Consult your veterinarian as to when to start bathing him.

3. Brushing your Chihuahua – You really don’t have to brush him often because his hair is short and he won’t shed that much.

4. Nail Clipping – This is a nerve racking experience. Leave this to the experts and have your vet do it.

5. Walking your Chihuahua – Make sure that you walk your chihuahua at least three to four times a day. Puppies need to be walked more often. Make the walks fairly long to give him the exercise that he needs. Being that chihuahua’s are small dogs, they get cold very easily. Have a few dog coats on hand and use them when it gets cold.

Good luck and enjoy your little friend!

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