Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Does Your Cat Need Some TLC?

The other day, we had a client say, "You never realize how bad your pet was feeling until they're feeling good again."  When we're sick, we need Tender Loving Care, and we let everyone know about it.  How can our pets tell us?  Here's the first problem:  They don't tell us.  They always try to hide their problems because instinct tells them to do so.  When we would seek out T.L.C., our pets will hide.  We have to look for subtle signs.  Is Fluffy hiding?  Does she seek out warm spots?  Is she taking longer to greet you when you get home?  Does she growl when you touch certain spots?  Does she suddenly seem to have lost five pounds overnight?  Is she drinking more water? Is she asking to go out all the time.  Has the litter box been particularly wet lately?

When we talk to you about your pets, we hear some key words with a sick animal.  If your dog or cat is hiding, lethargic, or just generally 'off' his normal behavior, we'd love to see him.  Pets (especially cats) will hide their problems until there's not much we can do to help.  Please don't let them wait too long.

~~Kelley Wagner, CVT

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