I just brought home a new Cat! Truman, is a large, chocolate siamese marked, lovable male cat who now is adjusting to life with a veterinarian. He is slowly getting used to being poked and prodded on a daily basis. This past Monday, I travelled to the Arubacat factory in NH to purchase some nice scratchable furniture for Truman. I have known Arty Mitchell, the owner of Arubacat for over 20 years and his factory is a marvel of feline engineering. He produces cat furniture of many sizes and shapes, with or without cubbies, feeding stations, ramps, etc! The variations are mind boggling! All of his furniture is manufactured in NH, and is built to last! My last piece that I purchased from him was 20 years old! I just thought Truman should start with new furniture. My visit reinforced my belief that Arubacat is the best furniture on the market!
We were recently featured in an article about our office in New Hampshire homes. If you are interested in reading the article just click on the link for newhampshirehomes.com
We are welcoming our new veterinarian, Dr Stephen Diaz! Dr Diaz graduated this past spring from Tufts university with both a DVM degree and a Masters in Public Health. He has had a longtime interest in feline medicine and dentistry.
We believe Dr Diaz will become an integral member of our team and and we hope our clients and patients will enjoy and benefit from his fresh perspectives on feline health and care.
A market research firm working on behalf of Royal Canin reported some interesting facts after polling 541 cat owners:
-Nearly 50% brought their pet home without researching its lifestyle.
-61% believed that cats adapt easily to an owners lifestyle.
-A majority of respondents were unaware that cats are active every day, marking territory,hunting, and hiding.
-Half did not think of their cat's health each day
-72% di not think of their cat's health when selecting food
-93% do not consider breed when selecting food.
-More than half ignored their cat's age when selecting food.
-42% considered flavor to be important when selecting food
-15% admitted taste-testing cat food.
In reality, a cat's ability to taste is not nearly as powerful as a human's ability, and aroma and texture play a much bigger role in how cats choose food. Remember, choose, no grain, moist foods for the majority of the menu. Use dry food for rewards, games, and hunting experiences!
Sara Gardiner, DVM earned her BA from Connecticut College and her Veterinary degree from the University of California, Davis. She has a diverse clinical background in general practice, emergency and shelter medicine. Sara appreciates the unique needs of the feline patient and is pleased to become part of a feline-only practice. In the past she has participated in orphan kitten rescue groups and feline spay/neuter clinics. Her professional interests include internal medicine, ultrasound and urgent care.
We all struggle to find the right food for our cats. We want it to be high quality and at the same time please our furry companions. It is amazing how finicky some of our cats are. So what does cat food really taste like? Click on the link below and find out. One brave soul has actually tasted several brands and has posted her findings!
Just a Cat Doctor office update: Dr. Anne will be out of the office for the next month because of shoulder surgery. Please bear with us while our schedule is a little disrupted! Things should get back to normal during the second week of November. Dr. Anne hopes to be available by email during most of the next 4 weeks, but if you have an urgent question or problem, please call the office.
We are constantly stressing that cats need some places of their own to hang out in. These should have many nooks and crannies, and places to observe the world from on “high”. Some cat furniture is well built and long lasting, however, much is cheaply built and will shortly be destroyed by our furry friends. Why not use a material that can be replaced or recycled! My favorite is the lowly cardboard box. We have never had a cat ingest enough cardboard to create a problem. It is cheap, plentiful, and your imagination is the only limiting factor.
Here is a youtube link to get you started. You do not need to build this castle, but a few boxes in strategic places can really enrich a cat’s life.
Click on the url: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI9W_VdV1l0&feature=share
In case you missed it this past week, Good Morning America had a feature on the use of lasers to treat arthritis in pets. We have been using laser therapy in both offices for several months now and we are also seeing good results This is a good, non-invasive treatment modality to help treat several inflammatory conditions.
Several studies have shown that the majority of our older cat population suffers from arthritis. Cats rarely sow outward signs of pain. Older cats simply stop utilizing their vertical world because it hurts to jump or climb up or down. They stop getting up on the bed or couch to socialize with their humans. They may have difficulty negotiating stairs. They may not be able to get to their litter box area. If you have noticed any of these signs, then your cat may benefit from laser therapy.
If you would like to see the GMA segment, here is the URL: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/humane-society-details-cutting-edge-treatment-16760704
Dr Bob (Carlson) has dedicated the past 30 years to the care of cats.