Stranger Than Fiction: Are Cat Myths Rooted in Truth?

cat mythsCats have lived with (or at least alongside) us for ages. Despite this proximity, true understanding of their habits and abilities didn’t begin until the modern era. To compensate for this lack of knowledge, people created and spread various cat myths over the years. They’re easily recognized nowadays, but without scientific research and veterinary medicine, were cat myths somehow rooted in truth?

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How to Build a Catio (And Why Your Cat Will Love It!)

catioCatio? No, this isn’t a typo. Similar to a patio, a “catio” is an outdoor space meant for entertaining and relaxation – but for your cat! Catios are all the rage and have many awesome benefits for our indoor feline companions. But what exactly is it and why is it good for your purr friend?

Catio Basics

Like many pet owners, we understand the dilemma of wanting to allow your cat some outdoor time even though it isn’t always the safest option. Indoor cats live longer, healthier lives than their free-roaming counterparts, but not without some consequences in the area of behavioral enrichment.

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Catnip Madness! Why Cats are Crazy About Catnip

catnipAlthough 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.

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Walk the Talk: Indoor Cat Care Worth All the Chatter

indoor cat careIndoor 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 Basics

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.

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Bright Eyes: What to Expect When Caring for a New Kitten

Veteranarian Visits with a Tabby CatUnquestionably, a young kitten takes the cake in the cute department. Fluffy, rambunctious, and pint-sized, a bright-eyed feline was simply born with the potential to melt hearts. While the fun never seems to end, there is more to caring for a new kitten than simply adoring one.

The pet experts are just as excited as you are to bring a new kitten home. To that end, we want to share our tips for a lifetime of health, happiness, and wellness. Continue…

Is My Cat Too Fat? Combating Feline Obesity

Springbrook_iStock_000022062805_MediumIn this country our pets are getting fatter and fatter with no end in sight. While many of us giggle and gush over fluffy, well-padded kitties; being obese is not good for anyone – animals included.

Cats who are overweight are at increased risk for serious medical problems including diabetes, heart disease, respiratory problems, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, and even cancer. No wonder that overweight felines live shorter lives than other cats. Continue…

Not Even Once: The Confession of a Would-Be Crazy Cat Lady

Woman Holding 4 KittensLike many of my generation, I grew up with the echoes of Bob Barker’s refrain echoing in my mind: “Help control the pet population, have your pet spayed or neutered.” Unfortunately, there was an experience in my childhood that trumped that wisdom nugget. And that was the sheer joy of being a four-year-old and experiencing a litter of freshly born kittens.

It was that idyllic experience tucked away in the back of my mind that led me to override Mr. Barker’s plea, and allow my son that experience for himself.

You see, we adopted a kitty from a friend. It’s likely she was at the prime age to be spayed… I still had some time before her first heat, but not much. I deliberated. Really, I did. And in the end, I decided that one litter couldn’t hurt. Right?

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