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Raising a Friendly Kitten

Have you recently adopted a kitten? Congratulations! Little Fluffy will waste no time in gaining control of your household. Our feline overlords certainly have a way of melting our hearts … and getting us to completely spoil them. While there’s nothing wrong with pampering your adorable pet, you still need to teach your little ball of fur some manners. Read on as a Downey, CA vet offers some helpful tips on raising a polite kitty.

Playtime Petiquette

Kittens, as we all know, are basically tiny little predators in adorable packages. Your furball will be very focused on sorting out how all of those teeth and claws are supposed to work. She may try to practice on you. This is adorable now, while your pet is tiny, but it’s best to nip that habit in the bud. It won’t be cute or charming in a full-grown cat! Don’t tempt Fluffy to pounce on your toes or fingers. When you play with her, use playthings that you can control, like wand toys.

Just Say No

While no one is sure how much human language cats understand, it’s probably safe to say that Fluffy can learn a few simple phrases, such as ‘Get down from there’ and ‘What are you doing in there?’ If your kitty scratches you, tell her to ‘Play nice’ or ‘Put your claws away.’ Say this in a disapproving tone, and then immediately walk away and ignore her for a while. Just be sure to use the same phrase each time.

Socialization

Part of little Fluffy’s socialization entails introducing her to new people, so she develops an open mind. Have some people come over to pet and play with your kitten, and give her treats and cuddles.

Cuddles and Love

Providing your pint-sized pet with comfy beds, good food, a clean litterbox, and proper veterinary care will help keep her happy and healthy. It’s also important to spend a lot of time with your kitten, and make sure she feels loved and safe. Talk to her, pet her, handle her claws, and brush her gently, so she gets used to being handled. Also, let little Fluffy doze off in your arms or on your lap. There are few things more precious than purring kittens!

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Cat Towers 101

Does your kitty have a cat tower? If so, that’s great! Fluffy may not be shy about taking a nap on your bed or sofa, but it’s good for her to have something that fits her specific needs. Read on as a Norwalk, CA vet discusses cat towers.

Benefits of Cat Towers

Cat towers are great for our feline pals for several reasons. You may have noticed that many kitties like heights. Fluffy doesn’t have a great view of her kingdom from floor level, so she often tries to seek out better vantage points. In the wild, this usually means climbing trees. Cat towers are a great substitution! They also give your kitty a napping spot, manicure station, and a jungle gym. They also keep cats active, by encouraging them to jump and climb.

Placing The Cat Tower

Choosing the right spot for your cat tower is quite important. If possible, position it before a window with a good view. This will allow Fluffy to combine three of her favorite activities: sleeping, sunbathing, and birdwatching!

Choosing A Cat Tower

There are some things to keep in mind when choosing cat towers. How many kitties you have is one thing to consider. If you have more than one feline, you’ll want to choose a piece that will fit all of your pets at once. Fluffy’s age is another factor. Kittens usually love fun activity centers with lots of toys. Older cats, however, may prefer something with the lower level close to the ground, so they don’t have to climb as far. Purrsonality is also a factor. If you have a scaredy-cat, choose a tower that offers enclosed spaces for her to hide in. If your furball loves heights, get a really tall one.

Rekindling Kitty’s Interest

Sometimes cats lose interest in their furniture. If Fluffy doesn’t seem very interested in her cat tower anymore, try to make it more appealing to her. First and foremost, give it a good cleaning. Vacuuming is good, but if you have a steam cleaner with an attachment, use that. If the covering is really worn out, you may just want to replace it. Moving the tower to another spot may also help. You can also try sprinkling catnip around it.

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Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day

Did you know that there’s a special kitty holiday coming up? January 22nd is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day! Kitties are very inquisitive by nature, so it’s no wonder that there’s now a day dedicated to their nosy streak. A Norwalk, CA vet lists some things we suspect our feline patients would be curious about in this article.

Where Are My Toys?

Making sure your furball has lots of fun toys to pounce on is very important for both her physical and mental health. However, Fluffy does have a habit of immediately pushing said toys under the couch. You may find a small mountain of catnip mice under the sofa when you move it!

Why Can’t I Sit There?

Cats live by their own rules. We’re pretty sure that they left the concept of boundaries out of the guidebook. You may find Fluffy sitting on your computer, or relaxing on the table. If you move your precocious pet, you may very well get an adorable meow of protest!

Where Do You Go?

Cats have a reputation for being independent, but they do get extremely attached to their owners. Fluffy can feel lonely, sad, or anxious when left by herself. Make your kitty’s alone time easier for her by leaving out lots of toys for her to play with. A good window seat will help as well. Our feline friends can spend hours just watching birds and squirrels! You may also want to leave a light on, and keep a radio or TV playing.

Why Do You Make Me Go In The Car?

Taking Fluffy to the vet regularly is very important. However, she may be less than thrilled about her appointments, particularly the car ride part. To make the trip a little easier on your kitty, put soft bedding in her carrier, and put some toys in it. Keep a window cracked for air flow, and play something soft on the radio.

Why Did My Calculations Fail?

Some kitties are lithe and graceful, capable of performing amazing gymnastics. Others? Not so much. If your furball is a bit clutzy, she may not really understand why she keeps missing her jumps or falling off the couch.

That covers Fluffy’s questions, but what about yours? Please contact us with any questions about your cat’s health or care. As your Norwalk, CA, vet clinic, we’re happy to help!

Signs of Sickness in Cats

Cats are certainly mysterious little furballs. We may never entirely figure out Fluffy’s box obsession, or learn why she is so sleepy. Kitties are also quite secretive when they don’t feel well. In fact, they often try to hide signs of illness. This is because, in the wild, predators pay very close attention to animals that are weak or sick. It’s important to pay close attention to your cat, and watch for signs of illness. Otherwise you may not notice she is sick until she’s quite ill. Here, a Downey, CA vet lists some signs of sickness in cats.

Hiding

Cats love to explore nooks and crannies. It really isn’t unusual for Fluffy to take a nap under the bed. However, if your kitty doesn’t want to leave her hiding spot, she could be sick.

Poor Grooming

Fluffy is usually very dedicated to her beauty regime, and will spend hours each day carefully grooming herself. If your kitty isn’t feeling well, she may not be up to her usual regimen. It won’t take long for her fur to show the neglect.

Tummy Trouble

The occasional hairball is, unfortunately, more or less par for the course with cats. However, frequent or violent vomiting is a sign that something is wrong. Diarrhea and constipation are also red flags.

Uncharacteristic Behavior

Kitties all have their own purrsonalities. Some are friendly and calm, while others are more reserved. Sudden changes in the way your cat acts or meows can be a sign that she is sick. For example, a kitty that is usually aloof, but suddenly starts demanding attention, may be ill.

Litterbox Issues

Litterbox trouble is another sign of illness in cats. If you see your furball straining, call your vet immediately: this is a serious red flag!

Respiratory Issues

Coughing, wheezing, and gasping can all be indications of sickness in kitties. The occasional sneeze may not be anything to worry about, but constant sneezing is sign that something is wrong.

Change In Appetite

Fluffy can be a bit of a picky eater, but even if she doesn’t like what you put in her bowl, she should meow to demand something else. A furball that is not interested in food may be ill.

Please feel free to contact us, your local Downey, CA pet hospital, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

Cat World Domination Day

There’s a special kitty holiday coming up: June 24th is Cat World Domination Day! Are our feline friends plotting to take over the world? What will happen if they do? In this article, a local Norwalk, CA vet discusses Fluffy’s plans below.

The Evidence

As it turns out, Fluffy may have been plotting against us all along. We do know that our feline buddies managed to convince the ancient Egyptians to treat them as deities. Plus, scientists now suspect that kitties may have started meowing just to manipulate us. Adult cats rarely talk to one another, but instead communicate by body language and facial expression. Apparently, it didn’t take these little furballs long to realize that making sounds that remind us of babies’ cries is a great way to get us to feed them and offer them soft beds and ear scritches. Last but not least, cats have managed to take over huge chunks of the internet.

Kitty Takeover Plans

How would Fluffy go about taking over the world? She may cut our communications by sitting on our computers or knocking our phones off tables. Or, our furry pals may just use sleep deprivation to wear us down, by batting our toes and jumping on our chests as we are trying to rest. Then again, kitties may just charm us into giving up control. Those furry faces are hard to resist!

Fluffy’s Final Plans

What would happen if cats actually did take over? Well, given that our feline overlords would probably sleep even more than they do now, probably not much. However, Fluffy may very well have some demands for us. She may expect cat towers in every room; catnip gardens (with stocked fishponds) in every yard; daily play sessions; and never-ending supplies of catnip mice, tuna, and cat milk. We also wouldn’t be terribly surprised if Fido was suddenly banished to the doghouse … literally.

Keeping Kitty Content

Is there any way to stop cats from going through with this plan? Well, we do know that Fluffy is susceptible to bribery. Keep your furry buddy content by offering her great food, lots of toys and beds, plenty of attention, and, of course, proper veterinary care. Our feline pals may become so comfortable they forget about taking over the world!

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