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Feline body weight guidelines from Royal Canin. Where does your cat fit in? Feel free to stop by if you have any questions about your cat’s ideal weight, or if you simply want to put them on the scale and see where they are! 

Feline body weight guidelines from Royal Canin. Where does your cat fit in? Feel free to stop by if you have any questions about your cat’s ideal weight, or if you simply want to put them on the scale and see where they are! 

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Wow, we’ve never seen anything like this before. A new client of ours had discovered that one of her cats Soft Paw nail covers had embedded itself into the poor kitty’s pad. Luckily, Dr.Wickstrom was able to dislodge and remove it. We didn’t know that Soft Paws could do this, so please monitor your cats paws to make sure the nail covers are sitting properly throughout their duration (about 4-6 weeks).

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Five signs that your cat is in pain

Like most animals, cats won’t let you know when they are in pain. This survival instinct stems from the need to appear strong and lively, as the weak are at risk of getting picked off or left behind. 

When the pain gets strong enough, however, there are some signs your cat will begin to show that are usually pretty good indicators that your cat is suffering from a fair amount of pain.

Our clinic is fond of a product called Metacam. This honey flavored oral suspension or injection is often used to relieve our patients from pain during and after surgery, or any other case where the animal will be experiencing pain.

I will briefly go through five simple signs that you can look out for that will help you determine whether your cat is in pain. More information can be found at www.metacam.ca.

  1. Your cat has her ears perked upright and forward with evenly leveled eyes (not squinting). Her back will be slightly hunched and she will tuck in her legs in a relaxed posture. She will look bright and content, but is actually displaying well controlled pain.

  2. Your cat looks tired, his ears are droopy and his eyes are slanted and half closed. He is tense, rigid and looks tired, not wanting to move around much or at all.

  3. Her once playful and friendly personality has changed into aggression and snarls. She will hiss, flinch or attempt to scratch or bite you when you try to handle her. Her intense behavior can be proportional to the amount of pain she is experiencing.

  4. Your cat’s facial expression will resemble a ‘V’ with his eye’s slanted and half closed. His ears will be droopy and he will have his head down. This may be a sign that your cat is in pain.

  5. This posture is often seen after abdominal surgery. Her back will be hunched as she sits quietly in the corner of her cage. She will have her legs straightened and will display droopy ears and slanted, half open eyes.

If any of these behaviors or postures sound familiar, it may be in your cat’s best interest to contact your vet.

There are many options to help out a pet who is in pain, so s/he doesn’t have to experience discomfort and/or distress.

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all about cats: Top 10 Reason to Spay or Neuter your Pet

Whether you’ve recently adopted a pet or you’re considering it, one of the most important health decisions you’ll make is to spay or neuter your cat or dog. Spaying—removing the ovaries and uterus of a female pet—is a veterinary procedure that requires minimal hospitalization and offers lifelong health benefits. Neutering—removing the testicles of your male dog or cat—will vastly improve your pet’s behavior and keep him close to home.

Many states and counties have established low-cost spay/neuter programs that make surgery easily affordable and accessible. To find a low-cost program near you, search our Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Provider Database. If you’re in New York City, the ASPCA mobile spay/neuter clinic offers free or low-cost spay/neuter surgery for financially needy dog and cat owners with proof of public assistance. Please contact our hotline at (877) SPAY-NYC for a listing of dates and locations in all five boroughs.

Not convinced yet? Check out our handy—and persuasive—list of the top 10 reasons to spay or neuter your pet!

  1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
    Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.

  2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.
    Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.

  3. Your spayed female won’t go into heat.
    While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!

  4. Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home.
    An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.

  5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
    Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.

  6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
    Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.

  7. It is highly cost-effective.
    The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!

  8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.
    Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.

  9. Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth.
    Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.

  10. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.
    Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

(Source: aspca.org)

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