One of the health issues both dogs and cats often face is chronic bronchitis. In my experience with kitties, after the initial infection, emotional stress brings on flare ups. It appears like a cold with coughing, runny nose, and eyes.

Flare ups can last anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. To help the cat recover quicker, try to reduce their stress, make sure they have plenty of quality sleep time, and make sure their food and water bowls are full and accessible.

This is an infectious situation and if you have several cats, it is best to keep them separated until the infection has healed.‚Äč

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Another quite common health issue for cats is hairballs. The larger and furrier the cat, the bigger problem it is. While there are many different gels available to help the hairballs pass through, I found that I had to try several different brands in order to find one the kitties would lick off my finger.

Sometimes, if a cat isn't immediately receptive to the gel, a person can be inclined to chase the cat around and finally end up putting it on their fur for them to lick off. This really isn't a good idea. There can be negative ramifications to your relationship with your cats. Here are some things to try:

  • Try several types over the course of a month or two, and see if you can find one your cat likes.
  • When you give it to them, be patient and move slowly. If your cat thinks you are going to force that gel into or onto them, they are going to run off or scratch and bite.
  • Let them sniff it on your finger and talk lovingly to them. Then pet them and tell them how good they are. Positive reinforcement not only helps the current situation, but also makes it more enjoyable for the kitty and next time they might be more relaxed and receptive.      

I use the Sentry Petromalt, shown to the right. I went through several brands before I found one that my cats would tolerate.

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