Osteoarthritis pain (or OA) is a type of arthritis that occurs when the protective cartilage in joints wears down, causing bones to rub against one another. OA typically occurs in the elbows, hips, knees, shoulders, and spine, and it can seriously slow your cat down and can cause life-altering pain. Sadly, once that cartilage starts to deteriorate, a vicious cycle of inflammation and pain occurs. OA is not just an elderly cat problem either, it can start in cats as young as age 2! OA exists in almost 40% of all cats, and in almost 90% of cats over the age of 12.
The holiday season is upon us! If you are like us and enjoy buying a special little something for your feline friend, then look no further. This gift guide will help you find the purr-fect gift for that little ball of fluff that gives you so much love in return!
Did you know that cats can suffer from diabetes, just like humans, and that cases of diabetes in cats are on the rise?
House plants are all the rage right now! Whether you are keeping up with the latest trends, or just wanting to beat the blues this winter, bringing a house plant into your life can improve concentration, productivity, reduce stress levels, boost your mood, and clean your air! However, cat owners beware! If your little monster is too curious about some types of plants, it can result in a trip to the emergency clinic. Here are ten popular house plants to avoid in feline-friendly homes!
Every cat owner has experienced it. You’re in your bed, blissfully drifting off to sleep in the silence of your home when you hear IT. That sound coming from the depths of your cat as whatever is inside is trying to make its way outside. First, there are a few short, muffled hiccup-sounding noises, followed by a cough and a splat as whatever your cat has birthed through their gullet hits the floor. Then, suddenly, you are not so sleepy anymore, a little nauseous yourself, and ready to grab the paper towels and cleaning products. Alright, perhaps a bit dramatic, but some variant of this story exists for the vast majority of cat owners.
The dreaded vet visit…For most people, preparing for a vet visit involves chasing your cat down, pulling them out from their hiding space of choice, wrestling them into their carrier, and eventually incurring a few scratches and maybe a bite along the way. The next half of getting them there is spent in the car while your cat yowls from their carrier- which can only be described as your cat shouting profanities from the backseat.
Did you know that there is a better way? In this edition of our blog, we will discuss how you can make vet visits much easier and the benefits of choosing a cat-only clinic!
Cats are mysterious! Even their owners can have a difficult time knowing EXACTLY what is going on in their secret lives. Do you know how much your cat drinks on average? Cats are considered poor drinkers for a few factors, and their hydration is very important to their overall health and well-being. Let’s say hello to hydration!
If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that we need to be prepared for situations that we might not be expecting. Part of making emergency preparedness plans also include making sure our feline friends are purr-pared! Get your checklist ready and pack a bag - here are things you need to consider while preparing to be prepared!
The call of the great outdoors can be tempting for our feline companions! The breeze blowing, birds chirping, sun shining, rodents scampering, and plenty of interesting places to explore is essentially a call to their instinctual behaviors. If your cat has ever sat at the window, longingly and wistfully viewing the outdoors, you might have been tempted to give in to their desires. While all these great outdoor experiences await them, so do dangers. So, what is the answer to the age-old question-- should I let my cat outside?
February is Pet Dental Health Month, which makes it a great time to talk teeth! Cats can experience a number of health-related issues which can be exacerbated by dental disease. Regular oral exams, good dental hygiene, and regular anesthetized dental cleanings are crucial to keeping on top of your cat’s overall wellness. So, what do we need to keep on the look out for? What are their signs and symptoms of dental disease? And how do we prevent them? Read on to find out! Let’s start by defining some terms used to describe dental disease.