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Halloween Safety

October 22nd, 2018|

Halloween is nearly here!  It’s the time of year for dressing up in fun costumes and rushing your adrenaline with frightful scares.  You can decorate your home in unique and unusual ways, and there are tasty treats everywhere. Your cat, however, won’t understand any of it.  Sure, your cat MIGHT [...]

CBD Oil and Pets – The New Cure-all?

September 18th, 2018|

We have had several pet owners ask about giving CBD oil to their cats for various ailments. At the same time, many companies are popping up to sell hemp-based CBD online, and the oil can be found in many stores that sell herbal remedies and supplements. But, what actually is CBD [...]

Pet Fest 2018

August 24th, 2018|

It’s that time of year again!  The 13th annual Pet Fest is happening at the Missoula County Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 15th from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  Cats on Broadway Veterinary Hospital will be there, along with many other vendors and shelters.  If you’re thinking about adopting a new furry family [...]

Internet Pharmacies – The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

July 17th, 2018|

Everyone likes to save money, and that is no different when it comes to necessary medications and supplements. Veterinary (and human) medications can be costly, especially if a pet is on lifelong medications. Internet pharmacies may be a saving grace, but are you getting what you pay for? The National [...]

Refeeding Syndrome

June 19th, 2018|

Last month, we discussed the fatty liver and mentioned that, for some cats, food needs to be introduced slowly, or they could have worsening electrolyte abnormalities. This condition is called “refeeding syndrome.” It is a condition that can affect severely malnourished, underweight or starved animals once refeeding is started and [...]

The Fatty Liver

May 19th, 2018|

This month we will further discuss “fatty liver syndrome” (hepatic lipidosis). As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, it is one of the main reasons that we place feeding tubes in cats. So, what is it exactly? Quite simply, it is when the liver becomes overwhelmed by fat metabolism in the [...]

Feeding Tubes – Not Just for Hospice

April 19th, 2018|

I have placed more than a few feeding tubes over the years, and I frequently get asked: “Isn’t that just for cats in hospice?”  The short answer is: “No.”  So, I wanted to use this month’s newsletter to explain the use of feeding tubes.  Why would a cat need a [...]

Springtime in the Rockies

March 19th, 2018|

Spring is in the air again, and many cats will be looking to go back outside or spend more time outdoors. While going outside is a great source of stimulation and activity, it can also hold a lot of potential dangers for our feline friends. Outdoor hazards such as rival cats, [...]

Meowslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: A How-To Guide

February 20th, 2018|

Last month, we discussed the hierarchy of needs for cats. This month, we will look at ways we can meet these needs for our feline family members. Remember: meeting all of these needs should lead to maximum happiness for your kitty!  The first (or base) layer of needs for cats [...]

The Happy, Healthy Cat (Meowslow’s Hierarchy of Needs)

January 22nd, 2018|

I have seen it written that a healthy cat is a happy cat, but the converse is also true: a happy cat is a healthy cat. Just like humans, cats need stability in their life. It has recently been shown that animals can suffer from PTSD and that chronic stress [...]

Spaying

December 18th, 2017|

This month, we will look at the last of the “routine” surgeries that we commonly perform on cats: spaying.  For those who might not know, spaying is the removal of both the uterus and ovaries in a female cat. It is recommended that all female cats (that are not specifically [...]

Neutering

November 21st, 2017|

Most people have heard that they should spay and neuter their pets. Neutering is recommended for all male cats that will not be used for breeding (note: intentional breeding should only be done for improvement of a particular breed), but why is it so important? Neutering has many benefits for [...]

Declawing – A Necessary Evil?

October 18th, 2017|

In recent cat news, the American Association of Feline Practitioners has taken a strong stance against declawing. While declawing does seem to be on the way out, we still get several inquiries a week from people asking about declawing their cat or kitten. While we are happy to say that [...]

The Happy, Fat Cat?

September 18th, 2017|

You may have heard the phrase, “a fat cat is a happy cat”, but is this really true? While many cats do carry a little extra weight and are happy and healthy, there does reach a point where the weight is no longer “cute”. If your cat is overweight and [...]

Catnip Alternatives

August 16th, 2017|

Every cat guardian wants a happy and playful cat. One of the easiest ways to see a happy cat is to offer them catnip. But, what if your cat is one of the 40% of cats that doesn’t respond to catnip? Are they resigned to a lifetime of boredom?  Fortunately, [...]