Blog News

April 3, 2014

Kitty Gym

Reduced food intake and more exercise are the keys to weight loss in cats. But how do I make my cat exercise more? you ask... 1. Use fun toys instead of food as a treat - focus on items that will really get your cat moving, like a stringed feather on a pole that your cat will never get tired of swatting at 2. Use vertical spaces in your home to encourage jumping. This could be a window sill, set of empty shelves or a cat tree. 3. Separate food and water bowls so your cat has to get up and burn energy to get from one to the other - using the vertical space works well here 4. Invest in a laser pointer - even the laziest cats find it hard to resist. Do provide a small reward like a piece of kibble for all that effort at the end 5. Hide and seek - place your cat's food around the house - make him work hard for his dinner!
March 31, 2014

Arthritis

Cats are very good at hiding signs of pain and discomfort. Reluctance to jump, an unkempt coat, avoiding play and petting, and crankiness may be indicators of arthritis. Check out this fabulous new website, Cats with arthritis, to help decide if your cat has arthritis.
March 26, 2014

Blood in the litter box

Cats pass blood in the urine for many different reasons. Older cats with kidney or bladder disease are prone to urinary tract infections. In younger cats it can be a sign of stress or anxiety. If a male cat is having trouble passing his urine or is passing blood it is an emergency and you should call us immediately. A urine sample and a chat with the person who spends the most time with the cat is essential to working out what the root cause of the problem is. Often we take the sample in the consult room. Sometimes the cat has to stay in hospital (like Leila above) until she builds up enough urine for us to sample. Once we have the urine we check it with a diagnostic stick and then stain it so we can see any cells, crystals or bacteria under the microscope. We can then target the problem with the best treatment and help you prevent it happening again.