Lilies

Cat owners should pay special attention to these common household items as they can be poisonous (and deadly) to your feline pets.

(It is a standard recommendation to call poison control for their advice.This will help direct our treatment and provide the most effective and rapid care for your pet.)

Lilies and Various Plants

  • Especially Asiatic, Japanese, and Easter lilies — do not bring these into the house!
    • Can cause permanent kidney damage within HOURS.
    • Caused by ingestion of any part of the leaf, stamen, pollen, flower, or drinking water with cut lilies in it.
    • Calla and Peace lilies are OK.

Antifreeze

  • Causes permanent kidney failure, cannot be processed.
  • Even one lick is toxic.

Adult Cat with Green EyesOnce your cat has reached the age of seven, it is considered a senior pet. We hope that you have many healthy and happy years together, and we strive to be there at each step of the way. Below are basic guidelines for what to look out for as your feline pet becomes older. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us.

Changes in Senior Cats

As pets advance in age, they can develop health issues related to the internal organs — kidneys, thyroid, urinary tract, endocrine system (e.g., diabetes, Cushings disease), neurological systems, vision changes, and other conditions such as arthritis. We recommend exams every 6 months as well as blood work and a blood pressure to detect health problems before they start to cause medical problems. Sometimes additional tests — such as x-rays, ultrasound, or further diagnostic testing — may be necessary to investigate your pet's health issues.

kitten in a towelCongratulations on your new kitten!

We hope that you have many healthy and happy years together, and we strive to be there at each stage of your cat's life. Below are tips on caring for your new kitten during its the first year of life. (Please feel free to call us if you have any questions.)

Deworming Your Cat

Kittens often pick up parasites from their mother, the pet shelter, or their outdoor environment. We recommend deworming new kittens multiple times and outdoor cats every 3-4 months. Your cat's parasites can be passed to you! Always wash your hands after playing with cats or cleaning the litterbox/handling fecal matter. Here are a few recommended deworming products:

Cats dislike change and they can be territorial, which makes it challenging to introduce new pets into a household with a cat. However, there are benefits to a multi-cat household (such as companionship and mental stimulation). Here are some best practices to help ease the transition of integrating a new feline pet into your family.

Two feline friends in the grassDays 1-5:

  • Keep both cats in separate rooms and allow them to smell and sense each other. 
  • Can use a blanket/towel to transfer scents — rub the towel on one pet and let the other sniff it.
  • Praise each cat for positive interactions (i.e., not hissing, remaining calm, sniffing, showing curiosity). Once both cats seem comfortable (i.e., "chirping," playing with each other's paws under the door, not hissing), you can think about the next step. 
  • Monitor for signs of sneezing, coughing, respiratory congestion, nasal discharge, poor appetite, etc., which can be signs of an upper respiratory infection. 

Cat in front of red barnMany cat owners have difficulties getting their cats into the carrier! Here are some helpful tips to make transporting your kitty a little easier.

Get Your Cat Used To the Carrier 

  • Leave the carrier out in the open several days before your visit.
  • Spray the inside of the carrier with Feliway, sprinkle catnip in the carrier, and/or leave tasty treats in the carrier. This will entice your cat to explore the carrier and will help associate the carrier with good things.
  • Leave a soft blanket, towel or cushion in the carrier.
  • It is important not to scare your pet with loud noises or quick movements while it is near the carrier.
  • Tie the carrier door open or take the door off completely to avoid the possibility of your cat being scared by the door swinging shut.
  • Consider leaving the carrier out all the time as a place for your kitty to sleep.