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We want to let you all know that the team have been working hard to call our clients to offer booster appointments that were due during lockdown. There has been a big waiting list! We are now making some headway and are now in the month of August vaccines due. If you are wondering if your pet is still due a vaccination booster or you are worried you haven't had a call, text or email from us then please do give us a call on 01380 728505 or you can message us via Petsapp and we can get you booked in as soon as possible.
Just like ourselves, as our feline friends get older, they’re more susceptible to certain diseases. Diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and chronic kidney disease are great examples of health conditions that are more likely to affect cats after a certain age. And there’s another thing that all of these diseases have in common, which is secondary hypertension.
Contrary to high blood pressure in people, which is often associated with poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle, for example, in cats, hypertension develops almost always as a consequence of an underlying condition.
Hypertension can remain asymptomatic for a long time; however, even if you don’t see recognisable signs on your cat, sustained high blood pressure causes progressive damage to internal organs. This is why it is also known as the ‘silent killer’.
If your cat is over 7 years old, we’ll want to check their blood pressure on routine visits. This way, we can diagnose hypertension at an early stage and start looking for what’s causing it!
Moving out is a huge hassle, not only do you seemingly have way more things than you ever thought possible, but everyone tends to get stressed out and quite grumpy for the duration!
In the middle of all of this bustle, it’s very important to take a little time to prepare where your pets will stay during the move.
🏠 Set up a room both at your old place and your new home where they have water, food, their beds and plenty of toys, and where you can make sure they won’t be disturbed.
🏠 Check in on them often, so they know you haven’t left for good, and to ensure they are comfortable and well.
🏠 Our pets know us better than we know ourselves, so they will pick up on a stressful mood. Make sure to take some time to relax and play with them.
Tell us of your house moving experiences on the comments below!
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We have covered communication through sound, touch and scent. Can you guess what is missing?
We’ll give you a hint: it has something to do with the lovely marks on your couch 😂
We’re talking about visual communication! When your cat scratches a surface, not only do they leave an odorous message, but a visual one as well, marking the object (which can be the couch, a scratcher or a tree, for example) as their own.
Another type of visual communication is body language. Just like ourselves, there are certain postures and expressions that can be suggestive of our cats’ mood and intentions, for example:
🐈 A cat approaching with their tail up, and a relaxed facial expression – this is the typical approach of a friendly cat;
🐈 A cat adopting a crouched position, with their head close to the ground, ears back and dilated pupils – this posture is usually indicative of fear;
🐈 A cat standing with their back arched, puffed tail, and puffed strip along the back – this is a great attempt at looking bigger and is usually a defensive position.
There’s still much to be said about feline communication, but we hope now you can understand your cats better!
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