Observing National Pet Awareness Month With Your Cat

Cat in party hat.

The concept of wellness is perhaps best understood as a pursuit, especially when it comes to cats. Of course, an individual feline may be the picture of optimal health, but there’s always room for improvement. This is particularly true for a species that excels at hiding any sign that they are unwell. November is National Pet Awareness Month, and we think it’s a great time to elevate what it means to be truly aware of feline health and safety needs. That way, we can better provide for them.

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Feline 9-1-1: Identifying Signs That Your Cat Is Sick

A sick cat.

Cat owners are typically highly attuned to the needs and desires of their pet cats. After all, when they’re looking and feeling their absolute best, it’s obvious to all. When they aren’t in tip-top shape, however, they might try to hide symptoms (and they’re pretty successful at this, at least for a time). When you have the ability to know when your cat is sick, you can intervene immediately. Since time is of the essence in most feline ailments, a quick assessment and action could save a cat’s life.

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When You Trim Your Cat’s Claws Well, They Won’t Mind At All (In Theory)

Cat's claws.

Claw maintenance is just one of those things in the world of cat ownership that you really can’t ignore. Like human nails, your cat’s claws will keep growing until they either break or grow into their paw pad (ouch!). And, if your cat is like the ones we know and love, they probably spend a good amount of time every day sharpening their claws into little razors. We understand the trepidation, but trimming your cat’s claws doesn’t have to be stressful, scary, or painful. Without tips and tricks, the experience can be easy and fun!

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How to Know When Your Cat Is Sick

Sick cat.

One of the greatest attributes of the feline species is also partly to blame when they don’t get the help they need. Indeed, cats are secretive, mysterious, and dead set against revealing any signs of weakness. It is their stealthy nature that hides the truth even from the most experienced and involved cat owners. 

Knowing the signs that your cat is sick is a great place to start, but it’s not always clear or easy. However, being able to identify symptoms can help you address illness or injury in a timely fashion.

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How to Identify Anxiety in Cats

An anxious cat hides under a bed.

A cat with an anxiety disorder is a frightened cat. Something has happened in its life to make the cat fearful. It could have been loud noises, mistreatment, a fall, or any event that caused trauma. If your cat is overly sensitive to sounds or abrupt actions, anxiety is likely the cause. A specialized cat veterinarian can diagnose this condition and help you understand how to address it. 

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The Big Hack: What You Need to Know About Hairballs and Cats

Orange tabby cat eating out of bowl.

If you are a cat owner, chances are you have heard that bizarre gag-hack-retch combination of sounds from your furry friend. This noise is usually accompanied by a mess to clean up, along with that strange oblong wad of fur—the dreaded hairball. Hairballs and cats seem to go hand-in-hand, but they aren’t always a normal occurrence and can signal a health problem.

The team at Cat Care of Vinings is here to explain more about hairballs, how you can help your cat pass a hairball, and when hairballs mean trouble. 

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Why the Prevention of Heartworm Disease in Cats Is So Important

A cat sits outside.

Because the focus of heartworm prevention is commonly placed onto our canine friends, owners of dogs and cats may be surprised to learn that heartworm disease affects both species. The fact is, cats are equally vulnerable to the bites of infected mosquitoes. And, to make matters worse, while dogs are able to safely receive treatment for heartworm disease, it is incurable in cats. This is why preventing heartworm disease in cats is so important. 

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Basic Kitten Training for Lifelong Health and Happiness

A kitten climbs out of its carrier.

Cats seem like they come perfectly skilled at living with humans, as if the learning curve to cohabitation doesn’t apply to them. While it’s true that cats are pretty savvy at picking up the routine of a new household, they do benefit from learning some basics from their owners. 

Luckily, kitten training is fairly straightforward. When they know what to do (and, perhaps more importantly, where to do it!), cats can enjoy lifelong health and happiness at home. 

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911: What to Do If Your Cat Has an Emergency

Like all pets, cats are prone to accidents, injuries, and illnesses. In fact, all pets, for the most part, will have at least one medical emergency in their lifetime. While we don’t want to think that something serious can happen to our beloved cat, there is every reason to be aware and prepared, should the unexpected occur. 

Do you know how to recognize a cat emergency? Are you prepared for what to do if your cat has an emergency?

The team at Cat Care of Vinings wants to give our wonderful cat lovers a better understanding of the signs of an emergency and how to quickly respond.

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