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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, [...]

Pet Fest in August!

July 26th, 2017|

Hello, everybody and everykitty!  It's been a very busy summer, and we hope you're staying safe and cool!  We just wanted to take a moment to give everyone a heads-up about Pet Fest next month. Important: Pet Fest will be at the Missoula County Fairgrounds this year! This year, Pet [...]

Summer Travel with Your Cat

June 17th, 2017|

The summer travel season is here once again, and many of us will be traveling with our pets. While lots of people will be traveling with their dogs, there are an increasing number of people traveling with their cats. It is not as impossible as it seems, and many cats [...]

Kitten Veterinary Care Basics

May 23rd, 2017|

Kitten season is here once again, so for this month, we are going to review kitten veterinary health basics. Most kittens go to a new home at 6 – 8 weeks of age, and most (unless they come from a shelter or reputable breeder) have not had any previous veterinary [...]

Abscesses – The Unofficial Start of Spring

April 21st, 2017|

Now that spring is here, many cats will be spending more time outside. Thus, it is the unofficial start of abscess season. Cats most often develop an abscess due to fighting with (or running away from) another cat; although, any small puncture can potentially lead to an abscess. This means [...]

Springtime Plants – Beautiful and Sometimes Deadly

March 20th, 2017|

It has been a few years since I have done a newsletter on toxic plants. As the spring season approaches, I thought it would be a good time to remind everyone about the dangers of poisonous plants, both inside and outside the home. Below are a few of the more [...]

Resorptive Lesions: The Insidious Dental Disease

February 15th, 2017|

National Dental Month is here!  In honor of this month, we will discuss the most common dental lesion seen in cats: Resorptive lesions. The term "resorptive lesion" (RL) has gone through several name changes throughout the years and has also been called cervical line lesion, cervical neck lesion, and feline [...]

The Happy, Healthy Mouth

January 17th, 2017|

Happy New Year to you all! I'll bet everyone made a resolution to help keep their cat's mouth healthy this year, right?! Luckily, February is National Dental Month! Why is every February dedicated to the awareness of dental health in pets? Because, animal dental health is often taken for granted. This [...]

Those Amazing Organs, Part 4: The GI Tract

December 24th, 2016|

The last of the major abdominal organs we will discuss is the GI (gastrointestinal) tract. The GI tract includes the mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine; however, we will be focusing on the stomach and small and large intestines.  The GI tract is responsible for processing nutrients [...]