Addressing the Needs of Cats and People that Love Them
September reminds us that Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are around the corner! But you would never know it from the weather! Our favorite felines at our home in north Irvine are lucky enough to lounge in an air conditioned environment. Lucky for them! I hope you are keeping your felines cool and that fresh water is available ‘a’ plenty.
At this time of year we are reminded of how much we love our Senior Pets. After a long and busy summer it makes sense to focus on basic health care for us and our pets. Please take the time to review our newsletter tips on identifying pain in your cat. Cats are ‘stoic’ and naturally hide pain and illness. Best practice? Schedule a Senior Preventative Care exam and save money on a package that will provide your favorite IVS Vet with a benchmark exam on your feline. Detecting disease early is key and we can learn a lot from just two simple lab tests in conjunction with a complete physical exam. We have special ways to make your cats’ visit with us as EASY as possible. Check out our package at: www.irvinevetservices.com/irvine-senior-pets/
This has been a record year for fleas and ticks in Irvine and Orange County. With a change in temperature coming hopefully soon-September would be a great time to think about scheduling a bath for your cat.
We do not recommend regular baths for cats as we do for dogs, but medium to long hair breeds need some help with grooming. Enjoy the video on cat grooming! At IVS we have been grooming cats for over 45 years!
We look forward to seeing you all soon at IVS UP and NP soon. If you are feeling down and need a lift take a moment and visit us on our FACEBOOK page. We love fun photos and especially kitty photos that are fun and entertaining. Check us out on Facebook!
Much love from ALL of us!
Pam and Eddie Cole and of course…Simba, Grover, Manny, Tyler, and Omar.
Preparing for an Emergency with Cats that have Special Needs
By: Heather Finney
I live with my 3 cats, Boots, Fannie, and Jethro. Boots and Fannie have heart conditions and take mediation every day. In my house, the dry cat food is in a large Rubbermaid bin. On top of the bin I keep the food bowls for the dry cat food. Next to the bin, I keep their canned food stacked in a paper bag with handles. All of the medication, supplements, and Pill Pockets are in a container on the counter, also next to the bin. Should we need to evacuate, I can quickly grab the bag of canned food and the medication container and easily place them in the bin for transport.
Ideally for cats, you want to keep their carriers in a readily accessible area, such as in a closet or under the bed. Or, if you can keep them out all the time, such as behind a chair or couch, your kitty will get used to their carrier and may even use it for a bed! When I know that I will be taking my cats in for an appointment, I will bring out their carriers the day before, place a blanket inside and leave the carriers open. The cats go in and out of them on their own and even sleep in them!
CATS HIDE THEIR SYMPTOMS
WHY FELINE ANNUAL CHECK-UPS ARE SO IMPORTANT
According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), historically it was thought that cats did not feel pain; this of course is not true. Cats are just really good at hiding their symptoms. Cats are generally quite animals, and while a cat may occasionally cry out in pain, this is a rare reaction.
In the wild, a sick or injured animal is vulnerable to attack, so a cat’s natural survival instinct is to hide illness or pain.
Due to a cats natural instinct to hide it’s symptoms it is very important to make sure your cat is seen by their vet for an annual check-up. Once signs appear, the conditions may be more difficult or costly to diagnose or treat.
COMMON SIGNS THAT MAY SIGNIFY YOUR CAT IS ILL OR IN PAIN:
- Loss of Appetite or Changes in Food Preferences
- Lack of Grooming or Over Grooming in One Particular Area
- Wanting to be Left Alone, Isolating Itself, or Hiding
- Changes in Sleeping Habits- Sleeping More or Only Sleeping in one Position
- Growling or Hissing When Touched
- Non-Stop Purring
- Abnormal Body Positions, Such as a Hunched-Back
- Restlessness, Irritability, or Crankiness
- Behavioral Changes or Change in Routine (i.e. Sleeping Spots and/or Litter Box Habits)
- Reluctance to Jump to Favorite Spots (i.e.Window Sills, Beds, etc)
WATCH THIS VIDEO ON HOW AN ANNUAL CHECK-UP SAVED THE LIVES OF BOOTS & FANNIE
LASER THERAPY FOR YOUR SENIOR CAT
Because cats are so good at hiding their symptoms, we may not know right away that our beloved pets are in pain. Often when symptoms are seen the progression of the pain/illness is significant. Cats can be sensitive to medications, leaving some cats unable to be effectively treated. Giving a cat medication at home can also be difficult for pet owners.
An effective and safe treatment for pain and inflammation, along with a multitude of other issues, is the use of K-Laser Therapy.
The K-Laser is a therapeutic laser that has been used in Europe for over 10 years. Therapeutic lasers stimulate cell function to produce pain relief and quicker healing.
Benefits include reduced spasm, increased circulation, improved flexibility and function, improved healing and reduction of symptoms associated with osteoarthritis.
Common conditions treated with laser therapy include:
- Ligament and Muscle Sprains
- Hip Dysplasia
- Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Neck, Back, and Joint Pain
- Edema and Congestion
- Dental Disease
- Traumatic Wounds
- Dermatological Diseases such as Otitis and Pyoderma
- Post-surgical Pain and Incisions
- Fractures, Sprains, and Strains
WATCH THIS INFORMATIVE VIDEO ON HOW LASER THERAPY CAN BENEFIT YOUR CAT!
CARING FOR YOUR SENIOR CAT
As cats move into the senior phase of life, they experience changes that are very similar to aging humans. Diseases and conditions that are commonly known to affect older people also affect our feline companions: kidney, heart and liver disease, cancer, diabetes and other hormonal conditions, arthritis, neurologic diseases, and a variety of metabolic conditions. In addition, cats’ nutritional requirements can change as they age due to a change in their metabolic rates and nutrient need.
Do you have a favorite Senior Feline at home? September is ‘Senior Pet Care Month’ at IVS. Check out our everyday great prices on our Senior Preventative Care Packages.
CAT GROOMING AT IVS
Cats are natural groomers, but as they age they tend to not groom as much as they used to. It is important that your senior feline is being brushed regularly. Brushing removes dead hair from the coat and helps prevent matted fur, which can be very painful to brush out later and may require shaving. Daily brushing also helps prevent hairballs, leaving less hair for the cat to swallow when they do groom themselves.
While daily brushing is important for your senior cat, it may be necessary (especially if your cat has long hair) to receive regular full grooming services.
Here at IVS we offer Cat Grooming services which include:
- A Thorough Brush/Comb-out
- De-matting (detangling) as necessary
- Ears are Cleaned
- A Thorough Shampoo / Bath
- Towel / Hand Dried and Brushed Out
- Nails Trimmed
WATCH THIS VIDEO ABOUT CAT GROOMING AT IVS
Hello my name is Lakeya and I am a super sweet girl. Two things most people notice is that I have a cleft palette and so some people think I look a little funny, others think it just makes me cute! The second is that I am a female orange tabby which is rare as most orange tabbies are boys. I am very sweet and loving and looking for a home where I can grow up to be a great cat.