Getting a Cat to Take a Pill

Cat Looking at Medication
Cat Looking at Medication

It is just bigger than a freckle. However, Earl Gray, my cat can find the tiny pill buried in his food. He can lick his bowl to where it sparkles–and leave behind the meds.

The pill is cut in half, and it is my job to make sure he gets one half in the a.m. and the other half at night. We found out that Earl has an overactive thyroid. I suspected that because he was ravenous. He has always been fit and trim. Now he is a mere six pounds.

My son, Jordon, and I took him to our vet a few days ago. I was hoping he didn’t have a kidney problem. That is always bad news. Thryoid is something I’m familiar with; I have an under active one.

Hyperthyroidism in Cats
Veterinarians estimate that about two percent of cats over the age of 10 will develop an over active thyroid. The good news is that it is treated with a tiny pill called methimazole or the brand name Tapazole. If left untreated, hyperthyroidism

5 Things You Need to Know before You Get A Dog

Are you ready for a new commitment in your life? While this one gives you lots of unconditional love, it’s essential to note that with this, as with every relationship, you will need to invest time and work. Go into it knowing that it will be worth every moment.

1. Do your homework

If you have never lived with a dog, visit your local dog park, talk to friends who have dogs and check out books on dog care. Before you are ready to commit, you may want to volunteer at your local animal shelter or talk to the workers there about the dogs in their care. They know their personalities and can find a good match for you.

You may want an active dog who loves the outdoors or you may prefer a couch potato who will sit by your side while you both watch the tube. By visiting your local animal shelter, you can observe the dogs who are looking for their forever homes.

2. A few facts to know

  • The average life expectancy of large-breed dogs is 15 years, and small breeds can live

6 Tips for Raising Healthy and Happy Cats

catCats are a lot like us. We cat parents know that while it is nice being around loving family and friends, we value our independence. Maybe we all have a little cat in us.

We also know that once we gain the trust of a cat, we’ll have a friend for life. A happy and healthy cat will reward us with affection. Showing them trust is easy. Following are six tips for raising healthy and happy cats.

1. Cat Naps

Cats sleep between 13 and 16 hours a day. They like having a warm and comfortable place to curl up in, even if that is on your bed, in an open linen closet (that’s where my mom’s cat sleeps) or in her own personal cat bed. One of my cats sleep on my desk while I work because she likes being near (at least that is what I tell myself) and she loves the big window that floods the room with sunlight. Getting 40-plus winks is quite restorative.

  1. You are what you eat applies to cats too

Poor nutrition leads to health problems. Look for a

The History of Pet Insurance and What You Never Knew

Pet Insurance of today

Pet insurance pays either in part or wholly for your pet’s treatment albeit others also pay out when the pet does or is stolen. Even though much of the world’s pet enthusiasts are yet to fully insure their pets, the future looks promising. The single and stand-out feature to help conclude that pet insurance will utterly be embraced all over the world in future is not just the increasing veterinary bills and, of course, the growth of pet insurance in the recent era.

In spite of being not just beneficial, but also a perfect remedy for the surging veterinary costs, pet insurance can only be termed as the greatest human invention towards domestic animals. Recently just gaining mainstream acceptance in the world, this norm is perhaps a couple of decades old in the US. Despite that, the history of pet insurance and its chronology of events as it has come to be, what today’s pets enjoy is largely a refined idea that traces its roots in Europe. According to, there’s a lot to take form today’s industry, unlike in the ancient times.

The History


Learn to Speak Cat

Whenever I see a cat, I greet him by blinking slowly. Cats, like dogs, don’t like it when you stare at them. It’s intimidating; no one likes to be stared at!

When a cat stares at something, whether it’s a bird or a toy ball , it is often ready to attack. So, blinking reassures them that you are not a threat. Usually, when I blink, cats blink back and slowly approach me, allowing me to pet them. To me blinking is just one form of cat communication.

Decoding Your Cat’s Body Language
Speaking cat or dog entails observation and understanding body language. With cats, ears and tails say a lot about their moods. A cat’s ears are quite amazing. Cats have over 20 muscles in those tiny ears and they can make them move in all sorts of directions. They can swerve forward, backward, up and down, and move in different directions.

Straight up, slightly pointed forward ears are signs of a happy cat. If you pet her and her eyes close, you have a very content kitty.

Twitching ears, just like twitching people, are nervous. A soft coo from you will ease the situation. If the twitching persists and the ears

8 Reasons to Adopt A Senior Dog

Dogs that usually have trouble getting adopted are the ones with a little more grey on their muzzles. Our bias earns these dogs the tag of being “less adoptable.”

Dogs that are seven years or older are regarded as seniors.  Unfortunately, dogs five or older have a harder time getting adopted.  Most people prefer adopting puppies. Puppies, however, can be a handful, and many people don’t realize how much more effort goes into training a puppy.

Adopting a senior dog can prove to be an enriching experience for both you and your family. Here are eight reasons for adopting a senior dog:

1. They are Accustomed to Human Routine 

Adopting a senior dog could mean that you spend less time training the dog and more time bonding with it. They are often experienced and trained to obey basic commands like sit, stay, and the all-important no.  A senior dog will not be as energetic and frisky as its younger counterpart, but that could be a good thing if you are looking for a more sedate companion.


2. What You See Is What You Get 

When adopting a dog for a family, it is important to know the nature and personality of the dog. Does he

Cats Eating Dog Food and Dogs Eating Cat Food

I know some of you live with cats and dogs. Often your cat eats on the counter and the dog’s food is on the kitchen floor. What about those of you who don’t want your cats on counters or tabletops?  Has your cat ever tasted the dog food? Has your dog eaten the cat food?

A few of you have written to me asking about feeding both cats and dogs in the same household. I have lived with two cats and one was heavier than the other—so that is an issue too. I spoke with Dr. Amy Dicke, Technical Services Veterinarian, P&G Pet Care, about feeding cats and dogs.

“It’s my experience that dogs like cat food more than cats like dog food,” she explains. “So separate feeding might be as simple as putting the cat food in a place the dog can’t get to.”

Dr. Dicke suggests:

  • Placing the cat’s food at a height attainable by the cat, but not the dog. That would include countertops, washers, dryers, bureaus or wall shelves.
  • Designate one room as the cat’s room. Put a baby gate across the doorway. The cat will have to hop over the baby gate. Or position the baby gate so