Routine care for cats

They include the periodic monitoring of health status, medication administration, and dressings. As simple as they are, they generally require an effective restraint, because the cat is not a patient animal.

Keep your cat

To keep a cat, it must, firstly, give him confidence and secondly, have quick reflexes to strengthen his decision if he tries to escape. It is often better to maintain that force but always keep the ability to block the animal if it manifests inclination to escape or aggression. Beware of teeth and claws!

The easiest way to stop a cat is to place it on a table to grab it with one hand by the scruff of the neck, high up behind his head, and hold each other back legs. A second person can hold the front legs and, if necessary, the cat can be pressed against the table. This type of compression is useful for temperature measurement, which is done with an ordinary thermometer prior to petrolatum and introduced rectally. 

Always take the temperature of a cat who seems sad and behaves abnormally. This will make the difference between a temporary indisposition and a more serious condition. The temperature of the tip of the nose is not a sufficient indication, because it does not necessarily correspond to that of the body.

The badigeonnage mouth, in case of gingivitis or ulceration, force to open it. For this, the head is held with one hand while holding the back of the ears and on the other, lowering the lower jaw by pressing the finger on the incisors. It is often necessary to hold the front legs by an assistant to avoid claws.

Giving a drug

We proceed in the same way to absorb a pill. We must introduce as far as possible the drug in the mouth and quickly shut the mouth. The cat is then kept seconds mouth closed, slightly head thrown back. By feeling the pharynx, can trigger the swallowing.

To give fluids to a cat, the simplest is to use a needleless syringe. We introduce the tip of it between the teeth of the animal and is instilled potion gently, leaving the swallow.

To give an injection

Injections that are practiced most commonly in cats are bites subcutaneous. They do not present any particular difficulties, and it is important to know them, as this can make great services. Animal skin is much less sensitive than ours. The operation is quite simple. Syringe and needle must be carefully sterilized. Be selected needles of 2 cm in length and an 0.6 or 0.7 mm in diameter.

The injection is made at the base of the neck between the shoulders. The skin was disinfected with alcohol or ether. It must raise the skin by pressing and insert the needle with a sharp blow parallel to the body. When passed through the skin, what we feel perfect, we must quickly inject the product to prevent the cat reacts, despite the contention.

Make a bandage

Make a dressing is usually simple. Do hold is much more difficult. The best solution is to start as an ordinary dressing with gauze held by a band of crepe or gauze and finish by surrounding the whole of elastic and highly adhesive tape, which will overflow largely on the coat.

 To remove it easily, it will take the alcohol or ether soak. On the head, we can not do hold a dressing in drilling holes in the band to spend the ears.

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