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Respect Your Cat Day

Did you know that there’s a very important kitty holiday coming up? March 28th is Respect Your Cat Day! While cats aren’t difficult to care for, it’s easy for us to overlook some of their needs, and unintentionally disrespect them. Here, a Fort Collins, CO vet offers tips on how to respect your feline overlord.

Toys

Make sure that Fluffy has suitable entertainment options. Kitties can get bored, restless, and unhappy with nothing to do! Offer your cute pet lots of toys to push beneath the couch, and take time to play with her daily.

Litterbox

Make sure to keep Fluffy’s litterbox clean. We recommend scooping it out daily, and replacing the litter about once a week. No one likes a dirty bathroom!

Veterinary Care

We know, coming to see us is definitely not one of your pet’s favorite pastimes. Fluffy would probably rather be napping. However, your furball will look and feel much better with proper care. Keep up with your feline pal’s regular appointments. At home, watch for signs of sickness. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Grooming

Cats take their beauty routines very seriously, but that doesn’t mean your kitty can’t use a helping hand now and then. Senior cats and longhaired kitties in particular need some help with grooming. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Stimulation

While toys are very beneficial for our feline friends, they shouldn’t be your furball’s only source of entertainment. Make sure your pet has a good window view, so she can watch birds and squirrels. You may also want to leave a TV or radio on for Fluffy if you are leaving her alone. The sound of voices and music will provide mental stimulation, and keep her from being lonely.

Kitty Comforts

Your four-legged pal will really appreciate having a few things that were specifically made to suit her needs. Offer your cute pet some kitty furniture that encourages her to jump and climb. Cat towers are great for this!

Purrs

Cats may pretend to be independent, but at the end of the day, they are quite cuddly and affectionate, and are happiest when they feel loved. Spend time with your kitty every day, and pay attention to her.

Please reach out to us for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. As your Fort Collins, CO animal hospital, we are here to help!

Caring for Multiple Cats

Do you have more than one kitty? Are you considering adding a second—or even third—furball to your household? While many kitties are best buds with their feline roommates, unfortunately, not all of our furry friends get along that well. Some cats just don’t like to share their people! However, there are some things you can to do to help your cute pets get along. Here, a local Fort Collins, CO vet offers tips on caring for multiple cats.

Introductions

First impressions are very, very important to our feline pals. It could take months to undo the damage caused by a bad first meeting! When introducing your cats, take your time, and let them get used to one another’s scents before you allow them to interact freely. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Veterinary Care

Keep your furry buddies on the same schedule for exams and vaccinations. You also want to administer parasite control products at the same time. Otherwise, fleas may jump off one kitty and onto the other!

Litterboxes

Cats like to have privacy when they are doing their business, and they don’t care for sharing bathrooms. As a general rule of thumb, you’ll want one box per kitty, plus at least one extra.

Toys

Make sure your feline buddies have plenty of toys to play with, and take time to play with them every day. Playing with both of your cats at the same time can help them form positive associations about each other, and will also help them burn off excess energy. Cats all have their own purrsonal opinions about toys, so get a variety of different ones.

Furniture

When choosing furniture, get pieces that will fit all of your feline friends at once. Otherwise, your cats may fight over whose turn it is to use the cat tower or kitty tent! You also want to make sure there are enough beds to go around.

Jealousy

Kitties can be very, very jealous of one another. Make sure to pay all of your furballs equal attention. This can be difficult if the newcomer is a kitten, because, as we all know, baby cats are almost impossibly cute, and they’re also always demanding attention. Don’t let your resident cat feel left out!

Do you have questions or concerns about cat care? We can help! Call us, your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, anytime!

The Rules of Hugging Cats

Does your cat like to snuggle? Some of our feline buddies are very affectionate little furballs! Fluffy is a great cuddler. There’s no better way to wind down after a long day than to settle in with a good book or movie, and a purring cat. However, there are some definite do’s and don’ts when it comes to hugging cats. Read on as a local Fort Collins, CO vet discusses hugging cats.

The Rules of Hugging Cats

First and foremost, never force attention on a cat. It’s always up to Fluffy to decide when it’s time to snuggle. Some of our feline pals are very affectionate, and will start purring as soon as someone pets them or picks them up. If your kitty falls into this category, you’ll want to offer hugs and cuddles on a daily basis. It’s also important to note that your cat can end the hug at any time. It isn’t unusual for cats to be purring and content in their owners’ arms one moment, and running away the next.

Alternatives For Aloof Kitties

While some of our feline friends are extremely affectionate, other cats are more aloof, and prefer that we just gaze at them adoringly from a distance. If your furry pal doesn’t like to be held, there are some other ways to pamper her. Get Fluffy some new toys, or perhaps a new kitty bed. Cat furniture, catnip, and treats are also good ways to activate the purr. Of course, for some cats, an empty box can be the best gift ever!

The Magic of Hugging Cats

Cats have many cute qualities, but one of the most adorable ones is the fact that these little furballs actually vibrate with happiness. Actually, Fluffy’s purr is very special. As it turns out, kitties purr at a frequency that has been shown to promote healing. Cat purrs also help us emotionally, by calming us in troubled times. This is one reason our feline friends can be so good for children: those soothing purrs can really be a wonderful source of comfort to a young child that is having a bad day. Last but not least, a purring kitty can make a wonderful sleep aid.

Please contact us, your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to provide your cat with excellent veterinary care.

DIY Cat Furniture

Does your cat have any furniture of her own? If so, that’s wonderful! Cats obviously aren’t shy about getting comfortable on our beds and couches, but it’s still good for them to have some furniture of their own. You can buy things for your pet online or in stores, but you can also make Fluffy’s furniture. Here, a Fort Collins, CO vet lists some things you can make for your feline buddy.

Beds

Did you know that cats can nap up to 20 hours a day? Although we’re not entirely convinced that Fluffy actually needs that much rest, we can’t deny that sleeping kitties are adorable. You can make your drowsy pet some comfy beds by adding pillows or soft blankets to a large wicker basket, wooden crate, hat box, or a hard-shell suitcase. Or, upcycle an old end table by taking the doors off, repainting it, and adding soft bedding.

Cat Towers

Cat towers are actually very beneficial for our feline buddies. Fluffy will gain a napping spot, jungle gym, and a manicure station, all in one. She’ll also have a high vantage point, from which she can stare down at you with that adorable smug look kitties do. Take an old stepladder, and add planks to the shelves to widen them out. Then, wrap the whole thing in sisal rope or carpet scraps. You can also do this with a bookshelf.

Window Seat

Birdwatching is one of Fluffy’s favorite pastimes. Add a wide shelf to your windowsill. You can use paint or stencils to make it look nice. For extra purrs, use Velcro to attach a cat bed. Another way to please your feline overlord is to put a bird feeder in her line of sight, so she always has live entertainment.

Kitty Hideouts

You can make Fluffy a cute little pet tent out of an old tee shirt and a wire hangar. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can make your kitty a tipi or yurt. Look online for step-by-step instructions.

Scratching Board

Take a square piece of wood (an old cutting board may work) and attach a carpet scrap to it. Then, fasten it to the wall at kitty height. Voila!

Please reach out to us, your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to keep your kitty happy, healthy, and purring.

Cold Weather Care for Cats

Like it or not, cold weather will be here soon. Winter can be a very dangerous time of year, both for people and pets. Below, a Fort Collins, CO vet discusses cold weather care for kitties.

Sleep

Given the choice, most cats would probably be purrfectly content to sleep through winter. Offer your drowsy furball lots of comfy napping spots. However, while Fluffy’s fondness for naps is certainly adorable, it also makes it easy for her to get out of shape. Provide your kitty with lots of fun toys, and play with her every day.

Outdoor Dangers

Cats that go outdoors face many dangers, especially in winter. Deep snow, ice, frostbite, predators, and freezing temperatures are all dangerous to kitties. Chemicals, such as deicers and antifreeze, are also a serious concern. We strongly recommend keeping your furry buddy inside in cold weather. If you do let Fluffy out, bring her in at night, on cold days, and whenever bad weather is approaching. It’s also important to offer your furball a suitable emergency shelter.

Food

Kittens, senior cats, nursing mamas, and kitties that go outdoors may need a bit more food than usual when it’s cold out. Pets that suffer from arthritis or other bone/joint problems may benefit from certain vitamins or supplements. Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice.

Veterinary Care

Cats with bone/joint issues often get very stiff and sore in winter, and may benefit from pain management treatments. It’s also important to keep up with your furball’s regular veterinary appointments. Ask your vet for more information.

Grooming

Dead fur, dander, and dust all detract from the insulating properties of Fluffy’s fur. Although most of our feline friends are pretty good about keeping themselves clean, some of them –particularly senior cats, fluffy furballs, and kitties with thick coats—need a little help. Brush your cute pet regularly.

Litterbox

Don’t make your kitty use a cold bathroom! Make sure that Fluffy’s personal powder room is in a spot that is easy for her to access and isn’t too chilly.

Cuddles and Purrs

Purring cats make great snuggle buddies! On those cold winter nights, settle in with a good book or movie and your favorite beverage, and let Fluffy curl up on your lap.

Do you have questions or concerns about your cat’s health? We’re here to help! Contact us, your Fort Collins, CO pet hospital, today!

Common Cat Care Mistakes

Cats are one of the most popular pets in the world, and it isn’t hard to see why. Our feline friends are not only absolutely adorable, they’re clean, cuddly, and lots of fun. Fluffy is quite easy to care for, but even the most independent furball needs proper care to thrive. A Fort Collins, CO vet lists some common cat care mistakes in this article.

Lack of Veterinary Care

Cats should see the vet at least once a year, though some kitties may need to come in more often. In addition to vaccines, exams, and parasite control, Fluffy should be microchipped and spayed or neutered. At home, watch for signs of illness, such as hiding, poor grooming, or unusual behavior. Since cats often don’t show any symptoms until they’re very sick, it’s important for you to contact your vet as soon as you notice something is amiss.

Overfeeding

While dogs may get the gold medal for begging, cats aren’t very far behind. If your kitty is getting, well, a bit chubby, but always wants more food, that plaintive meow could be a lie. Let your vet, not your furball’s theatrical begging, determine what Fluffy eats.

Lack of Stimulation

Even though your furball may spend a ridiculous amount of time sleeping, she’ll still need something to do when she’s awake. Offer Fluffy lots of fun toys, and take time to play with her daily. We also recommend giving your kitty a comfy window seat with a good view, so she can spy on birds and squirrels and daydream about hunting.

Letting Fluffy Roam

Although Fluffy may love fun outdoor activities like digging up your flowerbeds, putting paw prints on your car, and leaving ‘gifts’ on your doorstep, she’s really much safer living indoors. Outdoor kitties are exposed to many dangers, including cars, weather, and predators. They’re also more likely to pick up parasites, and are at much greater risk of getting hurt, lost, or killed.

Punishment

Never punish your kitty for doing something wrong. Cats act mostly according to instinct, so punishing Fluffy may backfire by making her feel anxious, angry, or frightened. Positive reinforcement is a much better course to take when dealing with feline behavioral issues. If your kitty is misbehaving, ask your vet for specific advice.

Is your cat due for an exam or vaccinations? Contact us, your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, anytime.

5 Things to Consider When Adopting a Cat

Are you considering adopting a new kitty? We love seeing cats go to wonderful homes. Choosing a cat can be tough, however: they’re all adorable! If a certain furball has already captured your heart, you may already have your mind made up. Otherwise, there are several things to consider before adopting. Below, a local Fort Collins, CO vet lists some things to think about before adopting a cat.

Age

Kittens, adult kitties, and senior furballs all have their own charms. Kittens are, of course, irresistibly cute. Adopting a kitten also allows you to raise your furbaby from an early age. Baby cats do require more care, however, and can definitely be quite a handful. Adult kitties are also wonderful, and can make great, loving pets. Senior kitties are great as well, and are often very sweet and calm.

Breed

While every kitty has their own purrsonality, certain breeds do have specific characteristics. Some, like the Siamese, are quite talkative. Other kitties, like Ragdolls, may be known for being mellow cuddlebugs. Of course, if you decide you want a specific breed, don’t assume you won’t find your kitty in a shelter: humane societies often have cats of every kind.

Other Pets

Do you have other furbabies? If so, look for a kitty that has lived with other pets before. This will increase the odds of your pets getting along.

Cost

Just like any other pet, kitties need good food, comfortable living conditions, and regular veterinary care to thrive. Fluffy will also need litter and toys. Before committing, make sure you can afford to give your furball proper care.

Time

While our feline friends can do very well as only pets, they can get lonely if they’re left alone frequently. If you’re out a lot, you may want to consider getting two kitties. Your furballs can play together, and keep each other company while you’re away. Look for a bonded pair, two kittens, or two calm, sociable adults.

Commitment

Adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment. Kitties are very emotional, and can be traumatized by a change of ownership. If you’re thinking of bringing a new furry friend into your home, make sure you can commit to Fluffy for the rest of her life.

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Please contact us, your Fort Collins, CO animal hospital, anytime!

New Year’s Resolutions for Kitties

Do you plan to make any resolutions this year? This is a great time to set some personal goals, and clarify your priorities for 2016. Of course, our feline friends have some goals of their own. Kittens, in particular, have a lot of growing to do, both physically and mentally. In this article, a Fort Collins, CO vet makes an educated guess on what little Fluffy’s resolutions would look like.

Perfect My Powers Of Cute

Cats are adorable, and we’re pretty sure they know it. One look into that furry little face is often all it takes for humans to be completely enchanted by their baby felines.

Gain Complete Control Over My Humans

As the saying says, ‘Dogs have owners, but cats have staff.’ Our feline friends use tactics like meows, purrs, leg rubs, and cuddles to ensure that they have us wrapped around those little paws!

Grow Up Strong And Healthy

A proper diet, regular veterinary care, a clean litterbox, and lots of love will help your tiny furbaby grow into a happy, healthy adult kitty.

Don’t Scratch Or Bite The Vet

Going to see the vet may never make the list of Fluffy’s favorite things to do, but it’s for her own good! We use caring techniques to keep our feline patients calm during veterinary appointments, but we appreciate the thought!

Scratch My Tower, Not The Furniture

Kitties need to scratch, but they don’t necessarily need to scratch the sofa. Teach your furball to use a scratching post or tower now, while she’s little.

Never Let My Human Go To The Bathroom Alone

Many of our feline friends follow their owners into the lavatory. Is this one of Fluffy’s Golden Rules?

Stop Pouncing On My Human’s Toes And Fingers

Cats are predators at heart, so it’s only natural for little Fluffy to want to perfect her hunting techniques. Unfortunately, she’ll probably want to practice on you. When your kitten attacks you playfully, tell your frisky furball to play nice, and then ignore her until she does.

Get Lots of Sleep

We’re pretty sure little Fluffy won’t have too much trouble achieving this goal!

Happy New Year! All of us here at Fort Collins, CO vet clinic are looking forward to serving your kitty’s veterinary care needs in 2016 and beyond. We love watching kittens grow from adorable baby felines into healthy adult cats.

Signs That Your Cat Needs Immediate Veterinary Care

Do you have a kitty? Your furball may be very clear about her wishes when she wants food or attention, but she may not be as forthcoming about letting you know when she’s sick. In fact, cats learned long ago to mask any signs of illness, as showing weakness could attract dangerous predators. Therefore, it’s very important for you to be able to recognize any possible signs of illness in your furball. Otherwise, you may not realize that Fluffy isn’t feeling well until she’s very sick! In this article, a local Fort Collins, CO lists some signs of sickness in kitties.

Hiding

While it’s purrfectly normal for Fluffy to want to curl up in a quiet spot at naptime, she should emerge, yawning and stretching and perhaps a bit hungry, after a few hours. If your kitty doesn’t want to leave her hiding place, she could be ill.

Poor Grooming

Healthy kitties always want to look their best. Your feline friend may spend hours each day grooming that pretty fur. Sick kitties, however, often don’t feel up to going through their beauty rituals. Greasy, matted, or unkempt fur can be signs of illness in cats.

Change In Appetite

A change in appetite can also be a red flag. If Fluffy isn’t interested in her dinner, or suddenly starts scarfing down her entire meal, she could be ill.

Excessive Thirst

Excessive thirst can also be a sign of trouble in kitties. To monitor Fluffy’s water intake, fill her bowl with fresh water at the same time every day.

Litter Box Trouble

Litter box issues can be another red flag. If you notice a change in your cat’s waste, or if Fluffy stops using the litter box, there could be an issue. Straining to urinate can also be an indication of a serious medical problem.

Change In Behavior/Vocalization

Just like people, kitties often just don’t act like themselves when they feel sick. If your kitty is usually reserved, but suddenly starts demanding attention, she could be sick. On the other hand, an affectionate kitty that suddenly becomes antisocial could also be ill.

Weight gain or loss, sudden aggression, lethargy, and fever can also indicate illness in kitties. If you see any of these symptoms in your kitty, or if Fluffy just doesn’t seem like herself, contact us, your Fort Collins, CO veterinary clinic, immediately.

Caring for a Senior Cat

Is your kitty starting to slow down? Cats normally age gracefully, but as Fluffy enters her golden years, you may want to make some minor adjustments to your cat care regimen. In this article, a Fort Collins, CO vet discusses caring for a senior cat.

Mobility

Just like people, kitties often develop aches and pains in their senior years. Your cat will probably still make herself comfortable on your bed or sofa at naptime, but make sure she has at least one good bed of her own. Put it on the floor so she doesn’t have to jump to get into it. If you find her kitty bed becoming her favorite spot, pick up one or two more, and put them in different rooms. Fluffy may also find it difficult to get in and out of her litter box, so look for one that has lower walls.

Handling

Be very gentle when picking up a senior cat. When you put her down, be sure to place all of her paws onto the floor. Don’t let her drop!

Confusion

Kitties often experience a decline in their cognitive functions as they age. Fluffy may forget where the litter box is, or lose her way between the bedroom and kitchen. Interactive play can be very beneficial, as it will keep your furball’s mind engaged.

General Health

Keep an eye on Fluffy’s behavior, and take note of anything out of the ordinary. Hiding; poor grooming; change in appetite, thirst, or vocalizations; and litter box mishaps are a few signs of illness in cats. If you notice any unusual behavior, contact your vet right away.

Diet

Your vet will be able to advise you when it’s time to move your furball onto a senior formula of cat food. Certain supplements may be beneficial to her as she ages. Fish oil, for instance, can help lubricate stiff joints. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Love

Most of all, just do what you can to keep your furry pal comfortable. Make sure that your feline friend feels safe, loved, and secure, and keep up with her veterinary care needs.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us, your Fort Collins, CO vet clinic, if we can ever be of assistance. We know your pets are part of the family, and we always do everything in our power to keep our furry clients in excellent health.