Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Tasty Tuesday (#ChewyInfluencer)

Food is a wonderful thing. Trying out new foods is an equally wonderful thing. That's why we are always grateful for our opportunities to test out new goodies thanks to the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program. In fact, testing out new goodies from Chewy.com is exactly what the kitties are doing today!

As evidenced above, the kitties around here taste tested Tiny Tiger™ canned cat food. This pack comes in chicken, turkey, and beef varieties. Though the kitties I know generally prefer canned food of the paté variety, we decided to go right on ahead and try out these chunks in gravy.

Truth be told, I mainly chose this food for Tonks to try out. When Tonks was a much younger kitten, she would eat anything and everything in sight. Flash forward a few months, and she is perfectly finicky, like the rest of the crew at our house. More so, I think Tonks might actually be more picky than all the others kitties I know. I didn't know that was possible. Tonks will not eat any dry food, save for one type of treats. That leaves canned food only, of which she is, of course, exceedingly choosy.

So, did picky Tonks like this Tiny Tiger™ food?

She sure did! I couldn't even finish photographing the food without Tonks locating it and helping herself to a bowl. And, yes, she is eating on the counter.

Guess who else likes the Tiny Tiger™ canned food?

Toby! Indeed, Toby had himself an entire bowl of Tiny Tiger™ goodness.

Did anyone else like it? Let's just say no. If you're looking for proof of this, here's an award-winning photo of Evan scooting promptly away from his bowl.

While only two kitties out of six around here enjoyed this food, since one of those kitties is the insanely-difficult-to-feed Tonks, I'll take it.

(Disclaimer: As members of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program, we received the Tiny Tiger™ variety pack of chunks in gravy canned cat food in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own. We only review products that we believe will be of interest to our readers, and we never recommend a product that we do not believe in.)

Wishing you all a Tuesday filled with tasty goodness!

Our Doodle of the Day:

I often don't have enough variety in my kitty characters, do I? To help remedy that, here's a Siamese bookworm for you.

Our Tip of the Day:

We have three days left of National Cat Heath Month. For these last couple of days, we'll be discussing some methods for administering medication to that kitty of yours. We'll be starting today with oral medications. This is going to be a long one, so kudos to anyone who makes it to the end.

To begin, if your kitty is prescribed a medication in the form of a pill, tablet, or capsule, there are a number of methods for attempting administration. If possible, and if your kitty is open to the idea, you can use pill pockets or another form of treat in which to hide the medication, and then your kitty might simply eat it up that way. Sometimes pills, tablets, or capsules can also be hidden in a bowl of moist food. If it is small enough, the entire pill can be left intact and hidden whole in the food. Or, some pills can be crushed and then stirred in and masked by the moist food. That being said, some pills, tablets, and capsules are not as effective or sometimes not truly safe to crush and expose in this way, so always ask your veterinarian first regarding this method. 

If a kitty will not voluntarily ingest a pill in the above ways, though, then you may very well have to manually pill your cat. First and foremost, be gentle with this method, and make sure your kitty is as comfortable as possible, and of course not harmed. It's also important to ensure that you are not bitten. One of the best methods for pilling a cat involves placing your hand over the cat's head and more or less using their cheekbones as a handle. This way, you can gently tilt your kitty's head back, and they will often then open their mouth on their own. As long as you do it safely, you can also place the tip of a finger on the incisors (not the canines!) of the lower jaw in order to help open the mouth. When your kitty's mouth is open, you can carefully place the pill inside, trying to get it as far back on the tongue as is possible and safe. You can try doing this with the pill plain, or put it in a small treat to better mask it. When the pill is inside the mouth, close your kitty's mouth and gently hold it shut. Sometimes, if needed, blowing on their nose or gently rubbing their throat will prompt them to swallow the pill.

There are also pilling devices on the market. I personally do not prefer to use these, but for kitties who need it, you can perhaps try this method. When using a pilling device, you can use the same methods as indicated above for opening your kitty's mouth, and then use the device to place the pill as far back on the tongue as possible.

For kitties who simply do not tolerate being pilled, there is also the chance that the pill can be suspended in a liquid form. Do discuss this with your veterinarian, though, as this method is not effective with all medications. If the medication at hand is able to be given in liquid form, though, sometimes you can do this yourself, simply by crushing the pill and dissolving it in water or a safe broth or gravy. Other times, pharmacies can prepare a liquid solution for you. For tips on the administration of liquid medications, see below.

Next up, we have liquid oral medications. With these, you use the appropriate syringe or dropper to pull up the prescribed dosage. If your kitty does not sense it and refuse to eat it, you can sometimes mix liquid medication in moist food. If your kitty will not eat food laced with medication, though, then squirting it directly into their mouth is your likeliest option. It is typically recommended that liquid medications be injected into the pocket of space that is between the cheek and the teeth. As needed, you can use the methods indicated above for opening your kitty's mouth for easier administration of the liquid medication. However, do not tilt your kitty's head back when administering liquid medications, as aspiration is possible.

What's more, keep in mind that larger quantities of liquid medications, such as over 0.5 or 1.0 mL of medication, may need to be injected into the mouth in multiple rounds. This is because squirting larger quantities of liquid into your kitty's mouth could be dangerous, such as by potentially leading to aspiration. So, depending on the dosage prescribed, it might be safest to squirt in half or so of the liquid, allowing your kitty to swallow that, and then squirting the rest into the mouth.

Other tips include using having a partner-in-crime to help you administer your kitty's medication. One person can hold the kitty, for example, while the other gives the medication. Whether you are by yourself or have help, you can also use the help of a towel or blanket. You can wrap the kitty in this, to keep them and their legs still during the process.

If you have trouble giving your kitty oral medications, even when using methods such as those discussed above, of course discuss this with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian might be able to suggest other options for medication administration. We will be discussing transdermal medications and subcutaneous injections over the next two days, so if either of those are a solution your veterinarian proposes, we'll be offering tips on those as well.


Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

My first thought was that your fur-babies are pate-lovers! But if Tonks eats it ... I'm exhausted trying to figure out what to feed Bear. He stopped eating an old standby recently and I just can't keep up.

Pam and Teddy said...

I wouldn't have liked it either because I like "non-chunky" foodables like pate. Oh well - even if ONE liked it, it was still a winner.

Hugs, Teddy

World of Animals, Inc said...

Thanks for sharing your review. Even with two out of six liking it. We know you are very happy that Tonks liked it. Tonks won't be picky anymore. Have a wonderful day.
World of Animals

Timmy Tomcat said...

Nice review. We just did the same but all of us liked it. We do admit it was the gravy that pushed the needle fur us
Timmy and Family

The Island Cats said...

How pawsome that Tonks liked the food! We haven't tried this one yet...but we may give it a try.

Eastside Cats said...

As usual, you can buy the finest food for your cat...but if they won't eat it, then it's not worth it. Thanks for the review.

pilch92 said...

I didn't realize Tonks had gotten so picky. I am glad it was a hit with her :) Very cute drawing. Excellent tips too. I pill many cats every day, some easier than others. :)

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Ooh I love the Siamese in your doodle! Glad you've added him to your cast of characters :) Mudpie loved the gravy in that food.

messymimi said...

Let’s hope Tonks has found the food you can stick with.

Lovely doodle, and great tips. One thing i like is there are now long lasting injectable antibiotics, making giving a pill daily for several days unneeded.

meowmeowmans said...

Way to go, Tonks and Toby! It sounds like the other kitties have been giving Tonks lessons in that finicky stuff. :)

Cathy Keisha said...

I guess there's a few four legged fur babies who like chunks rather than pate.