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Signs That Your Cat May be Hiding Illness

A Bit of Background

Cats have a complicated life. Complicated in a ‘mental health’ kind of way that is. We all think of cats, at least in their outdoor setting, as being natural, merciless hunters…stalking, calculating, running, catching and killing little animals.   They seem fearless and confident. But all is not as it appears. Domestic cats are hunted by carnivores larger than themselves. Because of this, their existence consists of equal parts hunting and being hunted. In order to survive, they do not want to appear vulnerable. If you are vulnerable you may be the next menu item!

Thanks for the Biology Lesson Darwin, But How Does That Apply to Our Cat Patients ?

Very simple. Our domestic cats try to hide illness for as long as possible. This means that by the time an owner notices something is different about their cat’s behaviour, the problem has likely existed for a while (a few days, or even a few weeks). This, in turn, means that a disease process may be advanced by the time an owner recognizes something is wrong and takes them to the animal hospital.

Keep an Eye Out For These Signs and Seek Advice From Us if They are Present:

  • Increased sleeping
  • Decreased appetite
  • Changes in routine/patterns of behavior
  • Urinating or defecating outside of the litter box
  • Anti-social behavior/hiding more
  • Reduced or excessive grooming, matted hair coat,
  • Decreased (or occasionally increased) vocalization
  • Moving slowly and cautiously or sitting/standing in unusual or awkward positions
  • Breathing through mouth/panting

It is important to contact our medical team if you are noticing any of these symptoms with regularity. They could represent the beginning of a major medical problem. Early diagnosis and intervention can have a significant impact on the prognosis in many cases.

 

by Dr. Stephen Longridge

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Last updated: June 1, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

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

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

5. GROOMING SERVICES

If your pet requires grooming, please give us a call and we will put your name on a list. Our groomer Stephanie will contact you directly to schedule an appointment.

6. COUNTRY TAILS DOGGIE DAYCARE

As of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Country Tails Doggie Daycare is open! Their temporary hours of operation are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. You may get touch with one of our daycare team members at (905) 690-8005 or at countrytails@clappisonvet.com

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital