Normal or Not: What’s the Deal With Cat Hairballs?

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When they aren’t sleeping or eating, the average cat spends an inordinate amount of time cleaning itself. Indeed, cats have strong attachments to tidiness, and they use their barb-covered tongue to get the job done.

It’s only natural that a furry animal with a rough, brush-like tongue would simply have to endure coughing up a hairball or two. Consequently, cat hairballs are simply part of the territory. Until, that is, they indicate a larger problem.

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Beyond the Cute Factor, Why Do Cats Have Whiskers? 

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In the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews’ character, Maria, sings about a few of her favorite things. The top of the list – even before copper kettles and brown-paper packages tied up with string – includes “whiskers on kittens.”

Of course, whiskers on kittens and adult cats are quite adorable, but do they actually serve a purpose? Indeed, cats have whiskers for many reasons! And incredible abilities of cat whiskers give us even more reasons to love felines! 

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Innovation, Intervention: The Many Ways We Can Help (and Handle) Feral Cats 

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A common denominator in rural, urban and suburban communities worldwide is the ubiquitous presence of cats. Some free-roamers may actually “belong” to someone, possibly somewhere nearby. But if you see them skulking around on a regular basis, they are equally likely to be stray or feral cats. 

Highly territorial and incredibly effective at reproducing, feral cat colonies need more help than you might think. Seemingly self-sufficient, these cats are prone to illness and injury, and lead relatively short lives compared to domestic felines.

All Inclusive

Feral cats haven’t had opportunities to be nurtured or socialized by humans. Stray cats, on the other hand, previously lived with people and through no fault of their own became homeless. 

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To Bathe or Not to Bathe a Cat? 

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There are lots of fun things to do in life, and yet sometimes we’re faced with a sticky or serious situation that results in giving a cat a bath. Do they really need it? In most cases, the answer is no but there are occasions when your cat or kitten might need your gentle assistance.

The feline in need of cleaning up may regard human efforts with absolute fear and loathing, and they know exactly how to defend themselves. If you’ve ever wondered how to best bathe a cat (without getting your eyes clawed out), or you’d simply like to be prepared for this eventuality, we have some ideas to keep everyone safe and relatively calm.

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Up, Down, All Around: What Your Cat’s Tail Is Really Saying

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Cat owners generally know when their cat is hungry, restless or affectionate simply by recognizing and interpreting their vocalizations or body language. While cats can be quite specific about their needs, they can also be incredibly subtle. When it comes to fully understanding feline communication, taking a close look at your cat’s tail can go a long way.

Between the Felines

People usually cannot pick up the scent signals deposited by cats, but we can definitely observe their unique layers of body language and listen closely for variations of vocalizations. Without a doubt, cats can be pretty clear communicators, but that doesn’t mean we always know implicitly what they’re trying to say. 

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Waiting Game: How to Behave in a Pet Hospital Lobby

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Nobody likes to wait. Even if we’re prepared for long lines at places like the DMV, even the most patient people among us can become pretty irate. 

Imagine, then, how some pets feel when they are taken to their vet appointments. Would the possible wait be worse for them because of the heightened anticipation, or might the time be filled with curiosity and exploration?

Wherever pets sit on this spectrum, the bottom line is that there are many ways to safely get through the time spent in a pet hospital lobby. 

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No Friends of Mine: All about FeLV and FIV

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Cats are pretty resilient, always landing on their feet and whatnot. There are some things that even cats can’t be totally safe from, such as a few diseases that, despite the miracles of modern medicine, can make the healthiest cat crumble.

In particular, infection with the viruses that cause feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency syndrome (FIV) can be devastating. Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital knows how horrible these diseases can be and want cat owners everywhere to know how to best protect their pets from FeLV and FIV. 

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Makin’ Biscuits: Why Do Cats Knead?

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If you’ve ever pondered your cat’s unique behavior, you’re not alone. From a love of cardboard boxes, to sleeping in circles, to pouncing on your feet, cats have no shortage of quirks. 

Among these might be the rhythmic motion your cat makes with her paws, pressing in and out, as she sits on your lap. Also known as kneading, this behavior gets its name because it resembles a baker working bread dough. 

But why do cats knead? Come along with Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital as we explore this question. 

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Achieve a Full Life With Indoor Cat Enrichment

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When we enrich soil, we’re making steps toward improving or enhancing it. As a result, plant life can flourish. The same is true for the pets we care for. Dog owners enrich the lives of their dogs by engaging them with outdoor activities and plenty of exercise. 

The same cannot be said for owners of strictly indoor cats. To protect them from boredom, stress and anxiety, an approach to indoor cat enrichment can make all the difference.

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Help! How Do I Get My Cat to the Vet?

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Help! How Do I Get My Cat to the Vet?

A routine wellness exam plays a critical role in maintaining and supporting overall health. Cats should be seen at least once a year, and senior cats benefit from two annual visits. However, a majority of pet cats don’t receive the same level of veterinary attention that dogs do. 

Reasons for infrequent visits vary. In the absence of glaring ongoing symptoms, cat owners may not feel a physical exam is warranted. Other times, getting a cat to the vet can be an exercise in sheer frustration and fear. With our travel tips, we hope to see your cat more often.

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