The Pet Experts of Naperville, IL
Although we may not find our cats next to a lava lamp listening to Deep Purple, jokes about cats and catnip usually hint at the kind of psychedelic effect this plant has on them. From purring to “making biscuits,” our cats are full of all sorts of peculiar behaviors, so it’s no surprise to add one more baffling quirk to the list.
However, there’s much confusion about what catnip is and how it affects our feline friends. The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to help unravel the mystery of catnip madness.
What is Catnip?
Nepeta cataria, or catnip, is a member of the mint family. This leafy, green plant contains a substance called nepetalactone, which is the oily compound your cat goes wild for. Catnip and its mint family members have been used medicinally for centuries by Native Americans and early European settlers.
A big part of a cat’s aesthetic is the fine, yet strong, vibrissae that jut out from either side of the nose. Fully equipped with sensory organs, or proprioceptors, cat whiskers are the ultimate in design and function. Responsible for helping a cat navigate the dark or negotiate small spaces, cat whiskers also communicate emotions.
Whiskers are present on nearly every mammal, but they aren’t all equal. Cat whiskers act as antennae, pulling in environmental signals and sending them to the brain. They might add a lot to your cat’s profile, but they are downright integral to a cat’s ability to move around and hunt effectively. In short, they are among the many superpowers your cat came equipped with.
Indoor cats have a reputation for being low-maintenance pets, but they actually do require a great deal of time, attention, and consideration. Sure, they may not stick a wet nose in your face at 5 a.m. to be let outside, but that doesn’t mean cats don’t have certain unique needs. Indoor cat care can be subtle at times, but for the health and wellbeing of your feline homebody, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center believe it’s an important investment.
The foundation of good health is strengthened with veterinary support. While an indoor cat may not have the same type of exposure to disease or parasites, it’s vitally important to receive routine medical care at least once a year. Through regular visits, we can determine baseline values that help chart a course of care for the future.
The Fourth of July is one of the biggest events of the year. With picnics, parades, and family gatherings to choose from, where does that leave a four-legged friend? Sure, you might have a well-behaved, highly sociable pet who enjoys any combination of crowds, loud music, and fireworks. Or, perhaps your pet stresses easily by the disruption to routine, heat, and strangers.
Either way, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have some tips to prepare you for Independence Day and pet safety.
As the temperatures start to soar and the humidity rises, summer can take an additional toll on exotic and pocket-sized pets. Although hot weather certainly affects cats and dogs, these special creatures often need additional care and consideration when it comes to housing and temperature control.
Summer is also peak season for travel, and many pet owners want to bring their tiny pals along. Some pets are also much more susceptible to heatstroke due to where they originate, and parasites that can harm exotics are in abundance this time of year.
Get the scoop about caring for exotic pets during the summer season by checking out our tips and recommendations!
The want to provide outdoor experiences for the animals in your care is perfectly natural, but it’s not always the safest choice. Possible run-in’s with predators, exposure to toxins and parasites, and accidental injury are just a few of the reasons many cat owners decide to keep Fluffy inside the house. A strictly indoor cat continues to need special attention to health and wellness, and The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center hope to help you achieve those goals.
The Hard Truth
Due to the various potential risks awaiting your cat on the other side of the door, his or her longevity could be on the line. Whether it’s the alluring scent of antifreeze on your neighbor’s driveway or the coyote prowling your neighborhood after dark, your cat needs close supervision and protection. Also:
What’s small enough to sit in your palm, furry, and heart-meltingly cute? Pocket pets, of course! Guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, ferrets, rabbits, and other small animals (from mice to lizards) are often perceived as easier to care for than other pets. However, the reality is that pocket pet care requires similar levels of time, energy, and medical attention.
Small for Small Spaces
In an era that celebrates tiny houses and living with a smaller footprint, pocket pets are becoming more and more popular. Of course, many people who live in apartments are also limited when it comes to the type of pets that are allowed, and pockets pets fit the bill nicely.
Although pocket pets don’t depend on daily walks like dogs, they do depend on clean living standards, routine interaction, and veterinary care – all of which The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are happy to assist you with.
This time of year, accidental pet poisonings spike, due in part to a collective effort toward spring cleaning. The goal is to have a nice, clean, and safe home to share with your pet, but with the addition of dangerous ingredients, household cleaners can often stand in the way of that. Whether it’s the storage or the application, pets and cleaning products aren’t always a good match. Luckily, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have the scoop on protecting your pet.
As our communities grow, we continue to encroach further and further into the natural habitats of many species of wildlife. Coyotes are quickly joining the ranks of squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and other wild animals that have adapted to the ever-expanding human population, making prevention strategies to keep pets safe from coyotes more important now than ever.
Coyotes prey on small mammals and occupy an important place in their natural ecosystems by helping to keep rodent populations down. Coyotes are also opportunistic, and as human homes and businesses encroach on coyote habitat, they will turn to whatever food source is easily available, including garbage and even small pets!
Although winter is still firmly in place in Chicagoland, most of us are looking forward to spring with more than a little excitement. The arrival of warmer weather also signals the arrival of seasonal allergies for many of us, and as temps rise we find ourselves making our annual trip to the drugstore to load up on tissues and allergy meds.
Pets can suffer from seasonal allergies as well, but with different symptoms than in humans. Do you know how to spot seasonal allergies in pets? The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to help you learn the symptoms of allergies so you can help your pet sooner rather than later.
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