Think Twice About Table Scraps
The holidays are right around the corner and while sneaking your pet table scraps or letting them clean the dishes may seem harmless, many holiday foods can actually be harmful to pets. Keep your pet safe and be sure to keep them away from these foods:
Decking the Halls
Festive decorations can add to the holiday spirit but be careful where they are placed as they can be risky temptations for your pet.
Hostess With the Mostest
If you think your pet has ingested something poisonous and/or is showing symptoms of illness, contact your veterinarian or one of these helplines:
Thanks to advancements in veterinary care, cats are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. Regular veterinary wellness exams for your senior cat become essential to their health as they age. Wellness exams at Cat Hospital of Portland every 6 months can help detect and treat issues early.
The most common symptoms to look for in your senior cat are thirst, urination, and changes in appetite or energy. Other symptoms may include:
For the month of September, Cat Hospital of Portland is offering 25% off your senior* cat’s wellness exam! Book your pet’s appointment today.
*Cats 8 years or older. Promotion available for new clients only. Promotional discount expires September 30, 2018. Clients must book an appointment during the month of September to qualify. Discount only applies to Senior Pet Wellness Exam. Cannot be used on other services. Coupon only valid at Cat Hospital of Portland. Cannot be combined with other offers and is not redeemable for cash. Must present coupon at time of appointment.
At Cat Hospital of Portland, we believe wellness check-ups are imperative to the health and happiness of your cat. The AVMA president, Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, said, “the human-animal bond is stronger than ever, but we are very concerned that pets may not be getting the preventive health care they need”. In 2011, 45% of cat owners didn’t take their feline friend for their annual wellness exam.
One of the top reasons why pet owners don’t take their cat to the vet is because they claim it wasn’t injured or sick. Just because a cat does not appear to have any issues, doesn’t mean they are in good health. Cats instinctively hide their illnesses and injuries. There are many benefits when it comes to taking your cat in for their annual wellness exam. Here are a few that are extra crucial:
• The potential for catching a disease in the early stages.
• Maintaining your cat’s dental health.
• Ensuring your cat is parasite-free.
• Preventative care is better than reactive care.
Trips to the vet can cause anxiety for your cat, but regular visits will make going to the vet less stressful for everyone involved. Here are some tips to get your cat ready for their wellness visit:
Make sure your cat is in purrrfect health. Receive 20% off your cat’s annual exam during the month of August! Book an appointment with Cat Hospital of Portland today!
*Promotional discount expires August 31, 2018. Clients must book an appointment during the month of August to qualify. Discount valid only on exam. Cannot be used on other services. Coupon only valid at Cat Hospital of Portland. Cannot be combined with other offers and is not redeemable for cash. Must present coupon at time of appointment.
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August 15th is Check the Chip Day. Is your cat Microchipped? Is their microchip up to date? Microchipping is a permanent form of identification that could help reunite you and your cat if they were to ever get lost. Less than 2% of lost cats that enter an animal shelter are reunited with their families. But, when those lost cats have a microchip, the rate increases to 38%! Check out more stats about microchipped pets.
Every pet deserves to be found – Book an appointment at Cat Hospital of Portland and receive 20% off microchipping during the month of August! *
*Promotional discount expires August 31, 2018. Clients must book an appointment during the month of August to qualify. Discount does not include Microchipping equipment, just procedure. Cannot be used on other services. Coupon only valid at [Hospital Name, Location]. Cannot be combined with other offers and is not redeemable for cash. Must present coupon at time of appointment.
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There are many types of diets for cats. Dietary needs can differ from cat to cat, depending on whether your cat is highly active or more sedentary, or if your cat is young, middle-aged, or a senior. Generally, cats are carnivores and require high protein, high moisture, low carbohydrate diets. Here are some surprising facts about cat diets:
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Holiday Fireworks –
With the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, it is time to discuss fireworks. Fireworks are very scary for our feline friends. All cats should be kept inside with doors and windows shut to help reduce the sound of the fireworks. Over the counter products such as Feliway can be very beneficial to reduce stress. Feliway is a natural feline pheromone to help make cats feel more comfortable in their home environment. This can be used as a diffuser that is plugged in continuously for 30 days. It can be used starting one week before a known stressful event and continued until the diffuser runs out. A safe and secure cozy environment could be created for your cat by making an enclosed space such as a covered bed that they can hide in. Feliway spray can be used on the bed 1 hour before the event so it is dry. Some cats will benefit from anti-anxiety medication if their reaction is severe enough. Please make an appointment to discuss with us today.
Indoor vs. Outdoor Cats –
There are many different opinions regarding indoor vs. outdoor cats. Cats who go outside are more at risk for getting hit by a car, attacked by other animals, and contracting infectious disease. There are ways to make your indoor environment more manageable for the feline who is persistent to go outside. Environmental modification and enrichment can help maintain your cat’s overall happiness. Some ways are to increase vertical space within the home so that your cat can get up high, exercise, and feel safe. This can be accomplished through the use of multiple tall cat towers, wall perches, and wall ramps/tunnels that the cat can climb up. A catio, which is an enclosed outdoor space for cats, is an elegant idea to allow cats access to the outdoors without compromising their safety. There are also fenced in yards with barriers over the top that can keep cats from escaping outside of the yard. Cats can also be trained to walk on a harness.
Cat Feng Shui RULE #1 –
Litterbox Number. In multi-cat households, one of the best ways to create a peaceful environment is to provide an appropriate litter box set-up. Various factors should be considered, the most important being the number of boxes. As a rule of paw, 1 litterbox per cat + 1 (example: 2 cats = 3 litterboxes). And from a cat’s perspective, multiple litterboxes right next to each other are considered ONE box. Thus, it is also important to have the right number of boxes in various locations.
Cat Feng Shui RULE #2 –
Vertical Space. Cats are predators by nature. Thus, cats feel the safest when they can survey their surroundings. This is often best done from a lofty place. Examples include tall six food cat trees, window perches/ledges, shelves designed specifically for cats, top of kitchen cabinets, etc. There should be designated vertical spaces for each cat in the household to prevent stress or competition for the desired vertical spot.
Cat Feng Shui RULE #3 –
Scratching. Scratching is a natural behavior for all cats and gives them pleasure. Discouraging scratching with punishment can lead to unwanted behavior such as inappropriate litterbox use or aggression. Cats are not trained well with discipline. It is most effective when undesirable behavior is redirected toward an appropriate object like a scratching post. All cats have a preference for THEIR most desirable scratching surface. Most prefer tall, sturdy vertical surfaces. When I say tall, I mean as tall as your cat can stretch from front paw to back paw. The most common scratching surfaces are carpet, sisal rope or corrugated cardboard. You will have to try them all on for size to determine which your cat prefers. Unfortunately, if you do not provide the right one (size and substrate), they will find their own (often a beautiful couch).