Spaying or neutering is one of the greatest gifts you can provide your pet and your family. These routine medical procedures not only help control pet overpopulation, but they may also prevent medical and behavioral problems from developing, allowing your cat to lead a longer, healthier and happier life.
As the old adage goes, “You are what you eat.” Selecting the right diet is especially important for cats because of the unique way that they break down food for energy.
I truly have a great love for cats -- I have 5 of them at home and 2 at my clinic (and that number is down for me). Don’t get me wrong I love dogs too but I have grown up with cats since the day I was born and didn't’t get my first dog until I was near 10. So I think for that reason, cats hold a special place in my heart. I think for people it is a lot easier to take care of cats (and also to collect them).
At some point or another, most cat owners have to contend with a cat who partially or completely quits using its litter box. While litter box issues can be difficult to diagnose, most of them are caused by one more of the following factors:
- Issues with the litter box setup
- Medical problems
- Stress or anxiety in the cat
- Territorial marking
Issues with the Litter Box Setup
Though cats communicate mostly by body language, some cats “talk” more than others. This is probably in part genetic (some breeds, such as the Siamese, are especially prone to this) and part learned behavior.
Cats are intelligent, energetic individuals, with individual preferences; they need stimulation and activity, and there are toys out there to satisfy any cat, especially if you spend time playing with them, too.
Does your cat beat the alarm clock to wake you up oh-so-early in the morning, begging for breakfast? Or is yours one who experiences attacks of the crazies at 2 or 3 a.m.? If your sleep is being disturbed by feline frenzies or demands, take heart: you have options.
Indoor cats especially need regular play for their health and happiness. Behavior problems can also be helped with the benefit of regular exercise. We all know that regular exercise and a healthy diet will keep us fit. But many of us don’t realize that the same goes for our cats. When I told my family and friends that I was working on a story about the importance of exercising cats, I was met with some pretty strange looks. “Exercise your cat? Is that possible?” my mother asked. Maybe I’m using the wrong terminology.
Dogs and cats are territorial animals. This means that they "stake out a claim" to a particular space, area or object. They let other people and animals know about their claim by marking it with a variety of methods and at many levels of intensity. For example, a dog may bark to drive away what he perceives as intruders to his territory. A cat may mark a valued object by rubbing it with her face.
Information provided in these articles is intended to provide some guidance for you and your pet. Not all animals behave (or respond) in the same manner. Should you have questions or concerns about anything you see here, please consult your veterinarian. While we work with vets on a regular basis, we are not veterinarians. We feel the articles here provide useful but general guidelines and suggestions for working with your pet. Please note, some articles may be disturbing to young children. Please preview articles to make sure they are appropriate for your child.