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Enrich the Life of your Cat

Cats have been growing in popularity as pets for many years now; a significant number of these cats are kept indoors, either exclusively or in part. Compared to their ancestral lifestyle, most indoor felines have relatively little stimulation or activity to help them while-away the hours of the day.  Not surprisingly we are seeing more and more cats gaining weight, developing type 2 diabetes and driving their owners crazy with behavioural problems; especially inappropriate urination in the house.

If having some outdoor play time is not an option (busy road nearby, fighting with neighbourhood cats, concerns about preying on urban wildlife… or being preyed-upon) then it is important to create activity, security and mental stimulation for your cat indoors.  The good news is with a few minor and inexpensive additions to the household, it is not too terribly difficult to achieve.

Simple! Even recycled items, such as cardboard boxes to use for hiding and lounging can go a long way to make a cat feel more content.  Providing elevated perches and other locations that allow the cat to ‘survey the land’ from aloft give them a feeling that they have an advantage over all those who meander by.  Interestingly, cats feel much more secure so long as they cannot see the other people and animals.  Most of their body may be readily evident to others (they are very poor at hide and seek), but their perception tells them they are completely invisible to the world!

Multi-cat households require more effort in order to keep all of the feline occupants in harmony.  Cats are not naturally pack animals, preferring to live solitary lives with a stronger attachment to their environment than to each other.  Most learn to ‘tolerate’ one another, but these are quite often uneasy and dynamic relationships at best.  Having multiples of key resources such as litter boxes, feeding and watering stations, sleeping and hiding spots are essential for keeping the peace.

The American Association of Feline Practitioners has simple and short brochures which can be downloaded in PDF format.  The first one on the link-page below is “Your Cat’s Environmental Needs”:

http://www.catvets.com/cat-owners/brochures

Here is another excellent resource to check out.  Dr. Buffington’s commitment to the field of environmental enrichment is outstanding:

http://indoorpet.osu.edu/cats/

With a little ingenuity and re-structuring of the household layout, hopefully more of our feline friends can live an active and content life, facilitating less stress-induced disease.

 

by Dr. Stephen Longridge

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905.689.8005. We will open the door and bring you and your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We ask 1 client per pet please. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. The animal hospital is still OPEN with the following hours: Monday- Friday: 8:00am - 6pm, Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm, & Closed on Sundays.

4. Country Tails Doggie Daycare and our Grooming Salon are closed until further notice.

5. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

6. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

7. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

8. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital