Kitty 101: Why do Cats Knead?

Cats knead because it feels goodPart of the fun of cat ownership is observing the many “uniquely feline behaviors” displayed by our sweet kitties. Stalking, pouncing, fastidious grooming, and tail twitches are just some of the many examples of behaviors we observe in cats but not other pets. Kneading (the rhythmic, alternating push and pull of the front paws against a soft surface) is another common, yet puzzling, universal cat behavior.

So, why do cats knead?

A Matter of Comfort

Anyone who’s had the privilege of watching a cat knead can tell this is a pleasurable and comforting activity. Kittens knead their mother’s belly to stimulate the flow of milk, and it’s very likely this positive association has been carried over into their adult lives, regardless of when or how they were weaned. Continue…

Pet Exercise Trends That (Might) Stand the Test of Time

Pet exercise is a fun way to promote pet health

Pet Zumba or Cross Fit might sound outlandish, but exercise trends that meaningfully impact people also have the potential to affect pets. Sure, it might be awhile before we see a feline Fitbit, but with gadgets like Trakz, it’s only a matter of time. Pet exercise trends are definitely a thing, and we’re happy they play a role in helping the animals we know and love achieve optimal weight, wellness, and happiness.

Try It, Don’t Fight It

Yoga is already a huge industry, so it’s hard to imagine that it could benefit from a revamp. However, yoga with animals, such as cats, dogs, birds, goats, horses, and more, has exploded around the country. Animals bring a new sense of exploration, playfulness, and lightness to any class. In turn, pets are rewarded with a deeper connection to people. Continue…

A Spotlight on Our Pet Emergency Services

pet emergency servicesDealing with a pet emergency is one of the most difficult parts of being a pet owner. Seeing your pet injured or in pain, the confusion of wondering what comes next, and managing the financial aspects can be downright upsetting.

Some pet emergencies simply aren’t preventable, but knowing where you can go for pet emergency services, any time of the day or night, can be a big relief for pet owners. Here at Animal Medical Hospital, we are committed to providing high quality emergency care for the Charlotte community, every hour of every day!

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Too Good to be True? Swoon-Worthy Pet Boarding, Camps, and Grooming Services

pet boardingYou know that unshakable feeling that you’ve forgotten something, like turning off the oven or, like the movie Home Alone, conducting a proper head count? Equally disquieting is the sense that your pet is getting into trouble in your absence or isn’t being cared for in the way they’re accustomed to at home.

Pet boarding is a necessity for owners who need to leave town, but it can be so much more than just a simple place to stay. We’re thrilled to offer a comfortable, safe environment for boarders to call home temporarily. With our add-on services and dedicated staff members, your pet’s every need is met so you can relax!

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