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Feline Environmental Enrichment

Some days I look at my cat Clover and wish we could change places. She seems quite content to spend the day sleeping and eating. Sounds pretty good to me. But the truth is that cats need more to help keep them mentally and physically stimulated. Boredom in cats can lead to unwanted destructive behavior, stress, inter-cat aggression, over grooming, obesity and feline lower urinary tract disease. By providing a home that meets their needs, we can create a safe environment for our feline family members.

Ways to increase the environmental enrichment in your home:

  • Scratching post: Scratching is a normal cat behavior. It provides an outlet for stress. By providing a place for a cat to scratch, we help prevent them from going after our furniture.
  • Vertical space: Cats love to climb and jump. You can easily provide vertical space with a cat trees or shelves. This provides a high place where your cat can rest safely.
  • Litter box: A clean, fresh litter box is essential for a happy cat. The cardinal rule is plus one litter box for every cat in the household. So if you have three cats – you want to have four litterboxes. It is important to keep it cleaned everyday.
  • Window watching: Cats love to watch out the window. You can also place a bird feeder just on the otherside to increase the activity. Just make sure the window is closed to prevent our feline friends from escaping.
  • Toys:  Toys don’t have to be expensive or elaborate. Cardboard tubes and boxes can be just as exciting for most cats.
  • Puzzle feeders: As cats are natural predators, puzzle feeders (like Slim Cat) make them work a little harder to get their meal. This not only provides more exercise but also provides mental stimulation. Win win!

These are just a few ideas to help increase the environmental enrichment of your home and to help provide a healthy environment for our cats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link. You will be connected to an on-call veterinarian that may be located at a different hospital.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Fairmont Animal Hospital