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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.

6 Reasons To Brush Your Cat

One thing we love about cats is the fact that they are such clean pets. You don’t have to walk or bathe your feline friend, and she (hopefully) won’t slobber all over you. However, even though Fluffy is very self-sufficient, she will still benefit from being brushed regularly. A local Brandon, FL vet tells you why in this article.

Less Shedding

Fluffy has very pretty fur, but it looks better on her than it does on you, or on your sofa, for that matter. The more hair you grab with a brush, the less you’ll find stuck to your clothes and belongings.

Reduce Hairballs

We probably don’t have to tell you that hairballs are not the best part of having a kitty. They aren’t any more fun for Fluffy than they are for you. When you brush your feline companions, you’ll be capturing that dead fur in a brush before she can swallow it. This translates into less hairballs.

Health Check

Cats can’t tell us if something is wrong. In fact, Fluffy often tries to hide signs of illness or injury. When you brush your furry friend, take time to inspect her. You’ll want to check for cuts and injuries, as well as bruising, swelling, or sore spots.

Remove Mats

This one mostly applies to longhaired cats. Fluffy kitties are absolutely adorable, but they usually need some help with their grooming needs. Your cute pet may get tangles, especially under her arms and around her bottom. These can get quite uncomfortable! Brushing is a great way to keep your furry little buddy’s fur free of knots and tangles.

Keeping Kitty Comfortable

Dead fur can actually interfere with the natural insulating properties of your furry friend’s pretty coat. By removing it, you’ll be helping your feline pal stay cooler in summer and warmer in cool weather.

Bonding Time

Brushing Fluffy is also a great way to make sure she feels loved and pampered. Many cats actually enjoy being groomed! Just be sure to choose a time when your pet is feeling relaxed and a bit cuddly. Talk to your cat as you brush her, and offer her compliments and ear scritches. Don’t be surprised if your feline buddy starts her little motor!

As your local Brandon, FL pet clinic, we are dedicated to keeping your beloved pet healthy. Please feel free to contact us anytime.

Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day

If you have a kitty, you may want to put a pawprint on your calendar for January 22nd: It’s Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day! Our feline buddies are known for being a bit curious, if not downright nosy. A Brandon, FL vet lists some of Fluffy’s most pressing questions in this article.

Why Does The Sunbeam Move?

Does your kitty like to sprawl out in the sun for her naps? Fluffy may move around from spot to spot as the sun changes position. Your furry buddy may want to know why she has to keep moving!

What’s Wrong With The Dog?

Dogs are great pets, but they don’t make a lot of sense to cats. Fido doesn’t know how to use a litterbox, enjoys car rides, does what the humans tell him, and hates baths. This must all be very confusing to Fluffy!

Why Won’t You Let Me-Owt?

Cats are much safer staying indoors, where they are protected from things like predators, bad weather, other kitties, cars, and other hazards. However, Fluffy isn’t purrticularly concerned about these things: she just wants to explore.

Why Don’t You Let Me Help?

Our feline friends really do appreciate the love and care we give them. Fluffy may try to repay you by ‘assisting’ you with things like folding laundry, doing the sheets, or balancing your checkbook. Of course, your furball probably isn’t actually very helpful, but it’s the thought that counts, right?

Why Are You Ignoring Me?

Fluffy may very well ignore you when you’re watching TV, then meow for attention when you’re trying to do something. Your feline overlord may want to know what could ever be more important than petting her.

Why Can’t I Play With That?

Your cute little house pet is a fierce predator at heart. To Fluffy, a bottle cap may seem like a worthy adversary. It’s definitely in your furball’s best interests for you to take potentially-dangerous items away from her, but she may not see it that way.

Why Do I Have To Visit The Vet?

Fluffy may not understand the point of vaccinations, exams, parasite control, or other aspects of veterinary care. However, she’ll both look and feel better with proper veterinary care!

That may take care of Fluffy’s questions, but do you have any questions about your cat’s health or care? Call us, your Brandon, FL veterinary clinic, today!

Tips for Creating a Catio

Do you keep your feline friend indoors? If so, that’s great! Fluffy may think she’s invincible, but she’s actually pretty small, and is very vulnerable in the great outdoors. Cars, weather, other kitties, gators, and heat can all endanger outdoor cats. However, there’s no reason your pet can’t enjoy a taste of nature. Read on as a local Valrico, FL vet offers tips on setting up a catio.

Picking The Spot

A screened in porch or patio is a purrfect spot for a catio. If you don’t want to let the A/C out, put a cat door in for your pet. You can also use a spare bedroom or even just a quiet corner.

Plants

Our feline pals love to nibble on and hide behind green plants. Set out some pet-safe plants for your furball. Some good options are Boston ferns, Money tree plants, Spider plants, Rubber trees, and African violets. Certain palms, such as Areca palms and Ponytail palms, are also fine, as are some succulents. You can also grow fresh herbs, such as thyme, sage, and parsley. Catnip is, of course, a must. Plant small containers of it for your kitty. If you really want to spoil your four-legged companion, plant a living mat of cat grass in a storage tote, and give Fluffy her own little lawn. You can find a full list of both toxic and nontoxic plants online at the ASPCA website here.

Purrniture

A catio is a great spot for a cat tower! If possible, position it so that it faces a yard or field, and then set a birdfeeder in Fluffy’s line of sight. Your feline buddy will also appreciate cat walks, kitty condos, and, of course, cardboard boxes. Set out some things for yourself as well. This may very well end up being your favorite coffee spot or reading nook!

Toys

Playing isn’t just fun for Fluffy: it’s also very good for her, both physically and mentally. Offer your feline companion lots of fun toys to smack around. Catnip mice and small balls will always be popular with our furry pals, but you can also get your frisky pet more modern toys, like catnip bubbles, robotic mice, automated laser pointers, or remote-controlled “swimming” fish.

Please reach out to us, your local Valrico, FL vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

Simple Ways to Fight Fleas and Ticks

You may have heard quite a bit about ticks in the news lately. In recent years, there has been a huge spike in tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Ticks can even cause people to become allergic to meat! Fleas are also a nuisance and a health hazard. These parasites can carry diseases that affect both people and pets, so protecting your pet from them is very important. A Valrico, FL vet offers advice on fighting fleas and ticks in this article.

Parasite Control

The best way to keep fleas and ticks away is to simply keep up with your pet’s parasite control regime. You can choose from a variety of products, including sprays, topical drops, shampoos, and collars. Just be sure to follow the package directions carefully. Ask your vet for advice.

Vacuuming

Your vacuum cleaner is a great weapon in the war against fleas and ticks. Do your pet’s favorite hangout spots and high-traffic areas daily, and vacuum more thoroughly once a week. When you finish, immediately empty the canister into a plastic bag. Then, seal the bag and dispose of it outdoors. You’ll also need to vacuum your upholstery and vehicles.

Landscaping

Fleas love to lurk in tall grasses. Keeping your lawn neatly mowed will help control infestations. Be sure to remove debris, such as fallen branches and dead plants. These things make very inviting tick habitats. If you have hedges, trim them back so they aren’t touching the walls of your house. This can give fleas and ticks a bridge into your home! Also, don’t put birdfeeders too close to the house. Wild birds often carry ticks or fleas. If you have a garden and/or fruit trees, pick up fallen produce regularly. It can attract rats, opossums, and other animals, which may be carrying fleas.

Housekeeping

Keeping your house clean will help keep unwanted visitors out. Piles of clothes make inviting nests, so keep laundry off the floor. Cleaning your windowsills and baseboards regularly will also help. If you’re fighting an infestation, wash or iron your pet’s bedding weekly. You can also sprinkle food-grade diatomaceous earth on your doorjambs and windowsills. It’s safe for people and pets, but deadly to insects.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Please contact us, your Valrico, FL pet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!