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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Understanding Feline Separation Anxiety

When a cat owner returns home to find their cat anxiously awaiting their arrival, an instant ego boost is bound to occur. We might think, “They love me! They really, truly love me!” – but that explanation only goes so far. 

Among other possibilities, the various symptoms of feline separation anxiety could be simmering just below the surface. There are many ways to counter the overwhelming symptoms, hopefully resulting in more confidence and control for both you and your cat.

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When It Comes to Supporting Cat Health, It’s a Balancing Act

Cats are incredibly adept animals full of surprising adaptations. But, just because they can survive on their own (using highly specialized self-preservation skills), it doesn’t mean they should. 

Feral cats and strays don’t live as long as indoor-only cats, due in large part to well-meaning human intervention. Cat owners vigilantly protect their fluffy one’s health and do everything they can to guarantee their longevity. But when it comes to cat health, there are a few basics that can sustain a long, healthy and happy life.

A Weighty Decision

One of the biggest threats to cat health is weight gain. However, keeping your cat slim and slender can be much harder than you think. In fact, many cats beg for treats or extra scoops in their food bowls making it all but impossible not to indulge them. Take it from us: It’s much easier to prevent weight gain, than establish a weight loss routine after the fact.

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When It Comes to Senior Cat Care, Less Is Not More

As cats age it may seem like they require less attention, exercise, and gear, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Of course, kittens and younger cats have greater demands regarding sterilization, microchipping, vaccinations and litter box training. But just because their personal needs change as they grow older, it doesn’t mean that the health of senior cats can be placed on the back burner. 

With bi-annual senior cat care exams we can move quickly to prevent and derail potential illness. and keep your kitty happy and active.

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