The Howling Cat

I’m fortunate to have had our oldest cat for over 17 years. She is a Siamese named Marty. She is vocal at the best of times, but over the past year, she has developed nightly bouts of howling. As a veterinarian, I recognize this complaint from owners of geriatric cats, and as an owner, I can see how distressing it can be to hear your cat yeowling in the dark.

Marty

Marty

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Where does your pet sleep?

 

As part of my history gathering process during office visits, I like to find out where your pet habitually sleeps. It’s no surprise that many of my clients have their pets sleep with them on the bed. That’s where most of mine end up too. Is this a problem? Not at all. It is just a preference. But there are some concerns to be aware of, no matter where your pet ends up for nap time. Continue reading

The scoop on litter boxes

The litter box is your cat’s bathroom. While this seems like an obvious statement, it’s surprising how many owners arrange the litter and box to suit their needs rather than the cat’s. We place it out of our way, use covered boxes to keep the smell in and gravitate towards ‘smell masking or multi-cat’ litter. Continue reading