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Great Holiday Gifts for Cats

Happy Holidays! As you check items off your holiday shopping list, don’t forget to pick up a few things for your kitty! Read on as a local Fort Collins, CO vet lists some great gifts for cats.

Beds

Our feline pals certainly are drowsy. In fact, Fluffy can sleep up to 20 hours a day! Get your tired pet some comfy beds to snooze in. (Don’t worry if your kitty already has a bed or two. As far as cats are concerned, you can never have too many napping spots.)

Kitty Garden

While we recommend that cats stay indoors, you can give your kitty a taste of the outside by getting her some pet-safe plants. Check the ASPCA site for suggestions.

Robotic Mouse

Robotic mice are another great gift option. These adorable modern toys react to your feline friend’s movements and vocalizations, providing lots of interactive fun.

Automated Laser Pointer

Does your furball love chasing that little red dot? Get Fluffy an automated laser pointer, so she can keep chasing after her elusive prey.

DVDs

Have you ever noticed your furry buddy ‘watching’ television? Get Fluffy some kitty DVDs, and let her binge-watch shows about birds and squirrels.

Wall-Mounted Furniture

If your kitty loves high spots, wall-mounted furniture would be a great gift option for her. Look into getting Fluffy some cat shelves, or even a catwalk.

Scratching Board

Is your pet using your sofa or carpet as a nail-care station? Give your furball a good scratching post or board. (Tip: sprinkle some catnip around it to make it tempting for Fluffy and encourage her to use it.)

Cat Tower

Cat towers are great for Fluffy! They offer her a scratching post and jungle gym, and also give her a good vantage point, so she can look down at her kingdom. If your budget is tight this year, go the DIY route and make your kitty a cat tower. Look online for step-by-step instructions.

Catnip Anything

Catnip mice are a classic holiday kitty gift, and are always a wonderful choice. However, Fluffy can now enjoy her catnip in several different forms. Why not offer your feline pal some catnip bubbles? You can also give Fluffy her own little catnip plant.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Fort Collins, CO pet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re 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!

Tips for Choosing Kitty Furniture

Does your kitty have some furniture of her own? If so, that’s great! Fluffy certainly isn’t shy about getting comfortable on our beds, chairs, sofas, footstools, ottomans, and, well, pretty much anything and everything she can fit on. However, our feline friends really do benefit from having some things that were made just for them. Read on as a Fort Collins, CO vet discusses choosing pet furniture.

Kittens

Kittens are basically tiny, adorable little bundles of mischief. Get your playful furball a fun activity center that incorporates some hanging toys. Pick something that offers little Fluffy lots of nooks and crannies to explore.

Any Cat

If there’s one thing our feline friends all have in common, it’s a fondness for napping. Comfy beds are a wonderful option for all cats! Cat towers are also a safe bet, as they offer kitties a scratching post, a napping spot, and a high vantage point that they can supervise at stare at their humans from.

Multiple Cats

If you have more than one kitty, look for pieces that can fit all of your feline friends at once. You don’t want Fluffy and Mittens fighting over the cat tower or kitty tipi!

Older Furballs

As Fluffy ages, she may have difficulty jumping and climbing. Choose pieces that will be easy for her to get into. Your feline pal may also appreciate a heated bed to snuggle up in when it’s chilly out.

Cats That Like Heights

Do you often have to pluck Fluffy off counters or bookcases? Consider getting your frisky feline some wall-mounted furniture, like kitty shelves or a catwalk. This will give your furry buddy a great vantage point, from which she can look down on you with that adorable smug expression kitties get.

Kitties That Love To Pounce

Does your furball like to hide behind plants or doors, and then pounce on you as you walk past? Fluffy may enjoy a cat tunnel. This is a great hiding spot for your adorable little hunter!

Shy Cats

Do you have a scaredy-cat on your hands? Kitties feel safer in small places, so your shy furball will likely prefer pieces with enclosed spaces. Choose a pet tent or condo, or a cat tower with a closed-in level.

Do you have questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, today!

Keeping Your Cat Entertained

Did you know that cats can get bored? We know, Fluffy loves doing as little as possible, so boredom may not seem like a big concern for our feline friends. However, in order to keep your pet happy and content, you’ll need to make sure she is getting enough stimulation. Read on as a Fort Collins, CO vet discusses kitty entertainment options.

Playthings

First of all, make sure that Fluffy has lots of fun toys to push under the couch. There are now some very cute modern toys for kitties. You can spoil your pet with catnip bubbles, robotic mice, or automated laser pointers. You can even download apps for your furball to play with on a phone or tablet! We also recommend taking time to play with Fluffy daily.

DVDs

Did you know that you can get DVDs made just for kitties? Fluffy may really enjoy watching documentaries about birds, fish, or squirrels. Hockey is also popular with some of our feline friends. Of course, your pet’s purrsonality will determine whether this is a good option. Some cats will watch TV for hours. Others won’t pay attention at all.

Kitty Garden

Give your feline pal a taste of nature by setting out some kitty safe plants for her to nibble on and hide behind. Some good options are Rubber tree plants, Boston ferns, Money plants, and Ponytail palms. You can find more nontoxic plants at the ASPCA website here.

Purrniture

Fluffy will really enjoy having some pieces of her own. Choose things that encourage healthy activities like climbing and jumping. If you have a super-frisky feline, look into wall-mounted furniture, or get your kitty a fun activity center.

Window View

Even if your furball wouldn’t know what to do if a mouse ran out in front of her, she’ll still enjoy watching birds and squirrels. Offer your pet a comfy window seat. This allows Fluffy to combine three of her favorite things: sunbathing, napping, and spying!

Playmates

If your kitty is young, and is an only pet, she may enjoy having a buddy to play with. Of course, there are many things to consider before adopting another cat, including Fluffy’s age, history, and temperament. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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.