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Catproofing Your Tree

Are you planning on putting up a tree this year? If so, you may be in for a bit of a ‘catastrophe,’ especially if you have a frisky feline. We can help! Read on for some tips from a Brandon, FL vet on catproofing your tree.

Purrfect Placement

Keep your kitty in mind when picking a spot for the tree. Avoid putting it too close to anything Fluffy could jump off, like a desk or chair.

Reinforcement

Another thing you can do is reinforce the tree. Use fishing line to secure the top of the tree to the wall or ceiling. That extra support may help keep the tree upright if your furball tries to climb it.

Go Artificial

You may want to consider getting an artificial tree. Not only are these much harder for Fluffy to climb, they’re also cheaper.

Distract The Furball

Why not give your pet some of her gifts early? Offer Fluffy some new toys, and play with her every day. The idea here is to tire your frisky feline out a bit, so she’s more interested in napping than making mischief. If you want to go all-out, buy or make your furry buddy a cat tower. That should satisfy her urge to climb things!

Decorate Wisely

Cats are more or less hardwired to bat at anything that dangles, especially if it’s shiny. Put the majority of your ornaments and decorations on the top part of the tree. (Note: tinsel, lights, ribbons, and ornament hooks are all hazardous to kitties, so keep these well out of paws’ reach.) Hang just a few unbreakable things on the bottom portion of the tree.

Training

There are some things you can do to make the tree less appealing to your furball. When Fluffy approaches the tree, make a loud noise or squirt her with water. This won’t hurt her, but it will probably annoy her, which may be enough to make her form a negative association with the tree. That may just do the trick!

Kitty Guards

You can now buy tree guards that are specifically designed to protect trees from kitties. Taste deterrents may also work. If all else fails, you can always try getting a puppy gate.

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Benefits of Playing With Your Cat

Cats are very playful little pets. They’re also extremely entertaining! Fluffy certainly is adorable when she’s jumping on a catnip mouse or running after that elusive red dot. Actually, playing with your pet regularly is one of the best things you can do for her. Here, a Brandon, FL vet lists some great reasons to play with your feline friend.

Exercise

As you may have noticed, cats get pretty lazy as they age. Fluffy can spend up to 20 hours a day snoozing. That makes it really easy for kitties to pack on extra pounds. However, cats can burn a lot of calories in a short time by running and jumping. Daily play sessions are a great way for your pet to get her daily workout in!

Stimulation

Although cats sometime enjoy doing absolutely nothing, they do still need entertainment and enrichment. Playing can help keep Fluffy from getting bored. It’s also great for her mind. Kitties have to really focus to time those pounces just right. That’s sort of like the feline version of doing a crossword puzzle.

Burn Excess Energy

Does Fluffy sometimes race around the house like a furry little rocket? Does she wake you up by pouncing on your toes in the middle of the night? Wear your feisty furball out with a fun game of Chase The Feather Toy or Catch The Red Dot. We all know what happens when cats get tired!

Bonding

Kitty playtime is a great way to bond with your pet. When you take time to hold a laser pointer or wand toy for Fluffy, she’ll know you’re making an effort to entertain her. This will in turn please your feline overlord, by making her feel loved and pampered.

Soothe Tensions

Do you have more than one cat? Dual play sessions can actually help Fluffy and Mittens become friends! Your kitties will learn to associate each other’s presence with something good.

It’s Fun!

Kitties take hunting very seriously, but that doesn’t mean they don’t look silly when they are doing that pre-pounce butt wiggle or attacking a tiny stuffed mouse. It’s almost impossible not to smile at some of Fluffy’s playful antics. This is a great way to relax after a long day!

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Happy, Healthy Cat Month

September is a big month here in the world of veterinary care medicine. It’s Happy, Healthy Cat Month! Of course, we want our feline friends to be happy and healthy all the time. That’s why we’re so dedicated to offering great veterinary care. Read on as a Brandon, FL vet offers some tips on keeping your furry pal content and purring.

Good Food

Make sure Fluffy is eating a good, high-quality cat food. You don’t want to overfeed your fuzzy friend, however: if your kitty becomes obese, she’ll face some very dangerous health problems. Follow your vet’s advice, including portion sizes and suitable snacks.

Clean Litterbox

Cats like their litterboxes nice and clean, and who can blame them? Scoop Fluffy’s litterbox out daily, and change the litter every week.

Beds

You’ve probably noticed that cats are pretty tired. We’re not sure why Fluffy is so drowsy, but we do know that she will spend about two-thirds of her life snoozing. Make sure that your sleepy pet has lots of comfy beds to look adorable in.

Toys/Playtime

Even the sleepiest kitty can’t spend all of her time snoozing. Your furball will need something to do when she’s awake. Fluffy’s napping obsession also makes it very easy for her to get out of shape. Spend a few minutes a day holding a wand toy or laser pointer for your kitty to chase. This will be good for your cat both physically and mentally. It will also help her feel safe and loved.

Keep Kitty In

We strongly recommend keeping cats inside. Fluffy will be both healthier and safer as an indoor pet!

Stimulation

Did you know that cats can and do get bored? While playing is great, your cute pet can only spend so much time batting at catnip mice. Offer her a comfy window seat with a good view, and leave a radio on for her.

Veterinary Care

It’s probably safe to say that most of our feline patients would opt out of their appointments if they could. We know, Fluffy would rather try out a new napping position than visit us. However, coming to see us is definitely in her best interests! Keep up with your vet’s recommended appointment schedule.

Please reach out to us, your Brandon, FL vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are dedicated to offering the best care ever.

7 Reasons Cats Are So Sleepy

Is your cat sleeping right now? There’s a good chance that the answer to that question is yes. And if Fluffy is actually awake, she probably won’t stay that way for long. Why are our feline friends so drowsy? Is being adorable really that exhausting? A Brandon, FL vet lists some reasons why kitties are so tired in this article.

Age

Kittens are both adorable and tired. Actually, there is a reason that baby cats sleep so much. Feline growth hormones are released during kitty sleep cycles. All those naps help little Fluffy grow from a tiny furball into a healthy, happy adult cat! Then, by the time Fluffy is a senior, she’ll be a napping expert, capable of sleeping up to 20 hours a day. That’s pretty impressive!

Preventing Overheating

Overheating can be very dangerous for cats. They only sweat through their paws, and panting isn’t very efficient for them. Kitties probably learned to take it easy, especially after exerting themselves. That said, we suspect our feline pals may be overcompensating a bit. Fluffy probably doesn’t need to recuperate with a nap every time she walks through the kitchen.

Official Kitty Schedule

Cats definitely play by their own rules. They do, however, seem to have some very strict codes for certain things … like naps. Kitties are very diligent about taking their morning, mid-morning, noon, afternoon, and evening naps!

Cuddles

Many kitties love cuddling with their humans in bed. Purring cats make great sleep aids! Fluffy may nap while you’re at work, but she’ll still want to snuggle up with you when you hit the sack. In fact, your pet will adjust her sleep schedule to match yours.

Boredom

Kitties may sleep more when they aren’t getting enough stimulation or entertainment. Make sure Fluffy has lots of toys to play with!

Weather

Have you ever noticed that dreary days make you drowsy? This applies to kitties too! Fluffy sleeps even more than usual in bad weather.

Dozing

Most of the time, when Fluffy is snoozing, she isn’t sound asleep, but is still processing sounds and stimuli. This is why you’ll likely see her ears move if you call her name. In the wild, this helps cats know when there are predators or prey around.

Does your sleepy pet need an exam, vaccinations, or parasite control? Contact us, your Brandon, FL vet clinic, today!

Keeping An Indoor Cat Entertained

Do you keep your cat indoors? If so, that’s great! Fluffy is both happier and healthier staying inside, where she’s protected from weather, cars, gators, and other hazards. However, indoor cats do need entertainment and stimulation to stay happy. Believe it or not, kitties can get bored! A Valrico, FL vet discusses keeping your furball amused in this article.

Toys

Playing benefits cats in several ways. First and foremost, pouncing on that catnip mouse or chasing that laser pointer around is great for Fluffy physically. Even a few minutes of play can keep your frisky pet strong and healthy! Offer your furry friend lots of fun toys, and play with her regularly.

Catio

If you have an enclosed porch or patio, or even a sunroom, consider making it into a catio. Set out some pet-safe plants for your feline pal to nibble on and hide behind. This will give Fluffy a taste of nature, and offer her some mental stimulation. You can find a complete list of nontoxic plants listed online at the ASPCA website.

Purrniture

Cats love to explore small spaces. Get Fluffy some pieces of kitty furniture to lounge around on. Cat towers are great, because they provide kitties with napping spots, lookout points, nail care stations, and jungle gyms, all in one. Your feline buddy will also approve of pet tents or tipis. Of course, your pet may be thrilled with a cardboard box or two.

Vertical Space

Kitties don’t have much of a view from ground level, so they have to climb to high vantage points to properly survey their kingdom and humans. Give Fluffy some vertical space. Cat towers, as mentioned above, are great. You can also give your furry pal some wall-mounted furniture, or even a catwalk.

Stimulation

Make sure that Fluffy has at least one comfy spot before a window with a good view. If possible, put a birdfeeder up in your feline friend’s line of sight. Kitties love spying on local wildlife! It’s also good to keep a radio or TV on for your pet when she is home alone. The music and voices will help keep her from feeling lonely. You can even offer your furball DVDs made just for cats!

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Valrico, FL pet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re always here to help!