The Importance of Vaccinations for Cats

Cat vaccine

At Blue Valley Animal Hospital, vaccinations in one form or another are an important wellness recommendation for almost any pet patient we see. While most of our dog owners follow our recommendations, our feline patients are much less likely to receive the wellness care that they need. That doesn’t make vaccinations for cats or other wellness care any less essential for them, though. 

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Creepy Cat Behavior, What You Need To Know!

Creepy cat behavior.

Cats can be loveable creatures, and equally mysterious. They may display behavior that has you questioning their intentions. One type of behavior that makes pet owners curious is when their cats start intensely at them. What would this mean? The team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is here to uncover the meaning behind mysterious cat behavior and why they may be staring at you so much. 

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Do You Free Feed Your Pet or Have Set Meal Times?

Free feeding vs. scheduled feeding.

The old adage “take it or leave it” used to apply to pet food. Not much thought went into whatever filled a pet’s bowl, and if they didn’t like it at first, they’d come around if they were hungry enough. 

Fortunately, we know more now about what pets need to eat in order to thrive. There are seemingly endless food choices to consider that hinge on a pet’s age, weight, overall health, and lifestyle (not to mention taste preferences). Once you settle on the right food, the choice remains to either adhere to set meal times or free feed your pet throughout the day. The team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is here to help you make the right decision for your pet. 

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How To Identify and Treat Cat Diabetes

pet cat getting shot at vet.

We want our kitties to feel loved and pampered, so we feed them especially tasty foods and treats. We say our cats are finicky and won’t eat anything but specialty foods. Our cats aren’t fat. They’re fluffy, right?

A Fat Cat Could Become a Sick Cat

It’s rare to find type 1 diabetes in cats, but it’s increasingly common to find type 2 in house cats. The main cause of diabetes is diet, although age can be a factor. Your senior cat might not be overweight but could still develop diabetes. Unneutered male cats, eight years of age and older, are also at high risk for developing the disease.

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Tips on Teaching Your Cat to Do Tricks

Owner training pet cat.

Your kitten or adopted cat may surprise you with clever antics like fetching or slam-dunking toys. Is it possible to teach cats to do other tricks? Here are some tips on cat trick training!

Why Teach Your Cat to Do Tricks?

Aside from your enjoyment of cat antics, teaching cats to do tricks or follow commands helps keep your pet active, engaged, and responsive. These are all good things for kitty’s mental and emotional health. Pets who are bored can become destructive and even aggressive. The more you can keep your kitty entertained; the happier and healthier your pet will be. 

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The Importance of Taking Your Cat to the Vet

Veterinarian holding cat in their arms.

August 22, 2021 is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, and serves as a great reminder that cats benefit from routine examinations. Because cats age much faster than humans (and they mask symptoms), it’s essential to stay in front of any developing health conditions. While we know it’s not always easy to convince a cat to enter their travel crate, routine appointments contribute to a higher quality of life. 

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Brushing A Cat’s Teeth: Why and How it Should be Done

A black cat gets its teeth brushed.

Like humans, cats’ teeth need to be taken care of on a daily basis to reduce tartar and plaque buildup. In fact, the majority of cats have some form of dental disease by the time they reach the age of three. Dental disease can cause pain, tooth loss, infection, and can even shorten your cat’s lifespan if bacteria from an oral infection enters the bloodstream. 

The absolute best way to protect your pet’s oral health is by brushing their teeth daily or at least three times per week. Brushing a cat’s teeth probably sounds like an impossible task, but with the right approach (along with a healthy dose of patience and persistence) most cats can learn to accept and even enjoy toothbrushing.

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On the Prowl: Improving Cat Safety When They Want to Go Out at Night

If you have a fluffy, furry, whiskered friend, you may find that they sleep all day. Contrary to popular opinion, cats are crepuscular, not nocturnal, and are most active around dawn and dusk. They are both recovering from intense activity at sunrise, and preparing for their evening romp. 

Depending on the cat, nightly activities may simply involve a patrol around the fenced yard. But they may also take in a roof walk, a crossing of a busy road, a fight with another cat, or even an entry into another home. Either way, cat safety is at stake.

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From Frisky to Foul: A Look at Feline Aggression (and How to Deal With It)

Taut whiskers. Pinned-back ears. Thrashing tail. Dilated pupils. Any of these signs of feline aggression are powerful warnings, but when combined with a fierce growl or hiss, an attack is imminent. 

There are no questions about a cat’s ability to defend themselves, but when they act out of character around their loved ones, it can be extremely worrisome. What’s behind feline aggression, and how should owners respond to it?

Big and Bad

Cats are experts at efficiently communicating using specific elements of body language. A close look at tail positioning can reveal their mental state. For instance, when they are scared or feel threatened, they will hold their tail close to the ground. Whipping it side to side may also be seen.

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