Educational Articles

Cats + Care & Wellness

  • Taking advantage of proper preventive care can help your cat live a longer, healthier, and happier life. Annual exams are a vital part of your cat's health and allow your veterinarian to check over your pet and allow you to have an open dialogue about possible health concerns.

  • While not a glamorous topic, waste disposal is a fact of life. We toss left- over food, worn out clothes, old newspapers, and countless other items in the trash or recycling bin. But some waste, like the medical variety, requires more careful disposal.

  • Pyrethrin insecticides are naturally derived from the chrysanthemum (mum) flower, and pyrethroids are the synthetic versions. The formulations of these products vary in concentration, synergists, and carriers depending on their intended use.

  • Each and every pet has certain needs that should be recognized and respected. Quality of life is a way to refer to and discuss the day-to-day life and lifestyle of a cat reaching the end of its life. If we can successfully meet an ailing or chronically ill cat's basic needs, then we can feel confident that our efforts in preserving life are justified.

  • Although cats are predators, in nature larger predators will prey upon them. Since sick or old animals make an easy target, any obvious sign of illness will alert other predators that the animal is ill. Therefore, cats have evolved to hide signs of illness.

  • Adding a new kitten to your family is a lot of fun, but it is also a big responsibility. Your kitten will need to see your veterinarian for vaccinations, deworming, and flea control. Proper nutrition is essential for growth, so choosing the right food is important. Spaying or neutering offers health advantages. All kittens should be microchipped to provide identification in case she escapes.

  • Cats are very attached to their home territory, and most of our pet cats live a very sheltered life with a very predictable routine that does not involve travelling away from home. For most cats, a visit to the veterinarian is an overwhelming experience.

  • While cats are more independent than dogs and do well when left alone, they still require the basics such as shelter, clean water and food, mental and physical stimulation, and regular health checks with a veterinarian. As long as you understand what your cat expects of you and are willing to be of service, it should be a long happy relationship.

  • Like humans, cats have two sets of teeth in their lives. There are 26 deciduous teeth, also known as their primary, baby, milk, or kitten teeth, and 30 permanent teeth, also known as their adult teeth.

  • Cats can be very lively travel companions if we take the time to create a positive experience for them. We do need to think through several important logistical issues in order to make travel as smooth and easy for them (and for us) as possible.