Improve Your Cat’s Carrier, Increase Vet Visits

cat in carrier.

No cat owner wants to force their kitty into their travel crate, but sometimes it’s the only option. What’s amazing is that if you create a safe haven for them inside their carrier, and give them time to adjust to it, they will eventually prefer their special place of refuge. As an added bonus, you’ll be able to bring them in to see us more regularly, improving their overall health and wellness. Win-win!

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What Is Catnip and Should I Give It To My Cat?

Cat on catnpi.

Catnip has a comedic reputation of giving cats a certain kind of high, but what is it, really? Is catnip a drug for cats? Can cats overdose on catnip? The team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to help you learn the truth about catnip and what it does to your feline friends.

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Why Would Anyone Spay or Neuter Indoor Cats?

Indoor kitten.

You may have plans to keep your cat inside for their whole life, but cats can have other plans. It may seem unnecessary to spay or neuter indoor cats, considering that they may be at lower risk of having kittens, which is the whole point of the surgery anyway, right? Your team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to help show how spay and neuter can protect against so much more! 

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Pet Lethargy: Are They Sick or Just Tired?

Tired dog.

For every pet behavior, there could be many possible reasons that explain why they do certain things. Some behaviors occur suddenly and cause great concern. Others tend to sneak in over time until they become part of the everyday routine. Tiredness or uncharacteristic fatigue is just one example of this. While certain pets, like seniors, tend to sleep more, pet lethargy is never a good sign.

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Catios and Cat Enclosures: What You Should Know

Cat enclosure.

Catios are a newer development on the cat-owner front. If you’ve never heard of catios before, be ready to have your mind blown. 

According to Catiospaces.com, “A Catio is a cat enclosure or ‘cat patio’ that provides feline safety and enrichment outdoors. Whether you have an indoor or outdoor cat, a catio can be the purrfect solution while you enjoy peace of mind knowing your cat is always safe.”

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What’s Better, Scheduled Meals or Free Feeding?

Dog and cat eating.

The votes are in. Dogs are 100% for free feeding. Humans are on the fence. Which is better? There are pros and cons to both options. Still, dogs are all-in on the idea of an open bowl! The team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to help you decide which option is better for your favorite canine:

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Scaredy Cat: Feline Anxiety and Related Issues

Feline anxiety.

We don’t often think of our house cats as tiny, indoor wild cats. The reality is that they are more similar to a panther than they are different, though. 

The downside of keeping these pint-sized wild creatures as pets is that we are asking an animal with very deeply ingrained instincts to mesh into our household. This can result in some behavioral issues, including feline anxiety. 

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Cat Attack: Why Is My Cat Bullying the Puppy?

A cat is getting ready to hit a dog.

Does your dog walk through the house in terror and look around corners to check for the cat? Is your cat a bully that makes your dog’s life a nightmare? If your cat acts like the schoolyard ruffian, you are not alone! Cat aggression is a common behavior, and in fact, Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine says that up to 30% of cats surrendered to shelters are there because of aggression. 

The term “fighting like cats and dogs” might be a cliche, but it exists for a reason. These two species have had problems since the beginning of their cohabitation. Even though there are many jokes surrounding canine and feline housemates, it is important to take action if the cat is bulling your puppy so badly that he is hurt or scared of the other animal.

Your team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to help you get a handle on your cat bully problems so you can enjoy a peaceful home!

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All the Essentials: Foundational Training for Your Kitten

Two grey kittens staring into a litter box.

Kittens are, first and foremost, endlessly cute and have a boundless energy and curiosity every cat owner adores. But when it comes to some of the problems like accidents around the home and scratches all over the furniture, your adorable cherub may resemble a mini-monster. This is why cats, like dogs, need the foundational skills to give them instruction for life. 

If you are the proud owner of a furry, you may wonder how to begin the essential training for your kitten. You’re in luck because the team at Animal Medical Hospital and 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to explain the ABCs of kitten training.

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Feline Aesthetic: Cats Have Whiskers For Reasons Beyond Looks

Cats have many physical attributes that add to their unique appeal, but only one of their features helps them avoid and escape sticky situations – whiskers!

Cats have whiskers to help them navigate their world. Whether it’s hunting, exploring or expressing emotions, whiskers are really the cat’s meow.

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