When you’re out and about in this beautiful spring weather, do you think you’re seeing more outdoor cats than usual? Well, you most likely are – much like us, cats are a lot more active when the weather is more agreeable.
At this time of year, shelters are filling up with cats, because we’re in another season that you most likely haven’t heard much about – kitten season. Kitten season can vary, but it is usually between April and September – the days are longer, the weather is warmer, and love is in the air! A female cat can start having heat cycles when she is six months of age (or younger), and can have several litters a year…at an average of 4 to 6 kittens per litter, that’s a lot of cats! The increased amount of stray cats with their kittens being brought to shelters can be overwhelming in terms of finances, resources, and space. It is a challenging time of year for shelters, since the litters are not yet ready for adoption – they must be tested, vaccinated, socialized, and cared for until they’re at the correct size for spaying or neutering. Once they are spayed or neutered, they will be made available for adoption, so they can find their forever home.
Thinking that a cat might fit in with your family? Visit the website of your local shelter – most will post pictures of cats that are available for adoption, along with an explanation of the adoption process. If you’re not yet ready to adopt, you can still help by donating old blankets, cat litter, household cleaning supplies, or your time. You can learn more about pet parenting by volunteering at a shelter, fostering a litter for them, or adopting from them. We’ll talk more about volunteering, and fostering, in a future Staff Chat.
Ready to bring that little bundle of fur and purrs home? Our next Staff Chat will discuss some simple precautions to make the experience a safe and enjoyable one – both for you and your new furry family member!
We offer both preventative care services (much like your visits to the dentist), along with dental x-rays and tooth extractions. Good oral hygiene is the best thing that you can do to ensure a longer life, with less health concerns, for your pet. Call us to schedule a dental exam or service.x
Laboratory services are a vital part of the diagnostic process when it comes to veterinarian care. This is because in many cases it is not possible to be able to give a firm diagnosis without undertaking additional tests to confirm the root of the problem. If you have any questions or concerns your vet will be happy to speak to you.x
This is the most effective way to assist in having your companion returned if they go missing. The microchip (about the size of a grain of rice) is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades. When scanned, it provides information that assists in reuniting you with your furry friend!x
Congratulations on the newest member of your household - we can’t wait to meet them! Call us today to schedule an initial visit – our team will conduct a thorough physical exam, in addition to discussing nutrition, training, and medical care. We’ll be more than happy to answer any other questions you may have, as wellx
Laser therapy is a holistic, non-invasive treatment that reduces inflammation, decreases pain, and accelerates healing for a variety of conditions. It is useful as a post-surgical treatment, for acute conditions such as sprains, strains, and wounds, and chronic conditions such as degenerative joint disease and osteoarthritis.x