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  • By Janis Ringuette
    Jul 15, 2014
    "Cats can’t spit" is the third in a series of witty, wise books by this keenly observant, knowledgeable author. Pat Erickson’s entertaining and lively essays have a serious purpose, focusing in particular on misunderstandings which lead humans to incorrectly blame their cats for poor outcomes. She provides specific information about cat anatomy and behaviors to help humans handle common problems with their cats without conflict. The delightful and instructive title essay is my personal favorite. I learned cat jaws work differently than human jaws and why understanding this fact matters a great deal when the time comes for an owner to administer meds. After struggling to insert a pill in a resistant cat’s mouth, many owners later discover that very pill--not swallowed after all--on the floor. Irritated owners often blame cats for the willful act of spitting the pill out. Not so. Remember what the title says: cat’s can’t spit. Cats can’t “chew, grind, spit or suck” either. No... More > way they can physically move those pills like humans. Humans have lateral jaw movement and cats don’t. “Cats can't shift their lower jaws, they can’t retrieve food particles caught between teeth and cheek, nor can they easily reposition a pill. Random tongue action is as likely to fling the pill out as it is to maneuver it into swallowing position, even if the cat were trying.” Now we get it: “A pill ‘spit out’ is a poorly placed pill.” For a better result, humans must change the procedure and Erickson provides useful tips on how to do that. One practical step is to accustom cats to having their mouths touched well before any pill is needed; giving meds later will be much easier. She spells out how to place pills in a cat’s mouth for best results. Other essay topics include use of restraints (the best restraint is the “cat’s own self control”); understanding and evaluating inflammations; how to stop undesirable behaviors; when and how to administer nose and eye drops; and the science of cat hair with tips on grooming, such as how to remove a mat. Entertaining and artistically pleasing images enrich and illustrate the content.< Less
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First Edition
July 11, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.43 lbs.
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