Archive for October, 2015

Keeping Your Cat Calm on the Car Ride to the Veterinarian

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015


Chances are, if your cat stays up-to-date on its vaccinations, you have to bring it into the animal clinic at least once a year. A common issue that many cat owners face is that of dealing with a stressed-out kitty on the car ride over to the vet. Fortunately, there are some steps cat owners can take to reduce stress on car rides and make the entire experience better for cats and cat owners alike.

Associate the Carrier With Positive Things

All too often, cats dislike being put in their carriers because they associate it with captivity and negative things. However, there are ways in which you can gradually get your cat to associate its carrier with more positive thoughts. For example, rather than only breaking out the cat carrier when it’s time to go on a car ride, consider leaving the carrier out and open in the house. Make it more inviting with a comfy blanket or some catnip; soon, you may find that your cat actually prefers to be in its carrier, which will make for more comfortable and less stressful car rides.

Consider Covering the Kitty Carrier

If your cat gets stressed out on the car ride to the vet, some cats react well to having a blanket draped over the carrier while the car is in motion. Of course, this can further stress out some cats, so you’ll have to be vigilant of how your cat reacts and act accordingly. Still, it’s worth a try, as some cats get stressed out by not just the movement, but the sights of being in a fast-moving car.

Distract Your Cat With Toys, Catnip, or Treats

Finally, you can try to make the car ride more enjoyable for your cat by providing it with distractions along the way. Sprinkle some catnip in the carrier before you leave to mellow your kitty out on the ride, or distract your cat with its favorite toy. At red lights along the way, consider dropping a treat into the carrier for your cat to enjoy.

While car rides may never be your cat’s favorite thing in the world, there are lots of ways in which you can make car rides less stressful for your feline friend. Looking for more information or advice on helping a stressed-out or high-strung cat? Contact us today!

Avoid Cat Emergencies With These Cat-Care Tips

Friday, October 2nd, 2015


No cat-owner wants to find themselves in a situation where they have to bring their cat into an emergency veterinarian. Still, it happens every day. And while not all cat emergencies are preventable, a good number of them are. Here are a few preventative steps you can take to reduce your chances of having an emergency with your beloved felines.

Watch for Chewing

It’s no secret that cats have a tendency to chew on things: electrical cords, plastic, and Styrofoam–nothing is considered off-limits to a curious kitty. That’s why it’s important for you to do your part in preventing accidents caused by chewing. If your cat has a tendency to chew on plastic or Styrofoam, keep these items out of reach and discipline your cat when he or she tries to chew on such objects.

If your cat likes to chew on electrical cords, protect him or her from shock by investing in some plastic cord covers.

Avoid Dangerous Foods

There are all kinds of foods that should never be fed to a cat. Dairy is a prime example of something that cats should never eat, but many pet owners think it’s good for their cats to feed them milk or yogurt. After all, kittens drink milk from their mothers when they’re born, right? This is true, but the fact remains that most cats naturally develop a form of lactose intolerance once they’re weaned. As such, it’s better to keep them away from foods containing dairy, as this can cause serious stomach upset.

Keep Up-to-Date on Vaccinations

Finally, make sure your cats are up-to-date on all vaccinations. Doing so can help to prevent a medical emergency in addition to giving you greater peace of mind as a pet owner. If you have a vet that your cats have been seeing, he or she should provide you with some kind of notification when the time comes for your cats to receive another round of vaccinations.

Following these tips just might protect your cat from an emergency situation, but we understand that not all cat emergencies are preventable. If your pet is in need of emergency care, please contact us right away.