Although cats consistently beat out dogs for the title of “Most Popular Pet,” owners don’t bring them in to see a veterinarian as often as their canine counterparts. In fact, studies show that veterinarians see 5 dogs for every 1 cat. As cats get older, they’re even less likely to make it in for a wellness exam.
Anyone who’s ever owned a cat probably isn’t surprised by this statistic. Cats are notoriously resistant to their carriers and often experience high levels of fear and stress while at the clinic. As a result, millions of cats don’t receive the health care they need. Because cats are hardwired to mask signs of illness or injury, regular visits to the veterinarian are critical.
At Cat Care of Vinings, we take the bond between cats and humans seriously. We know cat owners don’t want their pets to suffer, yet the importance of regular wellness exams cannot be overstated. With this in mind, we’re proud to have certified Fear Free professionals at our practice and want to share the benefits of what this means to our patients.Continue…
Cat owners are lucky to be able to closely observe feline behavior every day. We’re in awe by their reflexes, impressed by their accuracy, and inspired by their cleverness. However, one of the cutest, sweetest things that cats do is knead.
Also called “making biscuits” or “working the dough,” this action consists of rhythmically pressing their front paws into a warm, squishy surface (like your lap!). Knowing why cats knead may help their owners understand – and appreciate – the wonders of this feline behavior.Continue…
Since their domestication nearly 12,000 years ago, cats have long been considered creatures of myth and mystery. From being worshipped in ancient Egypt (a cat cemetery with more than 3,000 cat mummies was discovered!) to being viewed as a symbol of liberty during the Roman Empire, the housecat has had a wild ride through history.
When cats hide, they aren’t simply waiting for you to seek them out. Instead, cats sniff out quiet, dark, seemingly inaccessible places so they can go it alone – especially if they are in ill health. But why do they do this? How can cat owners help? Paying extra close attention to the subtle art of feline behavior is a good place to start.
February is National Cat Health Month; and while we focus on cat health every day, we wanted to take advantage of the spotlight to showcase this often-misunderstood feline behavior.Continue…
Our cats are seemingly independent, self confident, and poised. Their natural instinct to take great care of themselves is one of the attributes we love best about them. But, make no mistake: our kitties need us for companionship as well as to ensure they get the care they need and deserve.
One place we may not think about on a regular basis is our cat’s mouth. After all, who wants to take a look inside there, with all those sharp teeth? But regular cat dental care is of one of the best ways to keep our feline friends healthy, inside, and out.Continue…
When it comes to Atlanta veterinary care for those of the feline persuasion, we believe there is nowhere better to turn to than Cat Care of Vinings. Our sincere passion for cats and their care is difficult to match, as is our love for sharing it with cat fanciers near and far.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen our blog’s readership grow faster than fluffy kitten, and we are sincerely grateful that so many of you have turned to our cat care blog time and time again to find the reputable cat health information you and your pretty kitty deserve.
So, without further ado; we offer you…
The majority of our beautiful state enjoys a sub-tropical climate. We have hot, humid summers and super mild winters that enable residents to spend as much time outdoors as they like (or not!). What this means for cat parasite prevention is that our efforts to keep bugs at bay must be a year-round affair. Without a consistent approach to disease prevention, the cats we know and love could be at risk. Not on our watch!
Not Just a Nuisance
Bugs, particularly those that spread terrible diseases, aren’t just a nuisance. Responsible for infecting countless numbers of mammals every year, a single bite from a parasite can result in an unexpected fatality if preventive measures aren’t enforced on a year-round basis.Continue…
Many cat owners believe that their cats are better off at home instead of a boarding facility, since felines are incredibly territorial. However, despite every last effort to ensure their safety and wellbeing, accidental injury or sudden illness can happen while you’re out of town. Sure, a friend, relative, or neighbor might pop in for daily meals, litter box duties, and attention, but unless your cat is being closely monitored in your absence, calamity can occur. Boarding your cat with us is the best solution!
The primary reason why cat owners ultimately decide to board their cat instead of hiring a cat sitter is medical care and attention. Veterinary hospitals provide consistent monitoring of daily health and wellbeing, and we know when something is “off”. Our trained staff can address any needs that pop up in your absence.
Additionally, cats that depend on medication, subcutaneous fluid therapy, or specialized diet can have all their needs promptly addressed by a caring, professional staff.Continue…
It is good news is that humans are living longer, healthier lives. But the great news is that our cats are living longer, healthier lives too! Our feline companions used to be considered “getting up there” at around age 10 or 12 years of age.
Now, according to Cornell University Feline Health Center (CFHC), that figure needs to be adjusted downward to 6 to 7 years of age. According to CFHC, the idea that one human year equals seven cat years is incorrect: a 10-year-old cat is really closer to 53 in human years, and a 15-year-old cat is more akin to a person aged 73! Continue…
While crate training cats may seem counterintuitive to many, it is one of the smartest things you can do as a cat owner. Why? Simply put, a crate-trained cat is a cat that is ready for action. Whether that action is a trip to see your veterinarian, making a cross-town (or country) move with the family, or an emergency evacuation, having a cat that is comfortable with going into, and hanging out in, his or her crate is a plus.
Luckily, cats naturally love cozy, semi-enclosed spaces such as cardboard boxes, baskets, and other den-like areas. Even though this may seem hard, it really shouldn’t be too much of an adjustment. The goal is to accustom your cat to the idea of “the crate.” Simply, make it a safe and comfortable place that is part of daily life.
Crate Training Cats 101
If possible, we recommend that you start crate training your cat when they are still a kitten. If you are crate training an adult cat, the same general procedures apply, but may require a bit more patience on your part. Continue…
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