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Take Your Cat to Work Day

Did you know that there’s a super cute kitty holiday coming up? June 22nd is Take Your Cat To Work Day! Is bringing your cat in to your job really a good idea? Well, this would very much depend on where you work. Fluffy may be a welcome addition to a bookstore or yoga studio. A factory or restaurant? Not so much. A Downey, CA vet discusses some pros and cons below.

Benefits

Taking your cat to work is a pretty tempting prospect for many of us. Who wouldn’t like being able to enjoy kitty cuddles throughout the day? Fluffy may also charm some of your customers, and might be a great advocate to have with you if it’s time to ask for a raise. (It is hard to resist that furry face, after all.) Your pet may also help keep everyone calm and happy.

Downsides

On the other hand, there are also some fairly compelling reasons to leave Fluffy at home. First and foremost, most of our feline patients would be more than happy to skip the car ride. There’s also the issue of a litterbox. Where do you put Fluffy’s powder room? If those weren’t reasons enough, you may also have to worry about your frisky pet smacking things off people’s desks, attacking your co-worker’s shoelaces, eating office plants, and, of course, stealing chairs.

What If Fluffy Was In Charge?

Take Your Cat to Work Day just happens to fall right before Cat World Domination Day, which is June 24th. What if you could combine the two, and put Fluffy in charge? Well, we suspect that there would be a few drastic policy changes implemented immediately. You might be required to keep toys, treats, and catnip at your station. Fluffy may also demand several nap and cuddle breaks daily.

Alternative: Taking Your Work To Your Cat

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, many more people have been working from home. This could be a purrfect option for Fluffy! After all, your furball already has quite a few duties of her own to keep up with. These include things like looking cute, judging you, leaving fur on your belongings, soaking up excess sunlight, and pouncing on moths and dust bunnies. That’s a pretty hefty duty list!

Please reach out to us, your local Downey, CA vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

6 Ways To Tell If Your Cat Is Healthy

September is Happy, Healthy Cat Month! While Fluffy should be happy and healthy all year, this is a great time to pay her a little extra attention. Actually, it’s not always easy to tell if a cat isn’t feeling well. Our feline friends can be tough to read! In this article, a Downey, CA vet lists some signs that your kitty is in good health.

Clean Bill Of Health

First things first: the best way to find out for sure if your feline pal is healthy is to keep up with her veterinary appointments. Regular exams will help your vet keep a close eye on your cute pet’s health. This also makes it more likely that any developing issues will be caught—and therefore treated—early on, which can be extremely beneficial.

Appearance

Fluffy should have clear, bright eyes, and her fur should be soft, clean, and flea-free. Ideally, she should be neither overweight nor underweight. You also shouldn’t see any discharge from her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Purrsonality

Kitties are known for being frisky and playful. If Fluffy just can’t resist chasing that little red dot or batting at that wand toy, she’s probably feeling pretty good. Your furball may also have a bit of a ‘cattitude,’ and may meow at you to demand that you pet her or pick her up, or sometimes just to argue.

Good Appetite

Healthy animals have healthy appetites. While Fluffy can be pretty finicky, she will let you know if she simply doesn’t like what you offered her. Your furry pal’s water intake should also be fairly consistent. Follow your vet’s recommendations.

No Litterbox Woes

While changing the litterbox isn’t the best part of having a cat, it can be useful as well as necessary. Pay attention to your pet’s litterbox contents. It’s a good sign if you don’t see anything unusual. You can also try a litter that will change color if something is wrong. Ask your vet for more information.

Curiosity

Our feline buddies are very inquisitive little furballs, and love to investigate, well, everything and anything. If Fluffy is constantly checking out boxes or paper bags, and sniffing at items you’ve brought home, she’s likely doing well.

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

Taking Your Cat to the Vet

August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! We know, given the choice, Fluffy would much rather celebrate Hug Your Cat Day or Give Your Kitty Catnip Day. However, regardless of your furball’s opinion on the matter, your pet will be much healthier with regular veterinary care. A Norwalk, CA vet discusses taking your kitty to the vet in this article.

Your Cat’s Veterinary Care Needs

Your cat’s exact veterinary care needs will depend on her age, weight, breed, and health. That said, we strongly recommend that all kitties be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current with their exams, vaccinations, and parasite control products. Kittens will need to come in a few times during that first year. Then, when your feline companion is fully grown, she may only need to visit us once or twice a year. When Fluffy reaches her senior years, your vet may recommend more frequent appointments, especially if she develops health problems. No matter how old your furry buddy is, feel free to ask for tips on your furball’s diet and care needs.

Emergency Visits

Just like any other pet, cats are susceptible to illness and injury. Keep an eye out for signs that something isn’t right. Some common ones include hiding, poor grooming, vomiting, diarrhea, sudden weight gain or loss, and fever. There are also behavioral clues to watch for, such as grumpiness, unusual vocalizations, and uncharacteristic behavior. Call your vet right away if you notice any of these warning signs. Cats often try to hide signs of illness, so Fluffy could be quite ill by the time you notice anything is wrong!

The Dreaded Car Ride

Most cats aren’t exactly fond of car rides. In fact, Fluffy may bolt for her favorite hiding place as soon as she sees her carrier. Put soft bedding and a few toys into the carrier to make it comfy for Fluffy. Keeping a window cracked, so that there is always fresh air circulating, will help keep your kitty more comfortable. Also, avoid sharp turns, bumpy roads, and sudden stops and starts. If your furry pal gets extremely frightened in the car, ask your vet for tips on using cat-calming products, like treats or sprays.

Please reach out to us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, for all of your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We are dedicated to providing great care!