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Caring for a Pregnant Cat

Is your kitty pregnant? Whether Fluffy got out one night and came home with something to show for it, is a pregnant foster or stray you’ve been caring for, or was bred intentionally, your feline pal will need some extra TLC in the coming weeks. A Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet discusses caring for pregnant cats below.

Food

Proper nutrition is important for all kitties, but it’s absolutely crucial for pregnant ones. Your furry buddy will need extra calories, as she’s eating for herself and her litter of furballs. Kitten food is often a good choice, as it has additional nutrients. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Handling

It is safe to pet Fluffy. However, you will want to avoid touching her belly, as it will be quite sensitive. If you have to pick your pet up, take care not to hold her by the stomach.

Birthing Box

Cats are usually in gestation for 58 – 67 days. As your kitty gets closer to delivery, you’ll need to give her a safe place to give birth. A big box is fine. You can also use a storage tote with one side cut out. Just make sure there are no sharp edges. Add clean, soft blankets or towels. You’ll want to choose ones you don’t really care about, of course. Put the box in a spot that offers your furball some peace and quiet, and show it to her. Don’t be surprise if Fluffy ignores it. If she chooses to give birth somewhere else, just move the kittens into the box after they’re born. Mama will follow!

Delivery

Most of the time, kitties can give birth on their own. However, you should monitor Fluffy, and watch for signs that something is wrong. If your pet takes more than two hours between kittens, if a kitten seems to be ‘stuck’ for more than a minute or two, or if your cat has contractions for more than 15 minutes without giving birth, contact your vet. Foul-smelling discharge is also a sign of trouble. We also recommend having your vet examine your feline buddy after the birth. Once the kittens have been born, the warning signs will change. Vomiting, diarrhea, and/or tremors are red flags at this stage. Call your vet immediately if you see any of these symptoms.

Please contact us, your Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

Autumn Cat Care

Autumn is officially upon us! This is a beautiful time of year, with the changing foliage and those crisp, cool breezes. However, just like any other season, autumn does have its own specific dangers for our four-legged friends. Read on as a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet discusses autumn cat care.

Food

As the weather gets colder, your feline buddy may burn extra calories just staying warm. Your vet may recommend increasing Fluffy’s serving sizes a bit.

Outdoor Hazards

Autumn can be a particularly hazardous time for outdoor cats. For one thing, many wild animals are seeking out spots to hibernate in. This can make them more aggressive than usual. Also, people often treat their lawns and gardens in fall. Chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides are very dangerous for cats. Poisonous plants and weather fluctuations also pose hazards to your feline pal. Antifreeze is another concern: it’s extremely toxic to kitties, but unfortunately, has a taste that many of them like. Keep your pet safe and sound indoors.

Seasonal Decorations

Autumn decorations have a special, whimsical charm. However, many of them can be dangerous. Anything with wires and cords can make a tempting—and hazardous—plaything to a frisky cat. Keep decorations out of paws’ reach.

Grooming

Fall is a peak shedding time. Brush Fluffy regularly to help get that dead fur out of her coat.

Warm Cozy Spots

Cats somehow manage to sleep even more than usual in cold, dreary weather. Offer your feline friend lots of warm, comfy napping spots. If you want to spoil Fluffy, consider getting her a thermal bed, or even a heated one.

Candles/Heaters

Seasonal scented candles may make your home look and smell wonderfully cozy, but they definitely are not pet-safe. Keep candles and potpourri jars in high, secure places that your furball can’t get to. If you have a fireplace, keep a grate in front of it, so your kitty can’t get too close.

Arthritis

It isn’t uncommon for older kitties to develop arthritis. This can make them very stiff and sore as the weather changes. If Fluffy seems stiff, limps, and/or has trouble jumping, ask your vet for advice on keeping her comfortable.

Parasites

Fleas, ticks, and other insects will be looking for warm spots to escape the weather. Keep up with Fluffy’s parasite control products!

Please call us, your Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

Puppyproofing Tips

Have you recently adopted a puppy? Or has your canine buddy just had a litter of adorable furballs? Puppies are, without a doubt, one of the cutest things on the planet. They do have quite a knack for getting into trouble, though, so you’ll need to take some precautions to keep your furry little friend safe. A Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet discusses puppyproofing in this article.

Small Objects

Anything small or sharp should be stored in a place your four-legged pal can’t get to. This includes jewelry, craft kit pieces, fishing tackle, coins, beads, nails and screws, and pens and pen caps.

Clothing

Puppies will eat or chew, well, pretty much anything. Small items of clothing, like socks, scarves, underwear, and tank tops, can pose serious choking risks. Be sure to keep laundry well out of paws’ reach.

Personal Items

As little Fido begins teething, he’ll want to chew, well, pretty much anything and everything. Books, shoes, purses, and other items should all be kept in a safe place.

Wires/Cords

Wires and cords can be very dangerous to a curious baby dog. Little Fido could get tangled up, or choke himself. Cords that can’t be hidden or removed can be treated with taste deterrents.

Toxins

Many of the things you may find in a typical household are unsafe for Man’s Best Friend. Plants are one concern. Make sure your houseplants are all pet-safe. You can find a list of both safe and unsafe options online at the ASPCA website here. You’ll also need to store things like medicine, household cleaners, automotive products, pesticides, and lawn/garden products in a safe spot.

Sharp Items

Anything sharp is a definite no-no. Decorative blades, forks and knives, scissors, and anything else with a sharp edge should be kept well out of your furry pal’s reach.

Puppy Pen

You may want to get a puppy pen. Put soft blankets down inside it, and offer little Fido some fun toys to play with. This may be quite a bit safer—and easier—than petproofing the entire home, especially if you have a litter of puppies on your hands.

Tips

It’s important to keep little Fido focused on appropriate playthings. Make sure the little guy has lots of safe, suitable toys.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Saskatoon, Saskatchewan pet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

The Benefits of Having an Exotic Pet

Are you ready to adopt a new pet? Choosing the right animal companion can be both fun and tricky. Every type of pet has their own charms and their own care needs. While dogs and cats are still the most popular pets, exotic pets also have a lot to offer. Read on as an East College Park, Saskatchewan vet lists some great reasons to consider an exotic pet.

No Noise

One great thing about exotic pets is the fact that many of them really don’t make much noise. This can be great for people who have a lot of neighbors close by!

Limited Odors

While some animals that are considered exotic—such as ferrets—may give off some odors, most exotic animals are pretty easy on the nose.

Few Allergic Reactions

Many exotic animals have scales instead of fur. This makes them a great option for people with allergies!

No Training Required

Dogs need quite a bit of education to learn the do’s and don’ts of being a good pet. (Cats usually train their owners, but that’s another topic.) Exotic animals, however, really don’t need to be trained. You won’t have to worry about teaching your iguana to sit, or making sure your snake comes when called!

Attractive Enclosures

Most exotic animals live in tanks or cages. When set up properly, these habitats can make very beautiful display pieces.

They’re Fun To Watch

While exotics aren’t as personable as some of our other animal friends, they do have some personality characteristics, and can be just as charming as other pets. You may be surprised at how fascinating reptiles and other exotics can be to watch. Many people really enjoy relaxing and just watching their pets do their thing.

No Mess

You will need to clean your pet’s habitat regularly. However, you won’t have to worry about your little buddy eating your couch cushions or scratching up your couch!

Tips

While there are some great reasons to consider exotic pets, they aren’t necessarily the right choice for everyone. Do plenty of research before making a final decision. Consider your pet’s expected size, lifespan, environmental needs, and diet. It’s also important to make sure you have a good vet that treats exotics.

Please contact us, your East College Park, Saskatchewan pet hospital, for all of your exotic pet’s care needs. We are here to help!