7 Simple Household tips to minimise Stress in your pet Cat.
1. Create an environment which is safe/secure. Consider if there is access to the property by non-resident cats as this is very stressful. Investing in microchip cat flaps, providing several resting places/hides and multiple litter trays. This is especially important in multi-cat households too. 2. Placing water, food and litter trays in 3 different locations. Cats do not like any of these to be within close proximity to each other- try to avoid the feeders that have the food and water attached. This preference stems from their origins in the wild, where cats would travel great distances between resources to avoid 'contamination' of meat with water and also toiletting areas, and still mimic this protective mechanism today. 3. Encourage drinking by providing plenty of water bowls, or investing in a 'cat water fountain'. (cats tend to prefer running water sources). Cats have very sensitive whiskers and sometimes refuse to eat or drink out for bowls with high edges as it can be an uncomfortbale sensation. Try to ensure water is filled right to the top of bowls and food is provided in a flat/low sided dish. 4.Regular monitoring of stress/pain. Cats are excellent at hiding pain as they are solitary animals and hate to display weakness. Often at the point of us noticing something is wrong, they may have been hiding illness for a long period of time. Signs may include; acting withdrawn/staring, lethargy/excessive sleeping, agression, excessive vocalisation. - contact us if you are concerned. 5. Consider what household products you use. Cats have an extremely strong sense of smell. Air fresheners, citrus scents, bleach and alcohol are particuarly offensive smells to cats. 6. Provide plenty of oppertunity for play/natural behaviour including optimisation of environment with sturdy scratching posts and puzzle feeder games. However don't be tempted to use lazer pointers, they can be distressing to cats as they are unable to catch the dot, creating large amounts of frustration. Instead try to create games which rewards the behaviour , i.e chase with a toy then rewarding with a treat. 7. Provide consistent and predictbale human interaction. Respecting their need for space and not forcing them to interact. Cats are solitary animals unlike dogs and usually prefer to interact on their terms.
We hope these simple tips prove useful in improving the quality of life of your pet cat. - Keeley Dalton RVN #felinebehaviour #catwelfare #catfriendlypractice ...
A female stray cat was found in Moreton-in-Marsh on the Fosseway Avenue. If you know of anyone who may be missing a cat in Moreton, she is now at our Hook Norton Surgery being cared for by our nurses. Please share so we can find her owner 🐈
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This profession carries long hours, heavy caseloads and often emotional circumstances. We show appreciation to all of our team and veterinary teams up and down the country who work tirelessly to deliver care to the nation's pets!
Our profession has made massive steps in promoting and ensuring sufficient opportunity to seek help and support.
'Vetlife' is a charity set up for those working in practice and runs a confidential 24/7 crisis line for those suffering emotionally or who need a listening ear.
The 'Mind Matters' scheme was established in 2015 and aims to improve the mental wellbeing of the veterinary team.
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Are you thinking about putting your bitch in pup? At HNVG we now offer in-house progesterone testing with a 2-hour turnaround. Being able to give you such speedy results means that you will know when your bitch is at optimum fertility!
Check out the litter of gorgeous black Labradors below, belonging to one of our LA Reception Team, they wouldn't be here today without the progesterone test available at the surgery. The test costs £41.21 incl. VAT*. Contact us for more information, 01608730501.
Although aging is normal, it is important to try and tackle problems in geriatric patients early to help maintain quality of life. Our nurses are able to offer advice about caring for a geriatric pet and refer to a veterinary surgeon if there are any issues that raise concern.
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