Things Your Cat Wishes You’d Stop Doing Already (Ahem… Avoiding the Vet!)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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