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Struggle to give your cat a tablet? You're not alone...

If you struggle to get your cat to take a tablet, you're not alone as new research by Bayer Animal Health shows that 79 per cent of owners admit to resorting to covert tactics to ensure that their pet is protected.

administering a tabletAlthough the majority of cat owners (56 per cent) understand the importance of deworming their pet regularly, half of frustrated owners admit to hiding deworming tablets in cat food and a further 27 per cent go as far as to buy special ‘treats’ such as pate or cream cheese to entice their pet to swallow a tablet.

Also, seven per cent have gone as far as to cook a special meal for their cat, just to make sure that they have received their dose of dewormer.

Even with the most carefully executed plan, there can be problems as 22 per cent of owners report that they have found tablets spat out around the house and one in twenty (6 per cent) say that they have witnessed their cat being sick after taking a tablet.

Emma Milne, TV vet and cat owner, says: “When it comes to deworming cats, it doesn’t need to be an undercover mission. Effective spot on dewormers, available from vets, provide certainty that a cat has had a full dose as spot-on products can’t be spat out or licked off when applied correctly and so ensure that they are fully protected against all the common worms affecting cats in the UK.”

For more advice on how to give your stubborn cats a pill, check out our website.

* Do you have any sneaky tips to get your cat to take their medication? Let us know!

Cat competition!

Win a Cheshire & Wain luxury cat collar!

The luxury leather collars from Cheshire & Wain are perfect for felines who appreciate the finer things in life.

Available in six colour options — Lustrous Apple (red), Heritage Purple, Hard Candy (baby pink), Midnight Ray (speckled navy), Uluru Blush (tan/orange) and Earthen Blush (brown) — the soft leather collars are handmade in London and lined with soft suede so they're comfortable on your cat's neck.

The collars also available in two size options — small to medium (7 to 9in around the neck) or medium to large (9 to 11in around the neck). And as well as looking great, the collars are safe to wear with an incorporated, hidden safety release buckle, which will release if your cat's collar gets caught.

Finished with a gold-plated falconry bell and a solid brass buckle, the collars cost £49 to £69 from Cheshire & Wain's website.

We have one small to medium Cheshire & Wain luxury leather collar in Hard Candy, worth £59, up for grabs! Made from smooth baby pink leather with traditional grooved edge detail, it's lined with soft burgundy suede.

*This collar originally appeared in the January 2014 issue's buyer's guide to cat collars!

How to win a Cheshire & Wain luxury cat collar:

If you receive the Your Cat newsletter, there will be a link on the email to update your details and a tick box option to enter the competition. Click here to register to the Your Cat newsletter if you don't already receive it. The closing date is 12pm on Thursday April 24, 2014. Good luck! This competition is for UK residents only.

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