Please don’t ignore the cat indoor

    “My cat lives indoors- he doesn’t need to go to the vet”   This is a relatively common sentiment from cat owners. Working at a Veterinary Hospital, we hear this on a regular basis. What is more, there are lots of cat owners that don’t say this to us, they simply don’t bring their cats in for a yearly health exam.. Why is that? Well, first off, cats are pretty independent creatures. They often appear to get along fine without much input from us. Clean the litter, put out the food, cuddle on the couch when you watch TV; cats
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The Stigma of an FIV Positive Cat

I remember years ago when I was volunteering at the Toronto Humane Society, so many great animals were ready to be adopted. Most of them were cats.  One particular room had all the FIV positive cats together away from the limelight of visitors.  Many of them had been there for a long time and I can understand why, people lack understanding about FIV and were scared that they might be a lot of work to take on. What is FIV? FIV or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is a retrovirus that shares the same genus as HIV.  It is limited to cats
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Nutritional Management of Feline Urinary Symptoms

Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) is a term used to describe any disorder affecting the urinary bladder or urethra of cats and is a very common reason for hospital visits of our feline pets here at Caledon Mountain. The presenting complaint is very commonly inappropriate urination. A few considerations will be made when you bring your feline friend to us: Have there been any environmental changes in the house (ie. New family member, new pet, new furniture, renovations) Any discomfort trying to urinate, vocalization, frequent trips to the litter box. How many litter boxes are accessible to the cat. Once
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Martin-The cat who inappropriately urinates

Martin is such a lovable and playful cat with his quirky meow.  He can be so funny sometimes but he has baggage! He will sometimes pee in places other than his litter box.  His reasons for peeing can’t be blamed on a bladder infection or a diet.  The reality is that he doesn’t like little kids who are loud and run around.  It stresses him out! Environmental stress for cats is a real thing in feline medicine. Growing up with pets and now being in the veterinary profession, I never experienced this until I had a family of my own.
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