Cleaning Up After Cat Urine

A cat on the carpet.

When your cat pees outside the litter box, there’s no hiding from the problem. Cat urine can leave a stain, but even worse, the smell becomes more challenging to remove the longer it sits. Kitty pee contains uric acid, which can remain in carpet, clothing, or furniture fabric for years. Using the right type of cleaner is key. Once the immediate problem is cleaned up, it’s also important to determine the cause of this behavior, which could be a sign of a health issue or stress.

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A Potential CATastrophe: How To Stop a Destructive Cat

Destructive cat.

You arrive home from running errands to find a potted plant knocked off the window ledge, the sofa is wet with cat urine, and there is trash strewn about in the bathroom. Is this the work of an intruder? More likely the destruction is caused by your bored or unhappy house cat.

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Cat Behavior: Your Cat’s Tail Tells All

Cat behavior: tail is up.

A cat’s tail can tell you a lot about their wellness. Cats are known for their playfulness and curiosity. At Highway Veterinary Hospital, we believe that understanding this communication can improve your relationship with your pet. 

Understand Cat Behavior with a Glimpse of the Tail

Although sometimes it might seem like your cat is blatantly ignoring you, their tail can tell a lot about what they are thinking and feeling. The following tail positions can signify certain emotions:

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All About Cat Vaccines

Cat wellness.

Disease prevention is a major concern for pet owners, but it can be a little confusing at times. Many health threats are a bit ambiguous, especially if a cat lives an indoor-only existence. Cat vaccines may seem like they aren’t necessary or important to many cats with limited potential exposure. The truth is, routine vaccinations play a critical role in disease prevention and maintaining lifelong health. 

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Are Your Cat’s Hairballs Inconvenient or Problematic?

A cat covers its eyes.

Hairballs are something that most cat owners accept as part of the territory of living with a cat. After all, they are covered in fur. Equipped with a super-unique tongue that easily lifts dead or loose hair, dirt and debris from their coat, cats strive to be extra-clean all the time. The barbs on the tongue that feel scratchy to us are pointed backwards, making it all but impossible for them not to swallow a mouthful of fur from their coat. 

This is all normal feline behavior, but if your cat’s hairballs seem excessive or out of control they may have something else going on.

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Teach Your Cat to Swim!

The idea of bringing your pet into any body of water may seem suspect. After all, cats loathe water, right? 

It may come as a shock to you, but cats can be taught to appreciate water if they get the right introduction. Several cat owners have pondered why cats can’t swim, but the truth is, the can! 

If you are one of the brave cat owners out there who would like to teach your cat to swim, you are in luck! The team at Highway Veterinary Hospital is here to explain the basics of cat swimming, and how to slowly introduce your feline friend to being in water.

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Check This Off Your List: How To Check Your Pet For Ticks

With the season of spring officially here, you may be thinking of all the fun outdoor activities that are hopefully coming up, from backyard BBQs to travel. One other thing that tends to come to the front of our minds in springtime are bugs – especially fleas, ticks, and mosquitos.

We’re focusing on ticks with this blog, since they are found everywhere and can transmit serious and even deadly disease to pets and humans.  

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Caring for Your New Kitten

Caring for your new kitten will set them up to be a healthy catTheir roly-poly Buddha bellies, their tiny paws, their small meows… Is there anything more adorable than a new kitten? For those of us who adore our feline friends, caring for a new kitten is undoubtedly delightful. However, taking excellent care of a new pet also involves a lot of work. Fortunately, the team at Highway Veterinary Hospital is here to help!

New Kitten Supplies

Before you bring home your new kitten, you’ll need to address all of their safety and comfort needs. Items you should pick up include:

  • Food and water bowls (not too high or deep, metal bowls are best to prevent bacteria build-up)
  • Litter and litter box that’s easy to enter and exit
  • Kitten-formulated food (never adult food)
  • Treats (in limited quantities so as not to upset their stomach)
  • Microchip or breakaway collar and ID tags
  • Nest-type beds
  • Toys suitable for a new kitten

Nutrition is Paramount

It’s important to remember that your kitten will need the right nutrition as they grow and develop. We suggest kitten-formulated diets from quality reputable brands, such as Royal Canin, Hill’s Science Diet, Purina Pro Plan, and Eukanuba. Feed kitten food until approximately one year of age.

To encourage optimal development, you should feed your new kitten in the appropriate quantities three times daily or free choice, dependent on your kitten’s appetite. A small amount of wet food can also encourage hydration and appetite. Treats are okay to give in moderation.

New Kitten Exam and Vaccinations

After bringing your new kitten home, make an appointment to see us within a few days. Young animals are highly susceptible to a number of illnesses; and making sure your pet has the proper screenings, deworming, and vaccinations is crucial.

Our kitten preventive care exams include:

  • Thorough physical assessment
  • Deworming and parasite control
  • Microchipping for permanent identification
  • Blood screening
  • Age-appropriate vaccines
  • Kitten care education, including grooming and dental care
  • Nutritional consult
  • Spaying or neutering estimates

Litter Box Training Basics

When you start your kitten off with some basic “potty” skills, litter box training isn’t as hard as you might think. Consider the following pointers:

  • Find a permanent, quiet place for the litter box (and the right size box for a kitten).
  • Scoop daily.
  • Make sure the box is far enough away from their bed and food/water bowls, but not so far that it’s challenging for your kitten to find.
  • Make sure you have more than one litter box per cat.
  • Place your kitten in the litter box so they get used to where they should eliminate (especially after meals and naps).

Other Tips for Kitten Care

We highly recommend giving your kitten lots of affection and handling (which shouldn’t be hard at all!). Once your kitten is fully vaccinated, exposing your new friend to other playmates is a great way to encourage a more social, confident kitty. Just remember, supervision and slow introductions are a must.

Need more tips about caring for a new kitten? Please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to meeting your new companion soon! Congratulations on becoming a new pet parent!

Tidings Of Comfort And Joy: How To Help Homeless Pets

help homeless petsDuring the holiday season, it’s natural to turn our thoughts toward the needs of those less fortunate. As pet owners and animal lovers, it can be difficult to think of the plight of so many pets who languish in shelters all over the country.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to help homeless pets in your community and beyond, and the benefits are well worth the effort!

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