A Purr-fect Year: Cat Care of Vinings’ Top 5 Cat Care Blogs of 2018

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.

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Do You Have Doubts About Boarding Your Cat? Let’s Dispel Them.

Boarding your cat can be a great alternative to a pet sitter

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 Difference

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.

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Caring for Your Senior Cat

A senior cat needs extra feline health considerationsIt 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…

Crate Training Your Cat

Crate training your cat can help get your cat to the vetWhile 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…

The Heart Of The Matter: Cats and Heartworm Awareness

Here at Cat Care of Vinings, we often talk about heartworm disease with our clients–there are so many myths out there regarding its incidence, prevalence, and prevention. It sounds complicated, but it is actually very simple.

First things first, unless your furry kitty friend lives literally without ANY possible exposure to even one mosquito, your baby is at risk. Mosquitoes carry heartworm disease and pass it from dog to cat to cat to dog and so on. The best way to protect your cat or kitten is with year-round preventative measures EVEN when indoor-only.

Heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states in cats, and risk factors are impossible to predict. The truth is that all cats are at risk, regardless of their life-style. Multiple variables, from climate variations to the presence of wildlife carriers, cause rates of infections to vary dramatically from year to year—even within communities. Nothing truly freezes or dies in the South East to end the life cycle of mosquitos and give us a well-deserved break!

Furthermore, heartworm disease in cats is NOT treatable, difficult to detect, life-threatening and very preventable. Signs of overt heartworm disease in our feline friends rarely manifests until very late; this makes a diagnosis difficult. This seems all “gloom and doom” but truly, the bottom line for cats and heartworm disease is prevention,  prevention, and more prevention!

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Why, Oh Why, do Cats Hate Water?

You know that moment when you and your cat are really gelling together? In that single instant, you might be reading, snuggling, playing, or simply hanging out in the same general space at the same time; it’s like you’re almost the same as the other. It’s not uncommon for cat lovers to sometimes feel…feline-ish. It’s only fair to assume that cats might also feel a bit human from time to time, right?

All this could be universally accepted except for one thing: cats hate water. While people shower in it, wash their hands, and swim through it on a regular basis, cats look on in abject disgust. But why?

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Owning a Cat Improves Your Human Relationships in Wonderful Ways

Documented research proves that dog owners are more outgoing and social than other people, but the reach and power of owning a cat is not as well known. Cat owners know how wonderful it is to share their home with a cat or two. While it’s fun and rewarding to have a cat, we also learn a great deal from our feline relationships.

What does this mean for our human relationships? Only great things!

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Kitten Care: The First Three Months

kitten careThere’s something undeniably special about kittens; maybe it’s the large and inquisitive eyes, or the precious and tiny paws, or the little tails that continually twitch in the excitement of exploring a new environment. Taking care of a kitten is an exercise in playfulness and delight, to be sure.

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Should I Have a Cat First Aid Kit? You Betcha!

For all intents and purposes, it appears that it’s great to be a cat. They might eat, sleep, and play like other animals, but everything they do tips the cute-ometer. Unfortunately, cats are also excellent at finding trouble – but they don’t always land on their feet. For the times your cat comes home with scratches, bites, or other injuries, it’s vital to have a cat first aid kit to lean on.

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Needy Cat, Needy Cat: It’s Not Your Fault

needy catOf all their endearing qualities, it’s their independence that causes us to fall in love with felines. As a group, cats don’t need their owners in the same way…other popular four-legged friends might (yeah, we’re looking at you, dogs!). But what happens when an otherwise unfettered feline suddenly starts to follow you around, begging for attention? A needy cat may not necessarily set off every alarm, but any swift changes in behavior can definitely signal that something’s amiss.

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