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June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!

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June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!

Adopting a cat/kitten is a huge decision.  There are many things that should be considered before determining the time is right to add a feline family member to your home.  Cats have different personalities just like people do, so it is important to understand what you want from your feline companion.  Our friends at the American Association of Feline Practitioners have tips and considerations as you contemplate this life-changing event in the article below.  

Important Considerations

  • Time — do you have the time to care for, play with, and meet your cat's basic needs?
  • Multi-cat Households — do you already have cats in your household? What are their temperaments? Will they get along? Have you scheduled a veterinary visit to test for disease to limit exposure?
  • Adult or Kitten — Do you have other household pets that need to be considered?
  • One or Two — should you adopt a single cat or a pair? For example, siblings are already a bonded pair, and will usually remain so for years.  They also are great playmates, since they have the same energy level.
  • Resources — are you able to cover the costs associated with cat adoption like food, litter, bedding, annual veterinary visits, spaying or neutering, toys/scratching posts, parasite control, and microchipping?

Setting Up for Adoption Success

Congratulations on considering adopting a new cat or kitten!  The introduction of a new cat is exciting but it can also be stressful.  Here are important suggestions to get you off to a good start whether you have a multi- or single-cat household…

Want to keep reading this article?  Click here:  http://www.catvets.com/cat-owners/caring-for-cats/adopting-a-cat

Cats Need Regular Vet Care…Let Our Cat Friendly Practice Help!

Cats are the clear pet of choice, with many more owned cats than dogs (86 million cats versus 78 million dogs in the US).  Yet when it comes to a cat's health, we don't always treat them the same as dogs.  Cats may be the more popular companion in our homes, but dogs tend to receive more consistent and regular veterinary health care.  Surprisingly, cat wellness and veterinary care just don't seem to be as high of a priority among cat owners. 

Consider the following statistics:

  • Almost twice as many cats than dogs never visit the veterinarian.
  • Of the cats that do visit the veterinarian, they average 26% fewer visits than dogs.
  • 58% of cat owners report that their cat hates going to the veterinarian.
  • 38% of cat owners report that they get stressed just thinking about bringing their cat to the veterinarian.
  • 56% of cat owners would have brought their cat to the vet more often had they known it could have prevented health problems.

We want to help reduce these percentages!  We want to help make getting your cat to the vet a less stressful experience for both you and your cat so that your cat can get the care he needs (and deserves).

Navigating the Veterinary Visit

Stress is one of the top reasons for lack of or skipped visits for cats.  The stress of transporting the cat along with the cat's reluctance to enter the carrier or a new and unfamiliar environment causes anxiety for both owner and pet alike.  Once in the office, there are other potential stressors including dogs or other cats in the waiting area, staff who do not know how to handle cats, and a canine-focused environment.  Choosing a Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) can be the antidote to stressful veterinary visits for cats.

CFPs Elevate Standard of Care

CFPs are sensitive to cats' distinct characteristics and are equipped to address their physical and behavioral needs, thereby increasing cat owner knowledge, veterinary visits, and ultimately improving the health care of cats by educating owners on the importance of routine wellness visits and preventive care.

Trooper Veterinary Hospital is a certified Cat Friendly Practice which means we practice veterinary care with the cat in mind at all times.  We know that cats have distinct needs, both physically and behaviorally and we have made adjustments to our delivery of feline care.  Our practice has a designated "Cat Advocate" on staff; this knowledgeable professional leader ensures feline-focused standards are being met and followed.

What to Expect from a CFP

As a CFP, we consider the unique challenges cats face in the waiting and exam rooms.  We also consider the special handling that cats require and we always keep the comfort and concern for cats and their owners at top of mind.  At our CFP hospital, you will experience cat-friendly features such as:

  • Skilled Staff – Our staff is well-versed in feline-friendly handling techniques and can expertly treat frightened cats.  Our staff is also well-trained in alternate techniques to calm an anxious cat and ensure that exams do not escalate anxiety.

  • Individualized health care plan – As with humans, health issues change as aging occurs.  Our practice creates a health care plan that is specific to your cat.  Getting yearly check-ups (and often more than once a year for older cats or cats which special medical needs) can help a condition or disease so it can be treated early on.

  • Low-stress environment – One obvious advantage of our certified CFP is that we have created a lower stress environment by employing a cat waiting area, a "Cats Only" Entrance, and feline-sensitive examination rooms that employ Feliway™, which is a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure.                

We are here to help you get the routine and preventive care that your cat needs.  Let us make life easier for both you and your cat.  Contact us today for tips on getting your cat here with less stress and see how we can build a healthier future for your cat by seeing them on a regular basis!

Our Cat Friendly Practice has a separate Cat Entrance so as to reduce the potential of your cat encountering dogs (and other distractions) in the lobby.

Our Cat Friendly Practice has a separate Cat Entrance so as to reduce the potential of your cat encountering dogs (and other distractions) in the lobby.

Pets and Dehydration

It's hot and your dog or cat can get easily dehydrated!

Symptoms of dehydration include the gums of the mouth feeling tacky to touch and/or the skin may become slow to return to its natural position when pulled up. According to Carpenter, dehydration can lead to lethargy as it progresses, and the pet’s eyes may appear to be sunken. In mild to moderate cases, giving your pet small amounts of water to drink over time will help, but in severe cases they’ll need IV fluids administered at your veterinary hospital. To prevent this, it’s important to have clean, fresh water available for your pet at all times, in a container that can’t be tipped over accidentally.

To read more about this topic and pet summer safety, go to: https://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/pet_health_library/dog_care/general_health/keeping_your_dog_safe_from_summer_heat.aspx

ADOPT-A-CAT MONTH®

ADOPT-A-CAT MONTH®

Brought to you in June by American Humane Association

Each spring during “kitten season,” thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. That means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly newborns, in addition to all the mellow, older cats and everything in between. And the shelter staff are ready to help you adopt your very first cat — or to bring home a friend for another beloved cat!

For more information, go to: http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/programs/special-initiatives/adopt-a-cat-month/

Cold Weather Field Trips for Pets

If your dog is feeling cooped up this winter, try taking him or her on outings with you during the week. Even a short trip to a dog friendly pet store or coffee shop can make their week more eventful. For dogs and cats, consider having a pet sitter drop by to exercise your pooch or play with your cat.

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