thanks for all the support. my cat has a tracheal infection, so i have to give him amoxicillin twice a day. the rash above his eye is probably a bug bite, but the vet plucked hairs from the area and will let me know for sure next week. i have an ointment for it. i should've asked how to give the oral medicine, but i didn't. any advice? i got him to take it and only a little shot back out, but he was totally miserable. once i got it in his mouth he seemed to enjoy it. it smells like bubble gum. it made him a little hyper. i don't want to stress him out. should i scruff him? i don't like to restrain him, but he needs the medicine. i use freshstep clumping and am wondering if the dust is to blame for the irritation to the trachea? maybe i should switch to a clay litter.