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Cats are notorious for hating water. Luckily, bathing a cat is rarely needed. But have you ever wondered why they hate water so much? There are probable behavioral and possibly biological reasons for this.

Hairless cat

Does your cat give you The Look when it’s bath time? Find out why!
[Photo by Natalia Semenkova via Pexels]

Some cats actually like the water!

Cats are funny creatures, some actually do like water! It is not uncommon for some owners to mention their cat’s affinity for it. Splashing and pawing at streams of water probably have more to do with the play on light and shininess of the water than anything else.
Some breeds of cats are actually known for enjoying swimming, such as the Turkish Van, which has been nicknamed “the swimming cat” for that reason.

Three reasons why most cats don’t like the water

1. Behaviorally cats are generally less tolerant of change and new experiences than, say, the dog. A cat that has never been exposed to water probably won’t like the feeling of having their body drenched in it. A cat that has regularly been exposed to water as kitten may be more accepting of it.
2. Cats are also very fastidious creatures. They spend a lot of time grooming themselves and likely aren’t big fans of having anything that doesn’t smell “normal” on their fur. In their eyes, you’re creating more work for them by bathing them.
3. There are likely biological reasons as well. Even though many cats love the taste of fish, they are not ocean or river dwelling creatures historically. The domesticated cats are descendants of felines that typically live in dry arid areas. They have never learned to swim because there was no evolutionary need for it. This behavior, or lack thereof, has stuck around in our modern day cats.

For these reasons, never force your cat to swim if they don’t like it.

Tips if you must bathe a cat

Bathing is rarely needed for cats either. If your cat does need to be bathed for medical reasons, or if they became overly dirty for some reason, there are some ways to make it a little less stressful.

  • Fill the tub first, the sound and splashing of running water will make things worse.
  • Line the tub with a folded towel (which will of course become wet) so they feel like they have something to grip onto. A slippery tub floor will also cause more stress for the cat.
  • Use a container to carefully pour water over, versus using a faucet.
  • Lastly, be really careful around the face and eyes!

By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a U.S. dog and cat health insurance agency, since 2005.

Published on the Pets Best blog here.

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Answer: Your dog, if it’s been a while since he’s had a nail trim.

Have you examined your pet’s feet lately?  What do the toenails look like?  Unless your dog or cat gets groomed on a regular basis, its nails could be growing wild.

  • Some dogs and cats are afflicted with claws that grow around into the toepads.  The result is a bloody and painful mess.
  • Dewclaws or “thumbnails” which are not trimmed can sometimes catch in rugs, upholstery, or fences and tear or break off, which also leaves a bloody and painful mess.
  • Untrimmed nails may cause your pet’s toes to spread apart when standing or walking, which can cause discomfort.

     If your pet’s toenails are clicking on the floor, then it’s probably time to trim them back.  You can do this at home with a cooperative pet, a good pair of nail clippers, and steady nerves.

Start with a good pet nail trimmer.

     If your pet’s nails are white and you can see the pink quick inside, trim in front of the quick to lessen the chance of cutting a vein.  The quick is the fleshy part of the toenail, which has veins and can bleed when cut.  Leave a small amount of white nail between the trimmer blade and the quick.

Note:  Since cats normally retract their claws, you will need to gently squeeze each toe to extend the claws for trimming. Take care to wrap your cat in a thick towel if he tends to scratch or bite. 

     If your pet’s nails are black, you will not be able to see the quick.  In this case, trim off small amounts at a time.  In some pets, the tip of the nail is thinner than the base and is hollow-looking from the underside.  This is typically a safe area to cut, as it rarely contains blood vessels.

     Do not trim more than you are comfortable with.  If you feel that you have not removed enough of the nail, be sure to ask a groomer or vet to finish the job.
     Keep in mind that a pet will sometimes sense the owner’s nervousness and become nervous in response.  If you are anxious about trimming your pet’s nails, because you are afraid of cutting the quick, your anxiety may transfer to your pet which will then run and hide, saving you the trouble of trimming its nails.  As a result, you may wish to ask a groomer or the veterinary staff to do it for you.

     If you do cut the quick, the nail will bleed.  Use styptic powder or cornstarch with cotton and firm pressure to stop the bleeding.  Cut the other nails longer than any that bleed.  You can try a dremel tool like the sort advertised on tv, but we have heard few positive remarks about them.  Most clients report that their pets do not like the sound of the tool and run out of the room.

     Need a photo demonstration?  Washington State University has produced a guide to trimming claws on dogs and cats. 

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Originally posted on October 26, 2010.

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Last week, I wrote about the various signs that a cat needs a veterinary check-up for more than an annual wellness visit.

The problem for some cat owners is that the cat may be resistant to getting into the carrier at home and out of the carrier at the doctor’s office. Here are some ways you can make veterinary visits easier on you and your cat:

  • Use a top-loading carrier (like the one pictured), which is easy to get most cats in and out of.Cat carrier
  • Let the cat play and nap in the carrier at home. You can make it more inviting by adding a blanket or a few treats. Do not close the cat inside the carrier right away, or it may not wish to get back in. Work up to closing the lid or the door, then locking them for a few seconds. Gradually extend the time your cat spends in the carrier with the doors locked.
  • Reduce your cat’s stress in the car by using the carrier and taking shorter rides to places other than the veterinary clinic. (Note: do not leave your pet alone in the car, especially during hot or cold weather.)
  • Spray Feliway (a synthetic calming pheromone) inside the carrier and on a towel. Then drape the towel over the carrier in the car (if the car is not too hot) and at the doctor’s office.
  • Avoid feeding your cat for several hours before riding in the car. (Cats travel better on an empty stomach.)
  • Bring your cat’s favorite treats and toys with you to the veterinary clinic.
  • Practice regular care routines at home, like grooming, nail trimming, and teeth brushing.
  • Pretend to do regular veterinary procedures with your cat, like touching the cat’s face, ears, feet, and tail. [Note: if the cat is feral and not vaccinated for Rabies, this is not advised.]
  • Give your cat and the veterinary healthcare team a chance to interact in a less stressful situation by taking your cat to the clinic for a weight check, rather than only for exams and procedures.

Whether your cat is due or overdue for its annual checkup — or if you’ve noticed signs of illness —  Contact Us or call 757-583-2619 to schedule an appointment today.

These tips are borrowed from the brochure, “Have We Seen Your Cat Lately?,” available at our office.

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Lil’ Pals Pet Photography will return on September 14th. Look for their tricked-out RV in the parking lot next door, at Robin’s Grooming Nest.

Portrait sessions will take place inside the RV, so your pet can shine even when the sun doesn’t. More good news: the sitting fee is only $10 for this event! Space is limited, so call 540-903-3895 for your appointment today.

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Schedule Update:  Dr. Miele will be out of the office on Wednesday, September 12th. Our office will be open limited hours in the morning and afternoon for retail sales and patient information. Remember, we are unable to prescribe, authorize, or dispense medications in the doctor’s absence.
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Advantage II Special Reminder: The “Buy 1 pack – get 1 tube free” offer ends on September 29th. Stock up on flea control while there’s still time! 
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Sentinel Update:  Novartis, the makers of Sentinel, have begun manufacturing some medications at their newly-renovated plant. However, they still must test the new products for quality control and are not yet ready to release any medications for sale. At this time, there is no known release date for medications including Sentinel, Interceptor, Clomicalm, or Deramaxx. You can learn more about Novartis’s decision to temporarily shut down its plant here.

Good news: You can save money on future purchases of Sentinel with a special voucher provided by your veterinarian. Ask your vet for the voucher, then register it online before November 1, 2012, to be eligible for a rebate when product is available again. Instructions are included on the voucher, so get yours today!

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     As promised, I have begun a new Flea Farm, this time recording video of live flea larvae. Those little guys move fast! In fact, the video looks sped-up, but I promise not to have doctored the tape (not that I would know how to.)

Teaser photo to get you in the mood:

     To see the new live-action flea larvae shots, follow these links to our YouTube channel.

Shy flea larvae

Flea larvae – speedy little suckers!

Active flea larvae on the Flea Farm

     So, am I trying to gross you out with all these videos? A little. Because if your pets have fleas, your house is growing its own Flea Farm, without any assistance from you.

     But you don’t have to let the little bugs take over! Read on for tips and products to help you win the war on fleas (plus a fun article that will have you rooting for them in the next Olympics.)

Shortcuts to articles on fleas and flea control

Prevent flea product failure

A flea jumps how high?

Advantage special offer

Revolution special offer

Adams Flea & Tick Mist

Flea comb

Fleabusters Powder for the house

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Is your cat shy? Follow these steps to make vet visits easier.

If it’s been a year or more since your cat had a check-up, it’s time to get her to the vet.  Here are some tips* to make the veterinary visits more pleasant for you and your cat:

  • Start with a carrier that is easy to take your cat in and out of (top-loading carriers work best.)
  • Help your cat be more comfortable in the car by using the carrier and taking shorter rides to places other than the veterinary clinic.
  • Avoid feeding your cat for several hours before riding in the car (cats travel better on an empty stomach.)
  • Bring your cat’s favorite treats and toys with you to the veterinary clinic.
  • Practice regular care routines at home, like grooming, nail trimming and teeth brushing.
  • Pretend to do routine veterinary procedures with your cat, like touching the cat’s face, ears, feet and tail.
  • Give your cat and the veterinary healthcare team a chance to interact in a less stressful situation by taking your cat to the clinic for a weight check, rather than only for exams and procedures.

BONUS: Check out these products specially designed to help calm your stressed-out pet during vet visits, car rides, and thunderstorms.    

Feliway

HomeoPet Anxiety Relief

Thundershirt

*These tips are available at our office in the Pet Owner Guide “Have We Seen Your Cat Lately?” from BI Vetmedica.

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This article was originally published on June 20, 2011. 

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     For over 50 years, Eggleston Services has been providing work opportunities for disabled adults in our area, through businesses like the Tanners Creek Garden Center, Document Conversion and Shredding, and E-stitch Custom Embroidery Services.  Now, Eggleston has added Let’s Go! Pet Care to its line-up. 

     Sharing space with the Garden Center on LaValette Avenue in Norfolk, Let’s Go! Pet Care provides grooming, training, dog walking and taxi services to residents in the Riverview area and beyond.  Although the pet taxi has serviced clients all over Hampton Roads, Let’s Go! Pet Care’s taxi plans to focus on Norfolk pet owners as the busy season approaches.

     Let’s Go! Pet Care is home to Norfolk’s only self-service dog washing station, so you can bathe your pet without making a mess at home – or you can relax and let the staff do it for only $10 more.  Don’t forget to check out their retail selection featuring all-natural dog toys and grooming products, as well as collars, leashes, and pet food.

     I like the taxi service that Let’s Go! offers, because that has proven to be a recurring need for pet owners in this area.  But no matter which service you choose, Erin, who manages Let’s Go! Pet Care, says you’ll appreciate the more personalized service you and your pet will receive from their trained, professional staff.  To learn more about their services and fees, visit their website or call (757) 440-3565.  ~~  Jen

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