Posts in Category: The Cat’s Meow
There’s a prevailing misconception that indoor cats have it made. Sure, we’d all love to sleep as much as possible, lounge about, and enjoy meals that magically appear before us, but after a while that would probably get a little old. Although they seem “lazy”, invite any house cat to engage in a little play time and you’ll likely get bombarded with feline enthusiasm.
Why is there a disconnect when it comes to entertaining an indoor cat? With our tips, you and your furry friend won’t have to wonder anymore.Continue…
How amazing would it be to be able to peer right into your pet’s body? You know, to get a really good assessment of how things are going internally?
Well, science isn’t quite there yet, but Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center has the scoop on the next best thing. Did you know that routine pet wellness examinations can give us a wealth of information about your pet’s overall health and wellbeing? They may not exactly be a window into your companion’s body, but regular pet wellness care has just as much value.Continue…
Whether or not you get the pop-culture reference, a smelly cat (or dog) is usually not a good thing. Sometimes a bad odor is associated with rolling in something stinky or a chance encounter with a skunk, but other times there may be something more going on.
When you can’t quite get rid of the odor, Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center wants you to know, Smelly Cat, that it’s not your fault and we are here to help!
Smelly Cat, What Are They Feeding You?
There are many reasons that pets can stink and, with few exceptions, it usually isn’t their fault. Consider the following possibilities:
People love cats, a fact widely supported by social media. But beyond their sheer entertainment value and the fuzzy feelings they invoke, cats have absolute power to deeply and profoundly impact humans – especially the ones that own and care for them.
Just because we are positively affected by cat behavior, it’s a stretch to say that all cats like (or trust) people. This disconnect can be explained by numerous reasons, but we do know that through close observation of body language, we stand a better chance of understanding the cats we wholeheartedly admire.Continue…
Heartworm prevention can be a hot topic in the spring and summer months, and even all year round. Heartworm has a 6 month incubation period, meaning that pets who stop their medication for half the year are at risk.
With summer weather in full force, mosquitoes are on the rise again in our area. There are over 20 types of mosquitoes that can transmit the heartworm parasite to our pets, and they are all active at different times of the year. Luckily, heartworm prevention is safe, effective and easy to administer – even for all 12 months of the year.Continue…
Most cat owners do a wonderful job at meeting the needs of their pet, and they go to great lengths to ensure their feline’s comfort and security. However, some owners of indoor-only cats believe their companions are protected from contagious diseases and parasites simply by virtue of keeping them inside.
Unfortunately, no pet is entirely safe from these threats, but with a proactive approach to indoor cat care, you can definitely lower your pet’s risk of contracting a harmful disease.Continue…
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.
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…
There 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!
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.
No 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?
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.
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.