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Signs Your Cat is Happy

September may very well be Fluffy’s favorite month: it’s Happy Cat Month! Cats are definitely very complicated little furballs. It isn’t always easy to tell if a kitty is in a good mood or not. After all, our feline friends can be purring and affectionate one minute, only to randomly bite us the next. Read on as a Fort Collins, CO vet lists some signs that you have a happy cat.

Playfulness

Friskiness is definitely a sign of a satisfied kitty. If your cute pet loves to pounce on things, and clearly enjoys it when you play with her, you’re doing something right!

Relaxation

We know, even unhappy cats sleep a lot. The thing you want to look for here is where and how your furry buddy falls asleep. If Fluffy has no qualms about sprawling out in the middle of the floor, it’s a good sign that your kitty is comfortable in her domain.

Smug Look

Our feline overlords have an adorable way of looking smug and self-satisfied when they are content. That superior expression Fluffy gets sometimes is a great sign!

Interaction

Although some cats are just more outgoing than others are, even shy kitties often have a favorite person they interact with the most. If Fluffy reacts when you talk to her, comes when you call her, follows you around, or even talks back to you, she’s probably pretty pleased with her life.

Clean Bill Of Health

Does your kitty get a thumbs-up from the vet at her appointments? That’s also a positive sign! While of course even the most pampered pet can fall ill, if Fluffy is getting good care, it will show in her exam results. You can also tell a lot by your furry pal’s appearance. Clear eyes, smooth fur, and a good body weight are all great signs. Healthy cats are happy cats!

Affection

Cats are very thankful for the love, food, toys, catnip, and care we give them. Fluffy often expresses her gratitude just by being affectionate. Your furball may hop into your lap, head butt you, curl up with you at night, or just quietly hang out with you. (She may also thank you by bringing you dead rodents, but that’s another topic.)

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Things Cats Don’t Care About

Cats are very loving and affectionate little pets. However, while it’s safe to say that our feline friends truly love their humans, they aren’t purrticularly concerned with being courteous to us. Read on as a local Fort Collins, CO vet lists some things that Fluffy just couldn’t care less about.

Your Clothes

Fluffy has very pretty fur, and she often thoughtfully tries to share it with us. Lint rollers are a must for many people owned by cats.

Your Sleep Schedule

Has your frisky pet ever woken you up by jumping on you as you were sleeping, or batting a toy down the hall in the middle of the night? Does Fluffy wake you up to let you know she wants breakfast right meow? Case in point.

Local Wildlife

We know, Fluffy looks cute and innocent. However, your adorable little furball is actually a ruthless serial killer. Cats kill billions of small animals every year! Keep your tiny lion indoors.

Your Comfort

One thing we love about cats is the fact that they fit perfectly into our laps. It’s always adorable when a sleepy furball dozes off on you! However, at some point, you may find that you need to get up, but hesitate in order to avoid moving your furry little princess. If you do move Fluffy, you may get a little meow of protest. The indignity!

Us

Kitties are both safer and healthier with proper veterinary care. However, our feline patients don’t seem to see it that way. (Sorry, Fluffy: coming to see us is for your own good!)

Personal Space

Kitties are very affectionate. However, they do sometimes tend to use us as, well, furniture. We suspect that more than one of you has woken up in the middle of the night to find your furball sprawled up across half the bed while you are smooshed over to the side.

Your Privacy

Cats like to stay close to their humans, and monitor them throughout the day. Your feline overlord may even follow you into the bathroom!

The Laws of Physics

Cats have a remarkable capacity to fall asleep in positions usually associated with knots, pretzels, or perhaps mosquito flight patterns. They’re also capable of some truly impressive gymnastic feats!

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Tips For Playing With Your Cat

Kitties are very playful, which is one reason why they make such fun and entertaining pets. Fluffy is super cute when she is pouncing on a catnip mouse or chasing the dot from a laser pointer! Actually, playtime benefits your furry friend both mentally and physically. Read on as a Fort Collins, CO vet offers some tips on playing with your cat.

Know The Benefits

Playing is a great way to keep your pet happy and healthy! Your furry pal will not definitely benefit from the physical activity. Pouncing, jumping, and running will all help keep your furball strong and fit. She’ll also get mental stimulation, which is great for her emotional well-being. Plus, playing will burn off any excess energy she has, leaving you with a calmer, better-behaved pet. Last but not least, playing is a great way for you to bond with your kitty and make her feel loved and safe.

Set A Schedule

Cats are very much creatures of habit. Fluffy may stick to a set schedule for naps, meals, and cuddle time. Try to play with your feline buddy at roughly the same time each day. Even five or ten minutes a day will be beneficial.

Keep Toys On Hand

Many people like to relax at the end of the day by watching TV. Keep a laser pointer or wand toy handy near your favorite lounging spot. This will make it easier to incorporate your kitty’s play sessions into your personal down time.

Let Fluffy ‘Win’

Our feline pals are actually quite emotional. If Fluffy never ‘catches’ her prey, she may become discouraged and lose interest in playtime. Make sure to let her win sometimes.

Use Toys You Control

Fluffy should have some things that she can use by herself, such as catnip mice. However, when you play with your furry buddy, use toys that you control, such as wand toys and laser pointers. This will make playtime both more fun and more challenging for her.

Don’t Encourage Attacks

Kitties are skilled predators in the wild, and they like to practice their hunting skills on, well, pretty much everything. Many furballs use their humans as toys. Don’t encourage Fluffy to bite or scratch you! This is bad petiquette, and can actually grow into dangerous behavior.

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Is Your Cat Obese?

Obesity is one of the most common health issues we see in our feline patients. In fact, over half of America’s cats are, well, a bit chubby. That’s a lot of pudgy pets! Read on as a Fort Collins, CO vet discusses kitty obesity.

Health Risks

Fluffy will still be adorable if she’s overweight, but she’ll be much healthier staying at or near her ideal weight. Obesity increases your kitty’s chances of developing some very dangerous health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory issues, and even certain cancers!

Feeding Fluffy

Cats are absolutely adorable, and they know it. Fluffy isn’t above using her cute faces and charming meows to cajole you into handing out treats and snacks. In fact, many pets have their humans trained to feed them on demand! That’s one reason it’s so important to pay attention to portion sizes. Even giving your furball just ten calories too much a day can lead to a weight gain of about a pound a year. That’s a lot for a kitty! Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Kitty Workouts

If you put Fluffy on a treadmill, she’ll probably curl up and take a nap on it. You may need to trick or tempt your furball into staying active. Get Fluffy some pieces of cat furniture that will entice her to jump and climb. (Tip: cat towers are great for this.) You can also get your kitty moving by playing with her every day. Use toys that you can control, like a laser pointer or feather toy. This will make playtime more challenging for your cat, and will also help keep her moving.

Weight Check

With some kitties, it’s quite obvious that they are overweight. However, it isn’t always that easy to tell if a cat is obese or not, especially with longhaired furballs. While you’ll want to get an official opinion from your vet, there is a simple test you can do. Try to feel your kitty’s ribs. If you can’t feel them at all, Fluffy probably isn’t just fluffy. If you can easily feel them beneath a layer of fat and skin, your pet may be near her ideal weight. If they’re protruding, your pet may actually be underweight.

Do you know or suspect that your cat is obese? Is Fluffy overdue for a veterinary exam? Contact us, your Fort Collins, CO vet clinic, today!

Taking Your Cat to the Vet

August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! Of course, given the option, Fluffy would rather celebrate Spoil Your Cat Day, Hug Your Cat Day, or Take Your Dog To The Vet Day. We know that most of our feline patients would rather stay home and take yet another nap than come visit us. However, proper veterinary care is crucial to your kitty’s health and well-being. A Fort Collins, CO vet discusses taking Fluffy to the doctor in this article.

Fluffy’s Appointment Schedule

How often your pet needs to come in will depend on her age, lifestyle, and health. We recommend that all furballs be fixed, spayed or neutered, and kept current on vaccines and parasite control. Generally, adult kitties should come in at least once a year. If Fluffy is a senior, is allowed to go outdoors, or has medical issues, she may need to come in more often. Ask your vet for specific advice.

The Trip

Most cats are not particularly fond of car rides. There are some ways to make the trip a bit easier on your kitty. If Fluffy only sees her carrier before appointments, she may immediately be on edge when she spots it. Leave the carrier out between appointments, and put comfy bedding and some toys in it. On the ride, keep a window cracked, and play some soft music for your furball to meow along to. Also, try to avoid sharp turns, bumps, and sudden stops or starts. If your feline pal is extremely nervous, ask your vet about using cat-calming products.

Emergency Care

If you know or suspect that your pet is sick, schedule an emergency visit right away. Cats tend to be very secretive when they are ill, and often try to mask signs of illness. Some warning signs to watch for are hiding, poor grooming, respiratory issues, uncharacteristic behavior or vocalizations, vomiting, diarrhea, litterbox issue, and changes in food or water consumption.

Coming Home

Even if your kitty protests all the way to the clinic and all the way back, she’ll likely calm down very quickly when she gets back to her domain. Get Fluffy’s motor going again by offering her a yummy treat or a new toy. Some extra cuddles may also be in order.

Please reach out to us, your Fort Collins, CO vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

Fluffy’s Thanksgiving Plans

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Many people are starting to make plans for the autumn holiday. As it turns out, our feline pals may also have a few things on her agenda. Read on as a Fort Collins, CO vet discusses Fluffy’s Thanksgiving plans.

Supervise

Kitties like to keep a close eye on their human friends. Your feline friend will no doubt supervise you carefully as you prepare for your guests. She may even follow you around from room to room!

Steal Chairs

If there’s one thing Fluffy can’t resist, it’s a warm, cozy napping spot. If any guests get up from the table, your furball may immediately hop into that recently-vacated seat.

Naps!

Watching people and napping can be very tiring for our furry companions! After observing your guests for a while, your feline buddy will probably start yawning, and curl up for a nap, possibly on someone’s coat.

Find The Allergic Person

Kitties have a rule about people with allergies. If one person in the room is allergic to Fluffy, there’s a good chance that she will gravitate to that specific person.

Socializing … Or Not

If Fluffy is friendly, she may spend some time hopping from lap to lap, or just going around the room collecting forehead rubs and ear scritches. Shy cats, on the other hand, may spend a chunk of their day under the bed.

Beauty Ritual

Kitties certainly aren’t shy about grooming themselves. Don’t be surprised if Fluffy starts cleaning her bottom in the middle of a room full of guests!

Dinner

Fluffy can definitely have a special treat. Just be careful with what you offer her. Plain, cooked meat, chicken, or fish are fine, as long as you remove the skin, bones, and fat. Your kitty can also have some canned tuna or chicken in water; a bit of shredded deli meat; cat milk; or sodium free broth. Never give your cat dairy products; meat on the bone; raw meat, dough, or yeast; chocolate; nuts; caffeine; alcohol; or anything seasoned with garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; grapes, currants, and raisins; pitted fruits; and anything that contains xylitol.

More Naps

After a long day of being petted and eating, Fluffy will probably be tired, and ready for some snuggles. Kitty purrs are definitely something to be grateful for!

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Keeping Kitty Cool

Do you often find your cat sprawled out in a sunbeam? Our feline friends certainly do love sunbathing. However, summer can be tough on kitties. After all, Fluffy is wearing a fur coat, and doesn’t have many ways to cool herself off. Here, a Fort Collins, CO vet discusses keeping cats cool.

Brushing

Cats are pretty good about grooming themselves, but that doesn’t mean your pet can’t use a helping hand now and then. Brushing your feline pal regularly will get that dead hair, dust, and dander out of her coat. This will help keep her cooler. (Bonus: this is also a great way to spend time with Fluffy, and make her feel pampered.)

Water

Make sure that your feline buddy always has plenty of fresh, cool water. You may want to get your furball an automated waterer, or a pet fountain. Many kitties actually prefer to drink running water.

Cool Bed

Offer your kitty some comfy napping spots in cool areas. Fluffy may like a shaded corner near the AC, for instance. Of course, if you let your furball roam, she probably won’t have trouble finding a cool napping spot. Cats are very, very good at getting comfortable!

Pawckey

Did you know that batting an ice cube around can help your kitty cool off? Fluffy’s paw pads—or ‘toe beans,’ as some people call them—help kitties regulate their temperature.

Hammock

It’s really very easy to make Fluffy a hammock. Just get a table or end table with four legs, and a sturdy piece of material. Cut the fabric so that it’s smaller than the tabletop, and then just tie the corner to the legs. Presto!

Keep Kitty In

The best way to keep your kitty cool in summer is to keep her indoors, in rooms with climate control. If you do let your furry buddy roam, limit her outdoor time during the hottest parts of the day.

Cold Snacks

Who says kitties can’t have a cool treat? Drop an ice cube into your cat’s bowl on sweltering days. Fluffy may also enjoy a cool bowl of sodium-free broth, or perhaps some cat milk, which you can get in pet stores. Some chilled, boneless tuna, fish, or chicken in water is also fine.

Please contact us, your Fort Collins, CO vet clinic, with any questions about your cat’s health or care. We are here to help!

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!

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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!