What New Cat Owners Should Know Before Adopting

New cat owners have challenges and rewards to look forward to.One of the easiest things to do in life is fall for a cat’s charms. Even those that have never enjoyed living with felines, or folks with allergies, can see that cats are purr-fectly irresistible. People who have never owned a cat might not realize, however, that there’s much more to it than long, lazy blinks, happy scampers, cuddles, and playtime. New cat owners have some serious questions to ask before adopting, but if answered honestly, the results are 100% positive.

Strong Impulse

Many new cat owners dive in before truly looking at the big picture. A lack of planning, preparation, and foresight are typically the root causes that feline adoptions go awry, and the cats themselves are the ones who suffer, unfortunately.

To prevent the surrender of a cat who needs a good, dependable owner, it’s critical to consider the long view of caring for them over the course of their entire life (which could be as long as 20 years). Continue…

Check into the Pet Clinic: The In’s and Out’s of Cat Wellness Care

cat wellnessThere are many compelling reasons to adopt a cat, but one factor that draws in prospective owners is the idea that cats require less day-to-day care and attention. Sure, many cats might keep more to themselves than some dogs, but that doesn’t mean their health can be ignored. When you commit to a feline friend, you’re saying that cat wellness matters to you. And it matters to us, too!

Routine Visits

We strongly advise cat owners to bring their cats in to see us twice a year for cat wellness examinations. This preventive approach allows us to remain on the forefront of your cat’s health. By taking care of any developing problems before they get out of hand, we can sustain wellness for longer periods of time.

Continue…

GACK! Are Hairballs Normal?

hariballsNo sound is quite as unsettling as the midnight “hack,” “gag,” or “bletch” from Fluffy the cat. Not only is the sight and sound of hairballs being coughed up disturbing, it often also seems equally distressing for our cats. So, what are these mystery lumps of fur, and are they a normal and healthy function of being a cat?

Defining Hairballs

Despite their name, “hairballs” or trichobezoars are not orb shaped as the name implies. Instead, they’re typically thin and cylindrical, a shape formed by emerging through the esophagus. Hairballs are essentially wads of undigested hair along with digestive fluids, bile, and sometimes undigested food.

Continue…

Your Cryptic Cat: The Many Ways Your Cat Communicates With You

The feline species is nothing if not…enigmatic. One second you’re playing with a cat who’s attentive, affectionate, and sweet – only to be casually ignored the very next minute. Fickle, mysterious, or downright rude, your cat’s personality doesn’t always give much away. It’s clear (or painfully obvious) that your feline is trying to tell you something… But what?

Understanding the many ways your cat communicates with you not only provides deeper insight, it can even help you meet the needs of your sometimes fierce, sometimes friendly feline.

Breaking it Down, Kitty-Style

Maybe it’s due to their innately mysterious nature, but it seems we’re always looking for ways to understand cats. After all, their unique characteristics are what make them so beloved by people worldwide.

Continue…