Cats

Training Your Cat to Scratch Appropriately

Contrary to popular belief, most cats can be trained. Owners can reinforce desired behavior in food-motivated pets by applying the treat as the cat completes the wanted behavior. The goal is to elicit the wanted behavior first so that you can reinforce it.

We know that cats scratch in order to:

  • Stretch and exhibit normal behavior
  • Scent mark an object
  • Condition their claws
  • Ward away unwanted attention

We supply cats with adequate scratching surfaces so they can exhibit their normal behavior.

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Cat Obesity: How to Help Your Cat Lose Weight

What is obesity?
Obesity is defined as being overweight by 15 to 20 percent of an ideal body weight. Up to 44 percent of the pet population in North America is obese, making this condition the most common nutritional disorder among cats and dogs.
 
cat obesity How do I know if my cat is overweight?
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How to Give Your Cat a Pill

If you’re like most cat owners, you have struggled at one time or another while trying to give your cat a pill. With a little bit of advice and patience, you will be a pro in no time.

The easiest thing to do is to try to hide it in something that he likes to eat. Here are some ways we suggest disguising your cat’s medication:

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Ringworm: It's Not What You Think!

Despite its name, many pet parents are surprised to find that ringworm isn’t a worm—instead, it is a skin disease caused by a fungus. Because the lesions of this skin disease are often circular, it was once thought to be caused by a worm curling up in the tissue, but this disease actually has nothing to do with worms at all!

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Pets Can Have Allergies, Too!

We typically think of itchy eyes, sneezing and fatigue as common allergy symptoms in humans, but if your pet is excessively grooming, licking, itching or has a terrible smell, he/she could be suffering as well.

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Diagnosing and Treating Your Own Pet: The Dangers of Dr. Google

I think we can all agree that the internet is an amazing resource, one that has completely transformed our lives. Do you remember having to actually step foot inside of a library to research a topic? Now, we just say “Google it”, and viola- we have instant answers. We have all been there- we jump on Web MD because we have a sore throat, and suddenly we are afraid we may have a life threatening illness.

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Parasite Prevalence: What's Your Pet's Risk?

We believe that educated pet owners are the best pet owners! To better understand your veterinarian’s parasite prevention recommendations, it is important to know the risks affecting your pet.

Veterinary care recommendations can vary greatly from pet to pet, family to family and location to location. While our doctors’ recommendations are customized to each individual pet and family, certain factors can help us determine a baseline for the preventative tests and treatments we feel best serve our clients and patients.

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