It is widely accepted among cat owners that an occasional hairball is just par for the course. However, while all cats groom their fur coats, frequent hairballs definitely (more than about once per month) veer from what is considered normal, and should generate a special inquiry.
What We’re Really Talking About
Cats learn to groom themselves from their mothers, but they aren’t really good at it until they reach adulthood. For this reason, kittens rarely hack up hairballs.
The feline tongue is covered with minute spikes that make easy work of picking up loose/dead hair, dirt, and debris. Since they only face backwards (towards the throat), anything picked up on the tongue is swallowed.Continue…
They’re intelligent, clever, affectionate, and amusing – but cats can also be pretty odd. They puff up when they feel threatened. They click and chatter at birds through the window. They climb, pounce, and ambush their targets. Sometimes, cat owners can become so immersed in their cat’s antics that subtle signals of illness or injury are misjudged. In other words, some cat behaviors can go from being perfectly normal to absolute indications that something is off. So, how do you know the difference?
Such Great Heights
Cats can seem sort of invincible. With their ability to jump several times their own height, climb to dizzying levels, and land gracefully on their feet (most of the time), cats inspire us with their highly evolved skills. To that end, we let a lot of weird, oddball cat behaviors slide because, well, they come with the awesome territory that is cat ownership. Continue…
A lot of time and education goes into discussing heartworm in dogs. As a result, most dog parents are aware of this parasitic disease and take steps to prevent it in our canine companions. But most cat parents aren’t aware that cats can get heartworm, too.
Because mosquito season is on its way, your friends at Clairmont Animal Hospital decided that it was high time to give you a peek into this disease in our feline friends.
It all starts with getting your cat into the carrier, then comes the harrowing car ride to the clinic, followed by the stress of managing a fearful or angry feline in the examination room. Most cat owners agree that taking their cats to the vet is not easy. Cats are creatures of habit, and are highly sensitive to the scary sights, sounds, and smells associated with the veterinary clinic.
At Clairmont Animal Hospital, we understand the challenges of bringing your cat or kitten in for a visit. We’re proud to hold a Cat Friendly Practice certification by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), and are excited to share what this designation means for you and your cat!
If we were asked which feline behaviors we enjoy the most, it would be a pretty long list. We really like (in no particular order) the butt wiggle and pounce, long, slow eye blinks that say “I love you,” chirping while eyeing birds through a window or catio…to be sure, the list goes on and on.
While every cat is unique, they all share certain traits that endear them to cat fanciers around the globe. However, few feline behaviors are more perplexing than when cats knead.
There’s no question that pet cats live longer, healthier lives when they are kept exclusively indoors. Indoor cats are protected from injury, have fewer problems with illness and disease, and tend to have much longer lifespans than their outdoor peers. That being said, any cat owner who has witnessed his or her cat stare longingly out the window for hours on end probably doesn’t feel completely comfortable with the indoor-only arrangement.
But what other option is there? Enter, the “catio”!
All of us at Clairmont Animal Hospital believe that indoor cats shouldn’t miss out on fun and enrichment, which is why we are so excited to tell you all about something called a catio and how you can build one for your feline friends!
We could easily make the case that our cats chose us instead of the other way around. It’s one of the many reasons we love to live with felines – if it’s not their idea, you can hit the road (but maybe come back later for a cuddle or two?). Specifically, it can be slightly difficult to convince a tenacious feline that regular visits to the vet are for his or her own good. However, the secret to helping your cat live a long, healthy, happy life is preventive cat care.
Cats carry the burden of an inaccurate reputation. Many people think they’re a sort of semi self-sufficient species. Certainly, some cats are perceived as less demanding or independent, but they have just as many health needs as other pets.