This is a special newsletter that focuses on what you need to know about your cat.
What you need to know about your cat
Vol. 8, Issue 6
Small Town Feel;
State of the Art Care
Full Circle V.E.T.
“Very Exciting Tidbits”
a newsletter with information important for pet owners
Dear Pet Owner,
Hello. I’m Rachel Mahoney, Office Manager here at Full Circle. Thank you for caring for your pet and reading our newsletter. We hope you will find valuable information that you can use for your pet and its needs.
At Full Circle Veterinary Carewe are committed to the human/animal bond through client and community education on animal care and health. Our focus is on the prevention of disease as well as the art of healing. We want to support you in all stages of owning a pet from helping you choose a lifelong companion to saying good-bye to a lifelong friend. In this way, together, we will come… Full Circle.
Member Better Business Bureau, Johnstown-Milliken Chamber of Commerce, Johnstown Milliken News, Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Weld County Veterinary Medical Association (WCVMA).
This special newsletter is dedicated to just cats. Read our articles below – they might help you with some ideas on dealing with your cat.
We are YOUR cat-friendly
Getting Your Cat To The Vet
Dog owners – If you have cats, we can help them, too.
Is transporting your cat to the veterinarian a real chore? Many cat owners think so. It can be especially difficult if you have multiple cats for their appointments. We can help!
We can always help get your cat from your car to the clinic. We know many carriers can be heavy. Call us from your parking space or come in and let us know you would like help. We can come get your cat for you.
We even provide pet pickup and delivery service and make house calls in the Johnstown and Milliken area.
We are YOUR cat-friendly veterinarian!
Read more about cat carriers.
If you have cats, chances are you already have a carrier of some sort. If not, there are many choices – traditional carriers like that pictured above, soft-sided carriers, carriers that can be opened from the top, etc., etc.
Here are the types of carriers available:
Homemade carrier from items you have at home. Some people transport their cats in an old cardboard box, a pillow case, or a laundry basket. These types of carriers are not safe for moving your cat around. Cats can easily escape or become injured if you are transporting them in items that are not specifically designed to be cat travel carriers.
Cardboard carrier. You will typically find this type of carrier at cat adoption facilities. They are often given to clients for transporting a newly-adopted cat home. While they are mostly acceptable for this limited, short-term use, cardboard boxes are not recommended as your regular, permanent carrier.
Soft-sided carrier. These types of carriers are usually made of nylon and are lightweight and easy to carry.
Hard-sided carrier. This type of carrier is usually made of plastic, and they are very sturdy and durable. They are easy to clean and should have a steel mesh door.
This is NOT a safe cat carrier.
Transporting Your Cat to the Vet
Here are some tips for taking your cat to the vet.
Cats are the most popular pet in the country, yet many miss out on regular veterinary visits because the trips can be difficult for human and feline alike.
While keeping cats indoors can help them lead a long and healthy life, regular preventive veterinary checkups are essential for the well-being of cats (or any pet), especially as they age and become more prone to muscle loss, diabetes, arthritis, thyroid issues and dental disease.
Here are some tips to make health-care visits less difficult for everyone involved.
1. Get your cat used to their carrier
Well before the day of the vet visit, try leaving the carrier out with the door open and a tasty treat inside. Make sure the carrier is large enough for your cat to move around comfortably. Put a blanket or soft towel in the bottom. Let them rest inside the carrier and then leave when they want to. Positive experiences with the carrier beforehand can help avert the notorious mad dash for a hiding spot whenever the carrier appears. Consider using a calming spray, such as Feliway® (which we sell) in the carrier at least 30 minutes before your trip to the vet.
2. Find a cat-friendly veterinarian
Full Circle Veterinary Care IS YOUR cat-friendly veterinarian!
Every Friday is “Feline Friday” at Full Circle.
Special Clients deserve a Special Day for all of us to say “Thank You” for your business!
Save 10% on Cat services for your feline every Friday.
3. Praise your cat for a job well done
Verbal praise, treats in the carrier and gentle stroking will help to reassure your cat that they are loved and safe and will survive this important and necessary trip.
4. Arrive at the veterinarian’s office with Questions
Before you leave for the vet, write down any questions or concerns that you may have about your cat’s health or behavior so you are ready make the most of your visit.
Is YOUR cat due for its annual exam?
How about the cost of cat care?
Did you know that preventive care and diagnosing a health problem early on can actually save you money? We have No Interest Payment Plans available. You might want to consider the convenience of a monthly payment plan. There is a program called CareCredit that is similar to your credit card. It is a convenient, low minimum monthly payment program to help you accept the best treatment recommendation for your pets. No annual fees and No Interest Payment Plans are available. Give us a call or stop by the clinic for more information.
Also, do you know about pet insurance? It’s becoming more popular to have insurance for your pet. Give us a call or stop by the clinic for more information.
Ten Things Every Cat Owner Should Know
No one adopts or purchases a cat with the hope that it will misbehave, destroy the house or hide under the bed. Whenever you enter into a relationship with a cat you have expectations about sharing a wonderful life together. So what goes wrong? Well, all-too-often we’re the ones who mess things up. We’re quick to blame the cat, but we don’t follow through on our part of the bargain. So here’s a little reminder list of ten things you shouldn’t forget:
1. Your Cat is a Social Creature
Cats benefit from companionship. There has been so much misinformation out there about cats being solitary animals. Cats hunt alone because they go after small prey but they benefit from being with other animals. New cat introductions are tricky because you have to take into account the cat’s territorial nature but if done right, you can provide a wonderful companion for your cat, in most cases.
2. Create an Appealing Litter Box Set-up
Pay attention to what your cat needs when it comes to the proper set-up. It’s not about what’s convenient for YOU, it’s about what’s convenient and appealing for your cat. The type of box, the type of litter, the location of the box and how often you clean it are all important factors in a successful litter box set-up.
3. Scratching is Normal
Cats have a natural need to scratch and it’s actually a very beneficial behavior physically and emotionally. Many new cat parents assume the behavior is just the way a cat sharpens his claws but it’s more complex than that. Take the time to learn about the importance of the behavior so you won’t be misled into having your cat declawed. Provide a tall, sturdy scratching post that’s covered in a rough texture and you’ll be well on your way to training your cat to scratch in appropriate places.
4. Environmental Atmosphere
Many behavior problems can be avoided if you increase your cats’ sensory stimulation. Cats have amazing senses, are natural hunters and thrive on stimulation in their surroundings. Your cats’ environment should involve opportunities to engage in interactive playtime, solo playtime, discovery, vertical territory, security and comfort. A cat who sleeps all day, rolls off the sofa to waddle into the kitchen for food and then waddles back to the sofa isn’t getting adequate stimulation.
5. Every Behavior Serves a Purpose
Whether you approve of a particular behavior or not, everything your cat does serves a function or else he wouldn’t repeat it. Cats don’t willfully misbehave out of spite, anger or stupidity. Your cat isn’t sitting around at night thinking of ways to irritate you. If you don’t like a behavior, figure out the reason why the cat feels the need to do it (in other words, what’s the pay-off) and then provide a better option. Look at behavior from a positive approach in order to set the cat up to succeed. This method of training will strengthen the bond you share with your cat and will help you better understand what he needs.
6. Be Consistent
Don’t send mixed messages when training and make sure everyone in the family is on the same page. A common mistake in training is that pet parents aren’t consistent so the cats never fully understand what is allowed and what isn’t.
7. Maintain Veterinary Care
All cats need regular veterinary care. Don’t assume a problem is behavioral without first having your cat checked by the veterinarian. Many behavior issues are actually the result of an underlying medical problem. Cats, regardless of whether they ever step one paw outside or not, should be seen for annual veterinary exams. Older cats should be seen at least twice a year.
Remember, Full Circle is YOUR cat-friendly veterinarian!
8. Pay Attention to What Your Cat is Communicating
Be aware of your cat’s body language and respect his distance-increasing requests. There are signals your cat gives off when he doesn’t want to be bothered and if you respect those, you’ll increase the bond of trust. Cats are masters of communication and they use their bodies to let others know whether they are in play mode, affection mode and leave me alone mode.
9. Don’t Allow Your Cat to Get Fat
A few extra pounds on a cat is the equivalent of about 40 pounds on a human. You may have believed that cats know how to self-regulate their food intake but considering the epidemic of cat obesity, that’s not an accurate statement. Your veterinarian can help you determine the proper amount your cat should be eating each day based on age, health, body type and activity level. Instructions on pet food labels are general guidelines so you have to take your cat’s particular condition into consideration. Obesity in cats can lead to arthritis, heart trouble and diabetes among other medical problems.
10. Play With Your Cat
Play with your cat every day. Cats are hunters so they were born to move. Whether your cat is an athletic youngster or a more sedentary senior, it will benefit from daily interactive play. Customize the play session to meet your cat’s physical limitations and abilities. Interactive playtime is good for both of you. It can help strengthen the bond, ease fear, help kitty develop a positive association with you and his environment and is just plain FUN!
June is Adopt-A-Cat Month
Each spring during “kitten season,” thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. That means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly newborns, in addition to all the mellow, older cats and everything in between. And the shelter staff are ready to help you adopt your very first cat – or to bring home a friend for another beloved cat!
CHECKLIST FOR ADOPTING A CAT
1. If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two. Find a cat whose personality compliments yours.
2. Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption.
3. Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before it comes home.
4. Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat.
5. Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives.
6. Cat-proof your home.
7. Go slowly when introducing your cat to new friends and family.
8. Be sure to include your new pet in your family’s emergency plan.
9. If you’re considering giving a cat as a gift, make sure the recipient is an active participant in the adoption process.
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Many Cats Hate Competition from Other Cats It could be the day-to-day hierarchy battles over food or privileges between two dominant cats. It could be jealousy that their human is paying too much attention to another cat. Or it could be an outside intruder trying to muscle in on their territory.
Information We Should Have For Your Pet
Have you ever wondered what information you should have before you bring your pet into the veterinarian? We have questions that can help your veterinarian provide the best care for your pet. Please contact us to make sure your pet’s information is up to date.
No Interest Payment Plans are Available!
You might want to consider the convenience of a monthly payment plan. There is a program called CareCredit that is similar to your credit card. It is a convenient, low minimum monthly payment program to help you accept the best treatment recommendation for your pets. No annual fees and No Interest Payment Plans are available. Give us a call or stop by the clinic for more information.
Do You Know About Pet Insurance?
It’s becoming more popular to have insurance for your pet. Give us a call or stop by the clinic for more information.
Please let us know if we can help you and your pet with our products and services.