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How To Help Your Cat With Enforced Hunting

Cats are hunters. Even indoor cats have this drive deep within their DNA. We need to use this to our advantage to improve their quality of life. We also need to remember this makes being their caretaker different than that of other species.

It is important to know that hunting cats are only successful 15-30% of the time. For that reason, they do not wait until they are hungry to hunt. They hunt (and eat) when the opportunity presents itself. That is why cats given a free choice food are so often obese. They don’t wait to be hungry they just eat. And eat. And eat.

Hunting felines use a lot of skills to succeed. They need to be patient and be able to solve problems. Where is the mouse? Have I been successful here before? How do I get it out of the place it is hiding or how do I get into the place it is hiding? If you watch barn cats, they spend hours prowling, waiting, and using paws and noses to poke into potential hiding areas. House cats just have to go to their ever-filled bowl and eat. Kind of a feline lunch- box let down.

So let’s use this knowledge to make our cats happier. No more dry food in bowls. Make them work for it. Some cats like puzzle solving. Make or purchase containers they have to open to get the food. Plastic containers with only a small opening for which they have to reach. Doors they have to open. Pillows they have to burrow under. Some cats like chasing. Treat balls they have to bat around. Throw single kibbles down a hardwood covered hallway. Some cats like to hide and seek. Four or five kibbles piled around the house. Up on cat trees. On top of the refrigerator. Added advantage to this one is that in a household with many cats no one cat guards all the locations ensuring every cat has a chance.

The added advantage is that hunting cats have less time for destructive behaviour. They are using their energy and brain power to do what comes naturally leaving less time to fight with housemates or spray urine. Win-win. And, of course, moving, hunting cats are less prone to obesity. Big win.

So use your knowledge of cat behaviour to get your feline friend up and to move. You and your cats will be happier.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTiMpkScKP0 cat food games
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTY8MAjd3 this also shows using shelving to give cats the vertical surface extensions they love
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeKsKr9X4KE no bowl feeder

Written by Jennifer Merry BSc(Agr), DVM

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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