Mars Hill Animal Hospital ‘Cat Care Questions’

How do I introduce a new kitten to my adult cat?

Posted on: August 17th, 2010

How do I introduce a two-month-old male kitten to my five-year-old female cat? First, make sure that your kitten is healthy prior to introducing him to your older cat. Before bringing him home, take him to your veterinarian for a complete exam, including laboratory testing (your veterinarian may wish to do a leukemia test). It
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Can a three-legged cat live a normal life?

Posted on: August 17th, 2010

Because of their small body weight, cats do very well after the loss of a leg. Their human friends often take longer to adjust to the change than they do. It might help, however, to make the cat an exclusively indoor cat. It’s reflexes and ability to avoid predators may be a bit hampered. Another
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Declawing

Posted on: August 17th, 2010

Will declawing my cat change his personality? This is actually a bit of a controversial issue within the veterinary community. Many veterinarians feel that declawing a young kitten won’t change his personality. The procedure is least traumatic when performed on young animals, because they’re smaller and they have less weight to carry on their feet
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Walking a Cat on a Leash

Posted on: August 17th, 2010

I want to teach my cat to walk on a leash. He is 14 months old and slightly obese. I have a leash and harness for him. Do you have any tips for me? It’s admirable that you’re trying to help your feline buddy lose weight and stimulate him with walks. You may or may
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Grooming Your Cat

Posted on: August 17th, 2010

To prevent your cat’s long hair from getting tangled, try combing her every day to get her used to the experience and prevent the matts from forming. If your cat objects to this, she may benefit from a body shave two to three times per year from a professional groomer. Ask your veterinarian to recommend
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Can I give my cat a bath?

Posted on: August 4th, 2010

Cats are generally pretty clean and do not need regular bathing unless they become dirty or have a skin condition. General bathing can be done once a month. For a basic cleaning an over-the-counter pet shampoo will work. Avoid using human shampoos and other human products as they are much too harsh. If your pet
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