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Is Your Vet Cat Friendly?

Is your vet cat friendly?

The one thing I love about our vet is that she’s cat friendly.

She has a separate exam room for cats. She sits on the floor with them. And she would never drag a terrified cat out of its carrier.

My vet might be the exception, but the American Association of Feline Practitioners is trying to change that with its Cat Friendly Practice program. And, according to a recent AAFP survey, catering to cats doesn’t just eliminate the dread of vet visits, it’s good for business. 

In the survey, 83 percent of the vets with a Cat Friendly Practice designation reported increased cat visits. And 61 percent said their practice revenue has grown since earning the designation.

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The Four Best Valentine’s Day Gifts For Cats

One of the best Valentine's Day gifts for cats is your undivided attention.

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It’s a Valentine’s Day tradition at our house. Every cat gets a Yeowww Catnip heart. My cats are old, and we have quite a collection by now! When people ask me about Valentine’s Day gifts for cats, the catnip-stuffed hearts and Hot Cats are always my top choices.

But the best gift we can give our cats on Valentine’s Day, and every day, is our undivided attention. Just half an hour or so away from your phone, computer and TV will be as good for you as it is for them. 

Brush them, go for a walk together, play with a wand or fishing pole toy or just talk with them. If you can make this part of your daily routine, all of you will look forward to your time together. 

But if you want to buy something really special, these are my five favorite Valentine’s Day gifts for cats. Clicking on the links will take you to Amazon.

The Four Best Valentine’s Day Gifts For Cats

Mirtazapine Ointment For Cats Can Increase Appetite And Reduce Stress

Mirtazapine ointment for cats can increase your sick cat's appetite while reducing the stress of igiving medication,To me, there’s nothing more heart wrenching than struggling to medicate a sick cat who’s not eating. An appetite stimulant is just one more pill to add to the long list of meds. So the introduction of Mirtazapine ointment for cats is very good news. It’s now available from vets, and all you have to do is rub a little bit inside an ear flap.

Mirataz, the transdermal formulation of the popular appetite stimulant, went on the market a few months ago.

An Appetite Stimulant Just For Cats

Six Ways To Say Thank You During Cat Lovers Month

It's National Cat Lovers Month!Who would've thought. December is National Cat Lovers Month!

So I guess this is the month when we honor and thank the true cat lovers -- the people who respect and love cats for the amazing, intelligent creatures they are and think of them as more than just cute, fluffy kitties. The people who take the time to learn about cats' unique physical and emotional needs. The people who trap/neuter/return community (feral) cats. The people who run rescues for cats who are down on their luck. And the people who save lives by fostering. 

There are so many true cat lovers. How can we thank them for their hard work, their dedication, and all too often, their tears. 

Here are a few suggestions.

In Loving Memory Of My Honey Cat

 

Honey

Honey with the ceramic cat that reminds me of her.

Last night was the first in 13 years I feel asleep without Honey at my side. She never actually slept with me. She just sat beside me on my bed for a few minutes and looked down at me with so much love in her eyes. Then she’d go under my bed and sleep right beneath my head. Maybe that was her way of sleeping with me. 

Honey came to live with me 13 years ago and brought her kids — Katie and Winston — with her. They were kittens at the time and came from a horrible high-kill shelter in southern Virgina. They were supposed to go to my rescue’s shelter. But Honey was very sick, so they came here as fosters until she was well. Happily for me, they never left. 

 

Memories Are Made Of This

Did You Know The Weather Affects Cat Behavior?

Wanting to wear a muffler is just one way changing weather affects cat behavior. Since the days have started turning colder and shorter, everything is different at my house. My cats show me constantly how the weather affects cat behavior.

They love outside, but they’re spending more time indoors now. Soda spends his days napping in a basket in a sunny spot on my dresser. Sizzle stretches out full length on my bed, also in a sunny spot. Muffitt cuddles into a pile of pillows on my bed. And Honey Cat has taken up residence in my bathroom, where it’s toasty warm. 

They’re eating more, too. And that’s another way the changing weather affects cat behavior. 

How The Weather Affects Cats’ Appetites

Flea Allergy Dermatitis In Cats Is Becoming More Common

Flea allergy dermatitis in cats is becoming more common.It’s been years since my cats had fleas, so I was surprised to learn that flea allergy dermatitis in cats is on the rise. 

According to Banfield Pet Hospitals’ 2018 State of Pet Health Report, there’s been an astonishing 67 percent increase in flea allergy dermatitis in cats since 2008. In 2017, 170 of every 10,000 cats seen at Banfield hospitals had the allergic reaction to fleas.

That doesn’t seem like a lot of cats until you think about the stats from 2008. Then, just 102 cats in every 10,000 developed flea allergy dermatitis. 

Do Cats Know Their Names? It Depends On How You Say Them

Most cats know their names, although they might choose to ignore you when you call. It’s seven pm, and I’m standing in Sam’s driveway calling his name. Do cats know their names? Sam knows his. But either he’s out of earshot, or he’s ignoring me.

A few minutes later, when I’m starting to get really annoyed, a long, lean black cat suddenly appears on his fence. Sam jumps down, rubs against my legs, and we go inside.

I love pet sitting for indoor/outdoor cats, but getting them to come when I call can be a challenge. While most cats know their names, they don’t always recognize my voice or the way their names sound when I call. .

Study Shows Cats Know Their Names