Cats

Environmental Enrichment for Indoor Cats

While cats confined to an indoor environment generally live longer and are at less risk for contracting infectious diseases or injuries due to trauma, they are at greater risk for a variety of behavioral problems. These problems include urinating and defecating outside the litter box, anxiety, eating disorders, attention seeking, aggression, self-injury and compulsive disorders like excessive grooming and scratching.

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Kitten Care

    Getting a new kitten is a very special experience with lots of joy, warmth and laughter. There is a reason why the internet is so full of kitten and cat pictures and videos. Kittens are super fun, loving and entertaining. Kitten care does involve some amount of hands-on attention from human family members. The focus of kitten care is on acclimating the kitten to its new family, and providing for the kitten's physical well being to support healthy development.

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What Blood Tests Can Tell You About Your Cat's Health

When Will A Veterinarian Order Blood Tests For Cats

Sometimes in the case of an eye or ear infection, your feline friend's medical condition affords a veterinarian the opportunity for a relatively straightforward diagnosis. However, other cases warrant further examination. In such a case, your veterinarian will order feline blood tests to aid in his or her investigation. The following situations can result in the need for blood tests for cats:

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Veterinary Services For Cats

The arrival of a new kitten is enjoyable and exciting. Some planning and having the correct information can make the experience go smoothly. When your new kitten is introduced to your home, make it a gradual introduction, and always supervised. It probably is a good idea to confine the kitten to one large room with easy access to a litter pan, along with kitten food and water. This will give the kitten an opportunity to become acquainted with you and its new surroundings. Always spend a lot of time holding the kitten, and especially spend a lot of time playing with it.

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Everything You Should Know About Microchipping Cats

What Are Microchip IDs, And Why Does My Cat Need One?

At Rutherford and Little Falls Veterinary Hospital, we understand that the bond you and your beloved feline friend share is invaluable and irreplaceable. We also understand that by nature, cats are roaming creatures and therefore run the risk of wandering too far from home, or just accidentally losing their way. In fact, a staggering number of cats are lost in the shelter system each year because they lack any means to identify them with. This is why we are happy to offer cat microchip identification services.

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Preventing And Treating Heartworms In Cats

At Rutherford and Little Falls Veterinary Hospitals, our highly experienced team of veterinarians and veterinary support staff have been helping educate our clients and win the fight against heartworms in cats since 1985. The importance of heartworm prevention for cats cannot be overstated. Once a cat has contracted heartworms, it cannot be cured.

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Declawing Cats: Examining the Pros, Cons and Alternatives

A part of normal cat behavior is their instinctive need to scratch on surfaces to remove excess claw material and keep the nails clean and in good shape. Cats obviously enjoy this behavior and certainly are not aware that their behavior may be seen as destructive to their owners. Unfortunately while your cat is happily clawing on your favorite chenille chair furniture, you may be grimacing and very unhappy with one of your favorite family members.

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