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.
Did you adopt a cat before the holidays? Get a kitten for Christmas? Make a New Year’s resolution to save a senior in 2021? Whatever your situation, we are here to help with a comprehensive guide of what to do now that your new friend has joined the family!
Happy ‘pawlidays’, everyone! We are ‘whiskering’ you a Happy Hannukah and very ‘meowy’ Christmas! All cat puns aside, the month of December is here, and it is a great time to talk about holiday safety for your cat. After Thanksgiving, the trees start to go up, the menorah gets shined, and holiday lights get untangled. What you might not be thinking of, however, is the safety of your feline friends!
While scrolling the internet for funny cat photos, it isn’t uncommon to come across an adorable fat cat. Lovingly referred to as “Chonks” on the internet, a lot of people just think fat cats have more to love. Unfortunately, just as with humans, if your loving feline family member is overweight, they face future complications such as a shortened lifespan, medical complications, and an uphill battle against the bulge should their owners choose to correct their bad habits. Most of the time extra weight is packed on by well-meaning owners.
Rabies. Just the word alone evokes a sense of fear and unease, and for good reason. Rabies is a viral disease that affects the brain and spinal cord of mammals-including humans. Typically transmitted through a bite from saliva entering the bloodstream, the virus travels from the bite site up through the nervous system to the spinal cord and eventually to the brain, where it causes severe swelling. The virus then travels to the salivary glands, filling the newly infected host with viral saliva. Symptoms of rabies can vary greatly - from passive and lethargic to violent and out of control. The prognosis for people and animals infected with rabies is death.
As cat owners, we have all smelled THAT smell. The smell of cat urine, pungent and unpleasant to say the least. Usually, the smell just means its time to scoop the litter box, but what if it’s coming from outside of the box?
July is designated as Pet Fire Safety Month, and it is a great time to make sure you are doing everything possible to prevent a fire, as well as planning for your cat should a house fire happen. Sadly, it is estimated that half a million pets perish in house fires every year. Reading, understanding, and implementing these suggestions could keep your beloved feline (and you) safe.