• Deworming Multiple Cats

    Deworming Multiple Cats

    Ah yes, everyone's favorite pet chore. One day you clean your cats' box and
    discover little white chunks of what appear to be cooked spaghetti lodged in the feces,
    that is, until one starts to move. You know then that it's time to deworm your cats. If your
    veterinarian says that your cat doesn't have anything particularly tough or nasty then he
    or she may recommend a regular schedule using commercial dewormers that can be
    found readily in any pet store. Your veterinarian even may have a good general purpose
    dewormer on hand for your use. Fortunately, there is a wide range of deworming
    medicines available on the market. Most are liquid or pill form.

    If you have only one cat, your task is relatively simple. Choose a dewormer that
    your cat will find acceptable if not palatable. Many liquid dewormers claim to be very
    tasty to cats. Unfortunately, many cats would vigorously disagree with that assessment.
    In such a case, if you have access to a pill form of dewormer that your cat is willing to
    swallow, you're in luck. If your cat won't swallow pills without major mayhem breaking
    out and turns his nose up at every liquid dewormer you try, then you have a problem. If
    you have more than one cat, it can become even more of an issue. If your cats will
    happily take whatever you offer, then the only thing you have to worry about is keeping
    the greedy guts from getting more than they should.  But, If each of them has a different
    idea as to what is acceptable (or not) for deworming medicine, then you have a major
    headache.

    Rather than cater to each cats whims and maintain a veterinary pharmacy worth of
    dewormers in your house or routinely running your finicky feline into the veterinarian
    every to he needs deworming, you might try a different route. You will need a liquid
    deworming medicine and a syringe. Syringes are readily available in the livestock
    medication section of farm supply stores. You only need the section with the barrel and
    plunger. No needles are needed or should even be used. Syringes in farm supply stores
    usually offer the two sections separately. Select one of smaller size. Your cat won't need
    large amounts of medicine at any one time.



    Measure out the proper amount of dewormer for your cat into a measuring cup. A
    measuring cup usually comes in the package with a liquid dewormer. Take one of your
    syringes and place the open end (where the needle would normally attach) into the
    measuring cup and draw the medicine up into the barrel by pulling upward on the
    plunger. Try to get it all at one time. You could do this task by increments but trying to
    manage a squirming cat while refilling a syringe really is more difficult than it is worth.
    Now restrain your cat gently and situate yourself so that you can hold the cat and use the
    syringe easily. It could require some experimentation to work out a suitable position for
    the both of you. . If you keep one hand underneath the cats head and cradle his chin it
    will make this part of the task go more smoothly. Slide the end of the syringe a little bit
    into your cat's mouth and slowly depress the plunger This will empty the medicine into
    your cat's mouth slowly enough that he can readily swallow it without choking. Repeat
    for each cat.

    Naturally, your cat will not be particularly pleased with this method. He may
    object rather strenuously. With repetition, however, you will become much smoother
    with the task. You don't need to rush during this task. Take your time to discover what
    will work best for you and your cats. Your cats will become more accustomed to it
    despite themselves. This method will ensure that each cat, even your most finicky, gets
    the proper amount of medicine he needs.  And that, of course, is the whole reason for the
    entire exercise.

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