In honour of International Cat Day, our Tuesday tip will cover something most cat owners deal with - cat anxiety and the dreaded carrier.
We know we aren't the favourite place for pets to come, and many cats only see their carrier the day of their vet visit. We have compiled a list of some good tips to help our feline furbabies have an easier time.
- leave the open carrier in an area your cat frequents for a few days prior to the vet visit to help them acclimatize to seeing the carrier
- apply Feliway Spray to the inside of the carrier each day you have the carrier out - this is a synthetic pheromone that mimics a pheromone happy cats use to mark territory as safe and familiar
- place favourite treats, catnip or toys inside the carrier to encourage entry when leaving it out
- while travelling, place a blanket over the carrier and secure it with a seat belt for safety
- leave your cat in the carrier after arriving home to give other cats in the home time to adjust to the unfamiliar smells
- a couple of hours before you have to leave, bring the carrier into the room in which the cat is napping, leave the carrier in there and shut the door when you leave. After they are both in one room, you don't have to look for him in the basement and on the second floor
- If you have a veterinary appointment and need to leave on time, start getting him into a carrier earlier than you think you will need to; many cats notice that something is different and can be more uncooperative than usual when you have somewhere to go
We sell different options of the Feliway product, and if you are having extra difficulty with your cat feel free to give us a call, there may be a medication option you can use to help take the edge off of their anxiety
Tuesday Tips: Shedding season has arrived!
Many dogs and cat shed their coat in the fall, and some shed all year round. Weekly brushing will get rid of the excess hair and keep your pet from getting itchy and even in some cats has helped lessen the hairballs.
We use FURminators when brushing out mats in the clinic, and most of us use them for our own pets at home. We sell the large and small sizes, and on your next visit into the clinic ask to try one while waiting for the doctor.
For more information on their products go to http://furminator.net/en
Every Tuesday we'll be bringing you some helpful tips or tricks for you and your furry friend.
This week we have some helpful information on administering medication to your cat or dog. Some cats and dogs take medications no problem, while others are just not a fan! Hopefully this will help make the situation a little easier for both you and your pet.Just make sure to stay calm as your pet can sense if you are nervous.
If there's anything special you'd like to see on Tuesday's Tips please let us know!