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    Cat Carrier Stress – Tips to make a carrier a cat-friendly place


    Putting "Love" In This Hate-Hate-Relationship

    Ok, so your cat doesn't like getting inside their carrier. But before you label your cat stubborn, consider for a moment that the only time you pull the carrier out of storage is when you're heading to the vet's office. And chances are those visits are not for routine wellness care (like annual check-ups), but for when they are "off" or sick. It's hard to imagine any of us wanting to get inside of our cars if getting behind the wheel every time meant a trip to the dentist!

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    Topics: Cat Health, pet safety tips, Crate Training, travel with pets, travel anxiety, Restraints, Crates, Wellness Check-up, Vet Exam, Cat Tips, Cat

    Going to the Vet – How to Collect Your Cat's Urine Sample


    Is your cat peeing on your carpet? Are you noticing blood in her urine? Does she seem to be drinking or peeing a lot more lately? Or perhaps she appears to be losing weight, maybe even in spite of a healthy appetite? You likely (hopefully) recognize that all of these signs are indications that your cat needs to be seen by your veterinarian. But do you also know that you should be taking steps to ensure that she has a full bladder when she gets there?

    Liquid Gold — Making Your Cat Cross Their Legs Before Going to the Vet


    You see, whatever problem you’re bringing your cat to the vet for, or even when it’s just for a routine wellness check-up, that urine your cat is so cavalierly disposing of (even if on your carpets or laundry) could actually be the thing that helps your vet diagnose the underlying problem or, in the case of a wellness check-up, confirm their good health. In many situations, the importance of a urinalysis and/or a urine culture cannot be overstated. And since my super-intelligent friend and colleague, Dr. Ann Hohenhaus of The Animal Medical Center in New York City, wrote a great post on this very topic, I’ll leave it to her to explain all the information and value that we vets and pet owners get from a few simple urine tests.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cats, Urine marking, Wellness Check-up, Vet Exam, Cat Tips, Urinary obstruction, Cat Litter, Veterinary visits, Urine sample, Collecting a urine sample, Blood in urine, Urine analysis

    Removing the Fear and Anxiety From Your Cat's Vet Visits


    Fear-Free Vet Visits - How Wonderful!

    If you’re a cat lover, you should also love the new shift within the veterinary profession. It’s called the Fear Free movement - and it’s a movement that’s super important… and long overdue.

    The Fear Free movement is a recognition (finally) that one of the greatest barriers that keeps cats from getting the veterinary evaluations and care they need isn’t the cost of veterinary care, nor the busy lives that pet owners lead (although both of these reasons certainly are contributing causes). Rather it’s the stress and anxiety that cats show, and the anxiety that their people anticipate and perceive, when undertaking a trip to the veterinarian’s office.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cat Stress, Cat Stress Relief, Blog, Wellness Check-up, Cat Tips, Veterinary visits, Anxiety in Cats

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