TGIF! Is your cat excited for the weekend? Are they ready to party?

…Then again, aren’t they ALWAYS up for partying late at night?

TGIF! Is your cat excited for the weekend? Are they ready to party?

…Then again, aren’t they ALWAYS up for partying late at night?

Does it frustrate you whenever your cat gets up onto your kitchen counter or table top? A lot of the times this can be a bit frustrating; especially when we’re cooking or have food on the table, or even when we’re working on other things. We tend to “Shoo” them off, but unfortunately, that doesn’t always work because they just get back up on it later. The reason for this is because they are supreme tree-climbing hunters, with strongly muscled backs and legs that give them tremendous power to jump. They like jumping and climbing to high places in order to survey their territory or even to just hide. If this is something that troubles or frustrates you at home, there are alternatives to climbing on tables and countertops as well as ways to discourage them from doing so. Visit this link for more information:

http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/cat-articles/keeping-your-cat-off-countertops-and-tables

Does it frustrate you whenever your cat gets up onto your kitchen counter or table top? A lot of the times this can be a bit frustrating; especially when we’re cooking or have food on the table, or even when we’re working on other things. We tend to “Shoo” them off, but unfortunately, that doesn’t always work because they just get back up on it later. The reason for this is because they are supreme tree-climbing hunters, with strongly muscled backs and legs that give them tremendous power to jump. They like jumping and climbing to high places in order to survey their territory or even to just hide. If this is something that troubles or frustrates you at home, there are alternatives to climbing on tables and countertops as well as ways to discourage them from doing so. 

Visit this link for more information:

http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/cat-articles/keeping-your-cat-off-countertops-and-tables

Here at Central Texas Cat Hospital we are a Gold Status Cat Friendly Practice. “What does that mean for my cat and I?” you might ask. You already know we focus on the care of ONLY felines, but being a Certified Cat Friendly Practice means so much more. Learn more here:

http://catfriendlypractice.catvets.com/uploads/Pages%20from%20CFPCatOwnerTrifoldFINAL.pdf

Here at Central Texas Cat Hospital we are a Gold Status Cat Friendly Practice. “What does that mean for my cat and I?” you might ask. You already know we focus on the care of ONLY felines, but being a Certified Cat Friendly Practice means so much more. 

Learn more here:

http://catfriendlypractice.catvets.com/uploads/Pages%20from%20CFPCatOwnerTrifoldFINAL.pdf

A lot of us wonder why cats tend to chew on, or even eat, plants and there isn’t really a definitive answer, but there are speculations as to why. Some being your cat may just be looking for some fun, something to chew on, or even to solve gastrointestinal discomfort or bring up hairballs. Green plants might also provide some missing nutrients, but there’s currently no scientific evidence that plant eating satisfies any nutritional deficiency.
Here is an article with more information:
http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/cat-articles/cats-who-eat-plants 

A lot of us wonder why cats tend to chew on, or even eat, plants and there isn’t really a definitive answer, but there are speculations as to why. Some being your cat may just be looking for some fun, something to chew on, or even to solve gastrointestinal discomfort or bring up hairballs. Green plants might also provide some missing nutrients, but there’s currently no scientific evidence that plant eating satisfies any nutritional deficiency.

Here is an article with more information:

http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/cat-articles/cats-who-eat-plants 

I can’t stand how cute this video is! Enjoy! 

Did you know not only is it Dental Health month, but it is also Spay and Neuter awareness month? But just like Dental month, Spay and Neuter awareness goes on all year. One of the many reasons it is important to spay and neuter is to prevent over population; especially since there are already so many animals without homes. In the U.S., there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering shelters every year. About half are adopted and, tragically, the other half is euthanized. The number of homeless pets vary by state, and in some states there are as many as 300,000 animals euthanized every year. These are not the offspring of “street” animals, but the offspring of pets in homes. Intact males and females are more likely to escape from the home which puts them at the higher risk for becoming lost, hurt or even killed. For more information and many more reasons as to the importance of spay and neutering, visit the links below:
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/spayneuter/spay-neuter-top-ten.aspx

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/facts/why_spay_neuter.html

Did you know not only is it Dental Health month, but it is also Spay and Neuter awareness month? But just like Dental month, Spay and Neuter awareness goes on all year. One of the many reasons it is important to spay and neuter is to prevent over population; especially since there are already so many animals without homes. In the U.S., there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering shelters every year. About half are adopted and, tragically, the other half is euthanized. The number of homeless pets vary by state, and in some states there are as many as 300,000 animals euthanized every year. These are not the offspring of “street” animals, but the offspring of pets in homes. Intact males and females are more likely to escape from the home which puts them at the higher risk for becoming lost, hurt or even killed. For more information and many more reasons as to the importance of spay and neutering, visit the links below:

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/spayneuter/spay-neuter-top-ten.aspx

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/facts/why_spay_neuter.html

Even though Dental Month is almost over, the importance of dental hygiene goes on all year! With that said, we are giving our clients a 10% discount whenever you schedule your dental work within 6 weeks of the recommended date. Remember, it is VERY important to make sure your cat’s mouth is in good health because if not, it can cause serious, and even fatal, health problems. Below is a before and after picture of a cat receiving a dental procedure, also known as COHAT. (Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment.) In addition to the obvious difference in color between the above “yellowed” teeth and the clean, white teeth, you also notice that this cat had a few teeth extracted (removed). This is another way that illustrates the importance of dental x-rays and how they can reveal pathology under the gum line that otherwise would have gone unnoticed and untreated.

Even though Dental Month is almost over, the importance of dental hygiene goes on all year! With that said, we are giving our clients a 10% discount whenever you schedule your dental work within 6 weeks of the recommended date. 

Remember, it is VERY important to make sure your cat’s mouth is in good health because if not, it can cause serious, and even fatal, health problems. 

Below is a before and after picture of a cat receiving a dental procedure, also known as COHAT. (Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment.) In addition to the obvious difference in color between the above “yellowed” teeth and the clean, white teeth, you also notice that this cat had a few teeth extracted (removed). This is another way that illustrates the importance of dental x-rays and how they can reveal pathology under the gum line that otherwise would have gone unnoticed and untreated.

Outdoor cats, such as free roaming and feral cats, lead busy and complex lives. They have large territories and have so many environments to explore and live in. Their life is the whole world; multiple habitats such as forests, farmland, urban gardens, etc. They explore and discover, hunt and scavenge for food, and are able to interact with all sorts of other animals. Whereas house cats, especially those exclusively indoors, are more limited to where they can go and what they can do. They don’t have as much to do as an outdoor cat, thus boredom can set in.If you think your cat may be bored, or maybe even not, there are a number of good reasons and ways to provide enrichment opportunities for your feline friend. Follow this link to reasons as to why it is important to provide enrichment and ways to do so: http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/cat-articles/enriching-your-cats-life

Outdoor cats, such as free roaming and feral cats, lead busy and complex lives. They have large territories and have so many environments to explore and live in. Their life is the whole world; multiple habitats such as forests, farmland, urban gardens, etc. They explore and discover, hunt and scavenge for food, and are able to interact with all sorts of other animals. Whereas house cats, especially those exclusively indoors, are more limited to where they can go and what they can do. They don’t have as much to do as an outdoor cat, thus boredom can set in.

If you think your cat may be bored, or maybe even not, there are a number of good reasons and ways to provide enrichment opportunities for your feline friend. 

Follow this link to reasons as to why it is important to provide enrichment and ways to do so: 

http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/cat-articles/enriching-your-cats-life

Free roaming cats:
Cats love to roam the outdoors, and some cats prefer to live outdoors. They are commonly seen wandering around neighborhoods and sometimes it’s hard to know if a cat has an owner (free roaming) or if it is a stray or feral. Sometimes we aren’t sure if we should capture these cats and take it into the vet or humane society, but there are ways to tell a difference between the three classifications and help you decide whether you should attempt to catch it or leave it alone. A free roaming cat is usually friendly and appears well fed and well groomed as well as wearing a collar and identification tags. If this cat is friendly and appears to be healthy, the best thing to do is leave it alone. Don’t befriend them or feed them unless you want them coming around more often.
Stray Cats:
Stray cats are cats that were once pets, but have been abandoned or lost. Some may appear friendly and may even approach you for attention and food. Some might be feral at first, but once you befriend them, you’ll find that they enjoy human touch and companionship. If you find a stray cat, the best thing to do is catch it and attempt to find his/her original family; especially if the cat appears to be weak and not in good shape or health. If no one claims the cat and you’d rather not keep it, you can try re-homing it yourself or give it to a rescue or shelter.
Feral cats: 
When people abandon their domesticated cats, these cats can learn to live on their own and become feral. They produce feral kittens if not spayed or neutered and these kittens usually live their entire lives without human contact; thus making them extremely shy and cautious around humans. Feral cats often live in a group, also called a colony, but may roam alone, especially if the food is scarce. Feral cats are much harder to get close to, due to how cautious they are, and may even be very unfriendly. The best thing to do is set up a humane trap to catch them in before taking them to the vet or shelter.

Here is a link providing more information, as well as tips and suggestions, about these three classes of cats and what to do if you find one:

http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/cat-articles/stray-and-feral-cats 

Free roaming cats:

Cats love to roam the outdoors, and some cats prefer to live outdoors. They are commonly seen wandering around neighborhoods and sometimes it’s hard to know if a cat has an owner (free roaming) or if it is a stray or feral. Sometimes we aren’t sure if we should capture these cats and take it into the vet or humane society, but there are ways to tell a difference between the three classifications and help you decide whether you should attempt to catch it or leave it alone. A free roaming cat is usually friendly and appears well fed and well groomed as well as wearing a collar and identification tags. If this cat is friendly and appears to be healthy, the best thing to do is leave it alone. Don’t befriend them or feed them unless you want them coming around more often.

Stray Cats:

Stray cats are cats that were once pets, but have been abandoned or lost. Some may appear friendly and may even approach you for attention and food. Some might be feral at first, but once you befriend them, you’ll find that they enjoy human touch and companionship. If you find a stray cat, the best thing to do is catch it and attempt to find his/her original family; especially if the cat appears to be weak and not in good shape or health. If no one claims the cat and you’d rather not keep it, you can try re-homing it yourself or give it to a rescue or shelter.

Feral cats:

When people abandon their domesticated cats, these cats can learn to live on their own and become feral. They produce feral kittens if not spayed or neutered and these kittens usually live their entire lives without human contact; thus making them extremely shy and cautious around humans. Feral cats often live in a group, also called a colony, but may roam alone, especially if the food is scarce. Feral cats are much harder to get close to, due to how cautious they are, and may even be very unfriendly. The best thing to do is set up a humane trap to catch them in before taking them to the vet or shelter.

Here is a link providing more information, as well as tips and suggestions, about these three classes of cats and what to do if you find one:

http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/cat-articles/stray-and-feral-cats 

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Who wants to be Howie’s Valentine? ;)

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Who wants to be Howie’s Valentine? ;)

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