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Posts in Category: The Cat’s Meow

Tips on Treating and Preventing Pancreatitis in Cats

pet cat sitting by window.

Your cat’s pancreas is a busy little organ. It produces valuable digestive enzymes and critical hormones like insulin. Unfortunately, it can become inflamed, which results in a condition known as cat pancreatitis. This inflammation can be sudden (acute) or ongoing (chronic). 

Acute pancreatitis comes on abruptly, but with rapid, often aggressive, treatment, acute pancreatitis can be reversed and results in little-to-no permanent damage to a cat’s pancreas.

Cats with chronic pancreatitis, on the other hand, will experience ongoing inflammation and, most likely, irreversible damage. 

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How to Teach Your Cat Tricks

owner teaching pet cat tricks

Cats have a reputation for being independent, aloof, and flat-out disapproving, so it might surprise you to learn that you can teach your favorite feline a few simple tricks! 

Cat Training Benefits

At Town & Country Animal Hospital, we know how valuable the bond is between humans and pets. Working closely with your cat on a handful of commands can be an enriching, mutually rewarding experience

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How to Prevent Car Sickness in Your Pet

Dog in car.

Many animals are able to enjoy a car ride without experiencing the sensation known as motion sickness. However, this is not the case for all animals, and traveling by car may be a necessary part of a pet’s life. So what can pet owners do to help prevent their beloved animal companion from feeling car sick? 

Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to help protect your pet from motion sickness and the fear often associated with car rides. The team at Town & Country Animal Hospital has put together some tips to prevent car sickness in your pet and promote car ride safety: 

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The Itchiest Issue: Skin Problems in Pets

Dog with skin problem scratching her chin.

It is hard to watch your best furry friend chronically scratch and bite at the skin. Skin problems in pets, though, are a common occurrence often caused by untreated allergies. Other diseases contribute to skin issues in dogs and cats, as well as dehydration and diet. 

To uncover the conditions that cause skin problems, your friends at Town and Country Animal Hospital are here to help.

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Ten Things Cats Hate

All cat owners know their feline friends are…particular. While it’s not possible to cater to your cat’s every whim, working to create an environment where they feel happy and comfortable benefits everyone in the household. Not only do happy cats have less behavior problems (aggression, hiding, or eliminating outside the litter box) they make better companions overall. 

At Town & Country Animal Hospital we know cats. Although every pet is an individual, we feel confident that our list of the top ten things cats hate will hit the mark for the majority of our feline friends.

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Feline Colonization: Do Feral Cats Need Help or Are They Self-Sufficient?

Owners of pet cats generally know enough about feral cats to be a little… concerned. They seem to congregate in certain spots, spread disease, share parasites, reproduce with abandon, and fight (among themselves and with anyone that encroaches on their turf). 

Owners of indoor-outdoor cats may feel that neighborhood strays or feral cat colonies threaten the safety and health of their pets. But while feral cats are extremely wary of humans, that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t need our help.

Changing Tide

Previously, cities and towns used to organize and manage animal control programs that simply trapped and euthanized feral cats. However, a more progressive approach to these colonies has gained traction in the last few years. 

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Feline Weight Loss Tips In Time for the New Year

An indoor cat has fewer opportunities to hunt, prowl, explore, climb and run. Add to their general sedentary lifestyle an overabundance of food, and you have a recipe for weight gain. This imbalance of calories in, but not expended, can lead to inflammation, diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, cancer, and a lower quality of life. 

The prevalence of obesity in indoor cats is growing. With our feline weight loss tips, cat owners can prevent this from happening and work towards reversing problematic patterns.

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Cat Tails: More Than Meets the Eye

A short-hair, stripped cat with a curled tail, raises a skeptical eye

The feline species comes equipped with some pretty phenomenal capabilities. They can jump up to six times their length, have the largest eyes of any mammal relative to their head size, and have two times as many neurons in the cerebral cortex than dogs. What’s more, they use their whiskers to feel their world around them, and among their 230 bones, the collarbone isn’t connected to other bones, allowing them to squeeze into – and out of – tight spots. 

Cat tails are another aspect of a cat’s incredible anatomy. Their tails help them balance when walking narrow ledges or jumping to high spots, but they are also employed to communicate some of their deepest feelings.

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Making Biscuits: Why Do Cats Knead?

If you have a feline lap warmer, chances are you’ve also experienced the added bonus of a kitty massage known as “kneading”. The term was presumably coined due to its likeness to kneading bread. And even though your cat is not truly making biscuits, the question still remains: why do cats knead? 

Town and Country Animal Hospital loves cats as much as you do, so we were eager to answer this age old question. 

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What You Always Wanted to Know About Cat Whiskers

When it comes to cats, you could easily say that sleek design meets high function in virtually every way. Whether it’s their hunting prowess or super self defense capabilities, playtime antics to serious snuggle time, cats know what they want and have the power and drive to get it.

Of course, their distinctly developed anatomy has a lot to do with the beautiful, graceful antics we associate with cats. Springy back legs, excellent hearing, and sharp eyesight notwithstanding, cat whiskers are responsible for helping felines communicate, navigate the dark and figure out small spaces.

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