Huzzah! Behold Our Top 5 Blogs of 2020!

As 2020 comes to a close, we all may be celebrating the year ahead with a little more gusto than usual. But, while this past year has seen its fair share of unprecedented ups and downs, our pets have undoubtedly saved the day (and our sanity) in more ways than one.

This past year, many of us have spent more time with our pets than ever before. And, when looking back at our blog readership for 2020, it shows! Time and time again you, our dear readers, have turned to Animal Medical Hospital & 24-Hour Urgent Care’s blog for answers to your most pressing questions about your pets health, behavior, and quirks – and we are grateful for the trust you have placed in this online pet health resource.

With that in mind, we offer you a look at our top 5 most-read blogs of 2020. Enjoy!

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To Understand Feline Body Language, Look at the Tail

cat laying on a bed

People have certain “tells” that communicate feelings or moods, but we’re not the only ones. Dogs tend to be pretty easy to read, but cats tend to be subtle and succinct in their approach. They say a great deal through feline body language; we simply have to tune into the appearance and position of their tail to discern their emotional or mental states.

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Five Possible Reasons You’re Not Exercising Your Cat

fat cat

The majority of feline illness can be directly linked to their diet and lifestyle. Their wild relatives stalk and eat an average of 9 times a day, with plenty of attempts to stalk and capture prey in between meals. These cats, which are not reliant on a full bowl of kibble, may consume more protein and fat than carbohydrates, and ultimately expend more energy capturing their meals than the average housecat. Not surprisingly, these wildcats are typically leaner than your average kitty. 

Indoor cats don’t have to work for food, and most don’t even have to ask that their bowl be filled. In addition to choosing a high-value diet (and sticking to exact portions and meal times), exercising your cat is the key to their overall health, happiness and longevity. Unfortunately, there could be reasons that stand in the way of exercising your cat.

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What to Know About Adopting a Pet for Christmas

dog licking a little boy

Whether it’s been inspired by a commercial featuring a puppy popping out of a gift-wrapped box, or the insistent pleas of a child begging for a new fur friend this holiday season, it can be hard to resist the notion of adopting a pet for Christmas. But is this the right thing to do?

Holiday pet adoptions are a hot button topic among animal lovers, and for good reason. Surprising someone with a pet they don’t really want means that pet may have to be surrendered to a shelter – something no one wants. Taking the time to gather the facts in advance will ensure that any decision you make regarding pet adoption has a happy ending.

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