You can often tell how good a cat feels by virtue of their coat’s appearance. A full, shiny, thick fur coat is certainly a sign of health, just as a dry, flaky, crusty coat signals that something is “off”.
And while all cats self-groom (some more than others, of course), not all cats cough up those sticky, tubular balls of absolute yuckiness. Cat hairballs are widely perceived as normal, but if they happen more than 1-2 times a year it may be time to investigate what’s truly going on.
A Learned Behavior
Kittens learn the art of self-grooming from their mothers, but they don’t really excel at the behavior until well into adulthood. As a result, young cats don’t typically produce hairballs. Longer-haired cats, like Persians or Maine Coons, may have more frequent hairballs (or not, all cats are different).Continue…
As much as we may want to, it’s not healthy to hibernate on the couch all winter. Not surprisingly, it’s not good for your pet, either. Unfortunately, when the dark, cold days keep us indoors, we have to be creative and find interesting ways to stay fit, engaged, and active with our four-legged friends.
Your team at Ten West Bird and Animal Hospital have a few of our favorite ideas for keeping you and your pet moving indoors. This way, old man winter won’t keep you and your furry, feathered, or scaled one down!
10 Fun and Creative Indoor Pet Activities
Having fun with your pet doesn’t need to mean a lot of money or travel time. These awesome indoor pet activities will chase away the winter slump and get your pet moving.
With so many distractions this time of year, our priorities can shift overnight. From cookie swaps to toy donation drives, potlucks to caroling, our collective calendars are simply overflowing – a fact not missed by most pets. As a result, the things that usually hold us together get flipped upside down.
Luckily, with an eye on prevention you can keep the good times rolling. Holiday pet safety doesn’t have to be confusing, and it doesn’t have to stand in the way of any seasonal fun.Continue…