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"Of all possessions, a friend is the most precious."

- Heradotus

One of the reasons that cats often end up in need of emergency care is simply because of a well-intentioned mistake. Many cat owners have guessed that they could use the same flea and tick prevention on their cat as they can on their small dog. Unless a product has been specifically formulated for both species, this just is not true. Many flea and tick preventatives are highly toxic to cats.

As we are approaching warmer weather and the abundance of fleas and ticks that come with spring, this is important information to share with all those who are owned by cats. An ounce of toxicity prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Pyrethrins Can Be Lethal to Cats

Pyrethrins are the active ingredients in many brands of tick and flea preventatives for dogs and other household insecticides. They are derived from chrysanthemums. Pyrethroids are the synthetic version. Other common names for these substances that might be found on ingredient labels include:

  • Allethrin
  • Deltamethrin
  • Cypermethrin
  • Permethrin
  • Cyphenothrin

While pyrethrins have long been used safely on dogs, cats do not metabolize them the same way. This is why cat owners must be very careful not to mix up their cat’s and dog’s medications. It is also a good precaution to separate your dog from his or her kitty friend immediately after application of topical preventative. This is just until it has dried and cannot rub off on the cat.


Become familiar with the symptoms…just in case.

  • Ataxia
  • Facial or ear twitching
  • Muscle tremors
  • Seizures
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What To Do

If your cat has had a pyrethrin-containing product put on it, treat the situation as an emergency! If you can easily wash off any topical product that is still wet on the skin, do it. Immediately go to your vet for treatment. Any cat that is already displaying neurological symptoms will need to be hospitalized and medications will likely be given to prevent further seizures or stop muscle spasms. He or she will be monitored closely and may be put on IV fluids. Without veterinary help, there is risk of death.

Not sure if it’s safe to use a product you already have? Don’t hesitate to call or visit us! We’re here to help, and that includes education as well as treatments.

polydactyl cats, thumb cats, hemingway cats, extra toes, cat thumbs, falls village vet, raleigh animal hospitalPolydactyl cats, thumb cats, mitten cats, Hemingway cats, Cardi cats. We’re talking about cats with extra toes, and they have many names. The origin of the word “polydactyl” is Greek: “poly” means many or multiple and “dactyl” means digits or fingers and toes. Curious about these many-toed felines? Read on for four interesting facts about them.

Stay with us below as we feature two adoptable, digitally-enhanced cats right here in Raleigh who are waiting patiently with our friends at Purr Partners cat rescue for their purrfect forever homes! You’re going to love them.

1. Polydactylism is Hereditary

Cats with extra toes have them because of a genetic mutation that often results in a dominant gene being shared down a family tree. If one parent is polydactyl, odds are good that at least some of their children will also be polydactyl. This is fairly common, and the reason for the famous “Hemingway cats” being so frequently associated with the mutation. Ernest Hemingway was a cat lover whose cat had extra toes. She had kittens with extra toes, then they had kittens with extra toes. So now, the many-toed offspring of that family line still live today at the Hemingway Museum and are a tourist attraction in their own right.

2. Some Parts of the World Have More Thumb Cats Than Others

Long ago, many sailors believed polydactyl cats brought good luck! Ships often traveled with a cat on board to catch stowaway mice, anyway. A lucky cat was even better! It is thought that this is why there are many old port cities that even now have much higher than average populations of these kitties. Generally, the east coast of North America and western England and Wales are known to have many digitally gifted cats.

polydactyl cats, thumb cats, hemingway cats, extra toes, cat thumbs, falls village vet, raleigh animal hospital3. The Extra Toes Aren’t Always in the Same Location

Most cats have their extra toes on the inside of their front paws, hence the reference to them resembling thumbs or making their paws look like mittens. But far less often, the toes may appear on the back paws or both! There are a couple of world-record holding cats with 28 toes because they have them on both feet!

4. Extra Toes Don’t Cause Problems… Most of the Time

Generally, the worst thing for a cat about having extra toes is having extra claws to trim if needed. Occasionally, some of these kitties might have recurring issues with particular claws tending to be ingrown if not managed well, so it’s a good idea to keep a eye out for this if you adopt a polydactyl furry family member.

There is a condition often confused with common polydactylism known as feline radial hypoplasia, but it is genetically different. In addition to more toes, this condition can cause twisted forelimbs and pain. Fortunately, it’s rare.

Raleigh cat rescue has polydactyl cats for adoption!

Purr Partners has two polydactyl cats available for adoption! Contact them to adopt or please share this to help them find their forever families.


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Ernie is a polydactyl kitten looking for the purrfect forever home.

Meet Ernie! Born in May 2018, he came to rescue because someone dumped him at a landfill. Fortunately, he was found by a caretaker of the local feral cat colony there. Ernie is an awesome little boy with super big feet and thumbs and loves to gently pat your face with them!

While his thumbs are very cool, the best thing about Ernie is his super personality. He is playful and entertaining, but he is also very much a cuddler and a lap kitty. When you sit down, he’s there. He’s all about snuggling and being close…really close…to you. However, he’s still a kitten, so he has lots of energy, and he adores toys and running and romping. He loves his foster playmates, and there’s nothing better than a good game of chase. He is wonderful with all cats, and people, he meets.

Could you be Ernie’s purrfect match?




Nicole has big, beautiful eyes and extra special thumbs! She’s available for adoption.

Meet Nicole! Born June 2016, she’s a beautiful, affectionate girl who is also blessed in the thumb department. She loves to play and snuggle and is happy to be your lap cat.

Nicole has very firm beliefs, and one of them is that she shall be the one-and-only princess in the household, and any other felines shall be jumped upon and bullied into submission. Therefore, we do not recommend an adoption to a home with another cat (that is, of course, unless you really don’t like your other cat). She also tends to sound stuffy a lot. Her vet says that her “stuffiness” is due to an issue when she was a kitten and will remain with her for the rest of her life, but it does not bother this brave girl at all. So, really, as long as she’s allowed to be someone’s princess, she has no issues and will make someone very happy with their new furry family member.






safe to give bones to dogs, dog treats, raleigh animal hospitalFamily meals, especially around the excess of holiday feasts and gatherings, are often tempting times to share the bones of your leftovers with your dog. But is that a good idea? Even if you aren’t sure, is your pup’s best begging face too much for you to bear?

The short answer: when in doubt, just stick to other healthy dog treats you are probably already cooking with. Bones can be dangerous.

The long answer: there are a few different things you must consider. Let’s look at bones as dog treats from a medical perspective.

Yes, Bones Have Nutritional Value

There’s a reason for the human diet trend lately of buying or making “bone broth”. Bones can provide some minerals and other nutrients. The caveat, is that cooking reduces that anyway, so you probably aren’t sharing as much nutrition with your dog as you think. Add to that the fact that cooked bones are risky business anyway.

Cooked Bones Are Dangerous

You might end up rushing your dog into emergency surgery because of this. Cooked bones of any kind are far more likely to splinter and break as they are chewed than raw bones. This is extremely dangerous. Bone shards can injure the mouth, throat, stomach, and/or intestines. They can become stuck which quickly escalates into a life-threatening situation, not to mention a painful one.

Poultry and pork bones are especially dangerous because of splintering. Steer clear of these completely. There is no safe poultry or pork bone that you can share with your pet.

What About Raw Bones?

Raw bones are both more nutritious and less likely to splinter, depending on the type of bone. The only kinds of raw bones that are generally considered to be safe from splintering are beef and lamb.

But, again, the caveats:

Keep in mind that raw animal products bear an increased risk of bacteria like salmonella causing illness.

Also, never give a dog any bone that is small enough to swallow. Many dogs will surprise you with what they seem to find an appropriate size of item to swallow, so it’s up to you to make that call regardless of the type of treat you are giving them. Bones must be large enough that there is no risk of this.

A Final Bit of Advice

Keep an eye on your dog anytime they are given a chew treat. Dogs can choke, just like people can.

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Brushing your dog’s teeth is an important step in maintaining whole body health for your dog. It’s no secret that the bacteria that build up in your pet’s mouth over time cause more than just bad breath, tartar, gingivitis, and damaged teeth. It is also proven to contribute to heart, liver, and kidney problems over time. All of these potential problems are why the best thing that you can do for your dog to prevent these issues is to learn how to brush your dog’s teeth, and do it often.

When brushing your dog’s teeth, there are a few things to keep in mind to make the experience easier for both of you. The first is to be patient. Most dogs find the experience odd to begin with but will get used to the routine over time as long as you keep the conditions calm and pleasant. Think in terms of positive reinforcement. You want to reward cooperation (or even just mild tolerance!). Do not punish a dog who’s wiggling around and just doesn’t get what’s going on. This can end up creating a negative association. Praise them during brushing, and reward them with a healthy treat after you’re done!

This leads us to the second thing to consider: doggy toothpaste. Many dog toothpastes come in a variety of flavors like beef or peanut butter so that your dog enjoys the toothpaste itself! This can be really beneficial when creating a positive association with a new routine. Unlike human toothpastes, they are safe for your pet to swallow. Never substitute human toothpaste for dog toothpaste. Many human toothpastes include the sweetener xylitol, which is highly toxic to pets.

Next, consider your toothbrush options. We recommend starting out with a finger brush to get both you and the dog used to brushing. A finger brush fits over your index finger and has soft, short bristles on it that you will use to gently brush the teeth and gums. You can also find handled brushes that are similar to what humans use but longer and angled. They can take a little more getting used to for most dogs, though.

How to do the actual brushing? Pull back your dog’s lips so you can see the teeth and gums, and gently brush, working your way around to the other side of the mouth. Pay attention to the crevices between teeth, and don’t forget the teeth at the back of the mouth. Don’t worry if you don’t feel like you’re able to do a thorough job initially. Any brushing is better than no brushing! This also gives you a good opportunity to keep a check on the condition of your dog’s teeth and gums.

Now that you’re brushing your dog’s teeth, how often should you do it? Well, ideally, daily. You’d be amazed at what a difference your veterinarian is able to tell over time with patients who get their teeth brushed daily. However, if you aren’t able to do it every day, you can still be very beneficial to your dog’s health by just keeping a regular, frequent schedule.

What Happens If You Don’t Brush Your Dog’s Teeth?

how to brush dog’s teeth, dog dental care, dog dentist, raleigh animal hospitalThe ugly truth is that while most dogs need a professional, veterinary dental cleaning at some point in their lives (these require general anesthesia), dogs who never had their teeth brushed are far more likely to need multiple cleanings, to have infections in the mouth, to require tooth extractions, or to develop major organ diseases because of the damage done by bacteria over time.

If you think your pet may already have symptoms of some of these problems, contact your vet for an exam. Also, check out the AVMA’s list of periodontal disease symptoms.

The good news is that it’s never too late to start!

What About Cats?

Cats have the same dental problems that dogs have. Brushing a cat’s teeth can be more challenging, though, as most cat people would rightly guess. Some will tolerate it, others won’t. Feel free to reach out for some tips on keeping your feline’s teeth fresh and clean! We’re cat lovers, too!

Fall allergies feeling like the bane of your existence right now? If dogs and cats could speak English, they’d probably concur. Many pets are just as susceptible to the dreaded pollens and molds of the seasons as we are. They just experience different symptoms, and in some ways, they have it worse than we do. Your eyes may be watery, nose may be runny, and sneezes profuse, but at least you don’t feel the need to chew your toes in public and have ears that smell like a pungent sourdough bread starter to everyone within a certain radius.

The Allergy Culprits: Pollen & Mold

Seasonal allergies are most often associated with pollens and molds that we and our pets are exposed to naturally in our environments. In the fall, these are often different, or just in varying amounts, from the spring. Ragweed is perhaps the top cause of fall allergies because late summer through October is when it is pollinated. And here in North Carolina, where it’s humid most of the time, mold is just a fact of life, especially coming out of the super humid summers and into fall. Pollens and molds are unavoidable to a large extent, but when we know what and when our pets’ triggers are, we can work to reduce exposure to minimize symptoms and treat them when needed to prevent them from becoming serious.

Fall Allergy Symptoms

Symptoms for fall allergies are primarily seen as dermatologic issues in both cats and dogs. Less commonly, we also see watery eyes. Dogs are most likely to suffer from seasonal allergies, but both can experience:

  • itchy skin
  • watery eyes
  • gunky, yeasty ears that may become infected
  • hair loss
  • skin infections
  • itchy, yeasty, or tender paws
  • sores on skin

Treatment Options

dog seasonal allergies, fall allergies, ragweedSome pets have more severe allergies than others, so treatments vary. Some pets will struggle with allergies during the whole season, while others only struggle with the duration of one particular pollen for a shorter period of time. Some may have relatively mild symptoms while others have chronic infections that require antibiotics and a more aggressive strategy. This is why it’s always a good idea to have your pet examined by a veterinarian, then develop a good plan to get through the season.

Each pet is an individual, so their treatments might need to be, too. Antihistamines might be a good choice for many pets to help them get through the season with their allergies well-managed while others need extra help. Particular shampoos can help calm inflamed skin, antibiotics might be required to quickly deal with a painful ear or skin infection. It’s even common for dogs to get yeasty, raw skin between the pads of their feet which might need to be treated with medicated wipes.

Overall, there are several options for your pet’s treatment, and it’s our job to determine the best course of action for good, and safe, results.

Let Us Help!

While we wish that no one had to deal with seasonal allergies, we do feel happy to be able to treat your pets and help them feel better. We enjoy dermatology: the process, the “before and after”, the wags, and the purrs. Call us!

A word of caution:
Please, always consult with your veterinarian before giving your pets any antihistamines. Not all of them are safe for pets, and dosages need to be managed carefully.


Many dog owners know the importance of giving their canine companions heartworm prevention, but relatively few cat owners follow suit. It is a common misconception that cats, especially those that live outdoors, are not at risk for heartworm disease. However, heartworms have been detected in cats in all 50 states.

How Do Cats Get Infected?

In a study done in North Carolina, 28% of the heartworm positive cats were indoor only. It is the mosquito that serves to spread the disease from an infected host, and these tiny insects can easily get indoors. The infected mosquito bites a cat, injecting the heartworm larvae into the skin. From there, the larvae migrate through the muscle to the blood vessels and organs, particularly the lungs. The cat’s immune system reacts to these invaders and may be able to keep the larvae from developing into adults. Even if successful, this immune response in and of itself can result in inflammation of the lung tissue, airways and associated blood vessels. Additionally, even the immature larvae can cause physical blockage of smaller vessels, resulting in damage and dysfunction.

Consequently, any signs of heartworm disease that are noticeable in cats tend to be respiratory in nature, thus the term Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD). Fragments of dying worms can also cause blockage of vessels in any area of the body. Aberrant migration of worms to the brain, eye, or spinal cord may manifest in neurological signs.

How Can I Tell if My Cat is Infected?

Symptoms Associated with HARD include the following:

  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Blindness
  • Collapse
  • Convulsions
  • Sudden death

Can I Get My Cat Tested for HARD?

Due to the immune response of the cat, there may be only one or two larvae that manage to develop into adult worms. This makes it difficult to detect their presence, as commonly available tests work by identifying heartworm antigens in the blood sample. These antigens are proteins produced by the adult female worms. A cat could potentially host multiple adult male worms and would still test negative for heartworms.

There are also antibody tests available, which would detect exposure to heartworms, but they do not determine if there are heartworms currently present in the cat. For instance, a cat that was infected but whose immune system was able to prevent all the larvae from developing would have antibodies present, but no active infection.

How Can I Treat My Cat For Heartworms?

Not only are heartworms in a cat difficult to detect, there is currently no treatment available. The drug that is used to treat heartworms in dogs can be fatal to cats. This makes prevention essential to our feline friends’ health.


So remember: Heartworms in cats cause damage, are difficult to detect, and can be deadly! Please protect your pets with prevention!

Believe it or not, humans aren’t the only species that get stressed out: dogs have anxiety too! But unlike their two-legged companions, they can’t tell a therapist about it. However, their behavior can speak a thousand words if you know how to listen! In this article, a Raleigh, NC vet discusses how to spot separation anxiety in your dog and what you can do about it.


What is Separation Anxiety?

Throughout the day you may have several places to be at once: going to work, running errands, picking the kids up from school, just to name a few. But to your furry friend, you walking out the door means one thing: for an indefinite amount of time, their best friend is gone and that scares them. This is separation anxiety in a nutshell: the distress your dog experiences because you’re not around.

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Why Is My Dog Anxious When I’m Gone?

Canines are fundamentally social creatures: in the wild they live in packs, meaning they are rarely alone. So it’s no wonder that even the most domesticated dog will seek out similar companionship. You, your family, and your other pets are your dog’s foster-pack, so it makes sense that being isolated would stress him out!


How Can I Tell If My Dog is Anxious?

As we mentioned earlier, your dog can’t tell you he’s anxious with words. Instead, dogs will often demonstrate their anxiety by acting out while you’re away and, oftentimes, these actions are misinterpreted as bad behavior. Some examples of this could include using the bathroom where he shouldn’t, destroying furniture, or clawing/ biting your personal belongings. He may get into the trash and scatter it around the house. He could finally defeat his arch nemesis–that pretty pillow you just got–strew it’s fluffy innards all over the couch. And if you have a doggy camera setup, you may notice him pacing around, waiting at the door, barking or howling, or even trying to escape.


How Do I Treat Separation Anxiety?

As always, the best place to start with anxiety treatment is to consult a professional– in this case, your local NC vet! They’ll be able to give you advice depending on how (and to what severity) your canine is acting out. Besides consulting your doggy doctor, there are a few simple dos and don’ts for treating anxiety on your own:

Give him plenty to do while you’re gone: boredom may be contributing to his restlessness!

Take him to the bathroom before you leave: maybe he’s anxiously awaiting your return because he needs to “go”!

Don’t talk to him as you walk out the door: you may be alerting him to your impending absence!

Be patient with your pup: it can take some time to “unlearn” his anxious habits!

And lastly, don’t get upset if he acts up: dogs don’t understand that their behavior is bad, so punishing them for it will probably confuse them. Instead, rewarding your dog for being good is the better route to behavior modification.


If you suspect that your pup has separation anxiety, or you simply want to learn more about it, contact us –your Raleigh, NC vet–today!

Many pet owners are not aware that their pets need regular dental care just like people do. They may just consider bad breath to be part of living with a pet. It may be assumed that a normal part of the aging process is for their pet to lose teeth. When you consider that people brush their teeth daily and go to the dentist for cleanings twice a year but dogs and cats may never have any dental care whatsoever, it’s no wonder that they develop bad breath and dental disease. However, it doesn’t have to be this way! In fact, dental care is an important part of a pet’s preventative health care (as well as treatment in cases of dental disease).

The Importance of Pet Dental Hygiene

And while fresh breath and pearly white teeth are pleasant, there are also more important aspects of dental care. Tartar buildup and gingivitis can lead to painful infections of the gums and teeth. This can lead to abscesses and damaged teeth which require extraction. Gum recession can cause otherwise healthy teeth to become loose and fall out.

In addition to affecting the structures of the mouth, dental disease can also lead to infection of internal organs including the heart, liver and kidneys and cause major problems over time. This occurs when infection in the mouth enters the bloodstream and is then spread throughout the body.

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Professional Care vs. At-Home Solutions

Consult A Vet Dentist

So now that you know the importance of dental care for your pet, you may be wondering just what you can do to help. First, let us emphasize that the only way to get rid of tartar build-up is to have your pet come in for a professional cleaning. Attempting to scrape tartar off at home leaves a roughened surface on the enamel of the tooth which actually creates an even better opportunity for more plaque and tartar to form. This scraping also does NOT clean under the gum line (as does the ultrasonic scaler used during a professional cleaning). Not to mention the risk of injuring your pet’s gums if they wiggle or jump at just the wrong time. This is one of those things that you really shouldn’t try at home! However, there are products for home use that can be used as a preventative measure.


Things You Can Try at Home

Regular use of preventative care products will slow the development of dental disease and extend the length of time between needed professional dental procedures. Some of these products include pet toothpaste, CET chews, rinses and Aquadent water additive.


When using toothpaste it is important to use one that is made specifically for pets. Human toothpaste is not meant to be swallowed and I’ve yet to see the dog that has been taught to rinse and spit. It is also most beneficial to select one that is enzymatic, meaning it works without having to physically scrub your pet’s teeth with a brush. All that is needed is to place a small amount on your fingertip and smear it along your pet’s gum line. It helps kill the bacteria that allows plaque formation and causes gingivitis.

Dental Chews

CET chews are coated with the same sort of enzyme as the toothpaste and work in the same manner, except it is your pet’s chewing which gets the product into his mouth where it is needed. Chews for dogs look like rawhides, while chews for cats are small and round and come in fish and poultry flavors. It is important to note that particularly for cats, other “dental “ or “tartar control” treats that rely on the cat chewing a hard, dry kibble may not be as effective. This is because cats have teeth that are designed to hold and tear their food, not to grind, so they often will eat such treats whole or shatter the treat with one crunch.

Mouth Rinses

There are also rinses available that are made to be gently squirted along the gum line and are formulated to cling to your pet’s teeth where the product kills bacteria and keeps plaque from forming.
Another easy option is the Aquadent water additive. You simply add a small amount of concentrate to your pet’s drinking water once a day. As your pet drinks, this acts like a mouthwash and can be particularly good for keeping the gums healthy.

All these products are conveniently available at our office. Our staff will be happy to assist you in selecting the best products to use for your pet and also with any dental health questions you may have. Schedule an appointment today!

As your dog ages, he may need some extra special care to keep him comfortable. After all, he’ll still be your same furry friend, he’s just ready for a little R&R! Besides being a good way to pamper your pup, these solutions also serve a more practical purpose: to make daily routines easier and alleviate the pain that might accompany them. In this article, a Raleigh, NC vet discusses ways you can spoil your canine friend!


Tips for Caring for Your Senior Dog1 | Pet-Conscious Home Improvement

First thing’s first: who doesn’t love a good bed? There are few better ways to make your dog feel instantly more comfortable than upgrading his favorite snoozing spot. And thanks to the enormous variety of beds available on the internet, you and your dog are certainly spoiled for choice!

Speaking of comfort, we’ve all experienced how unpleasant a crick in the neck can be. Neck straining is another issue that you dog may have as he ages, but thankfully, this can be easily remedied by getting him an elevated dish!

Once he’s well into his golden years, you dog may also need help reaching the same places he used you. For example, if climbing onto the bed or couch is giving him trouble, consider investing in a pet ramp! Ramps can eliminate unnecessary muscle and joint strain by providing an gradually inclined path for your pup!


2 | Work Those Muscles

While getting proper, comfortable rest is critical for a senior dog, exercise is just as important. Your canine may not have the same youthful energy he did as a puppy, but even a leisurely walk can do wonders for his health. Please ask your local Raleigh vet for exercise recommendations.


3 | Spa Visits

After a jaunt around the neighborhood, a dog massage might be just what the doctor ordered! Not only are massages relaxing, they can also improve blood flow and alleviate muscle soreness.

If you suspect that your dog has persistently achy muscles or joints, be sure that you are consistently trimming your pet’s nails. Long nails could be affecting his stride and putting unfamiliar strain on this frame. In general, keeping up with your dog’s grooming–including coat treatments and teeth cleaning–is crucial to your canine’s health.


4 | Regular Check-Ups

In addition to grooming needs, make sure that your dog is up-to-date on all vaccinations and is routinely checked for parasites. Regularly scheduled exams will ensure your veterinarian can check in on your pet’s health, as well as provide preventative care.


5 | Love Your Dog

Finally, your dog’s tail may wag a little slower than it used to, but he’s still your furry companion. Be sure to praise him when he’s good, give him his favorite treats, and–as always– shower him with love!

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Would you ever wear a fur coat in the middle of summer? Probably not! Our feline friends, however, don’t have much of a choice in the matter. Summertime can be very dangerous for cats, who can be at serious risk of heat stroke on sweltering days. Panting may help kitties cool off a little, but this isn’t very effective for them. Sweating doesn’t help much either, as cats only sweat through their paw pads. Here are some great tips for keeping your furry pal cool in summer.

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1 | Fresh Water

First and foremost, always keep Fluffy’s bowl filled with fresh, clean water. On really hot days, you can drop an ice cube into her water to keep it cooler. If Fluffy is often home alone, consider getting her a water bowl with an automatic dispenser.

2 | Brushing

Brushing Kitty’s fur will remove dead hair and tangles, both of which reduce her fur’s natural insulating properties. Give Fluffy quick grooming sessions every day to help keep her from overheating. Some kitties may enjoy being misted with cool water.

3 | Sleeping Spots

Just like people, kitties instinctively seek out cooler spots to lounge in when it’s hot outside. Make sure your feline pal has access to rooms that have fans or air conditioners. An elevated kitty bed will allow for airflow beneath your sleeping furball, which will help keep her cool.

4 | Playtimes

Our feline friends all benefit from regular exercise, but getting your kitty worked up during the hottest hours of the day can be dangerous. Play with Fluffy in the morning or after dusk. If you walk your cat, avoid taking her out during the hottest part of the day. Toss an ice cube onto the floor for your feline pal to bat around. The cool feeling of ice on hot paw pads may result in feline bliss!

Always monitor your cat for signs of heat stroke. Early symptoms include restlessness, panting, sweaty paws, drool, and unusually heavy grooming. This can be followed by a rapid pulse, vomiting, staggering, and lethargy. If your kitty shows any of these symptoms, contact us right away! Your emergency vet may advise you to take immediate steps to bring Fluffy’s temperature down. Wrapping her in a cool, wet towel, or misting her with cool water in front of a fan, are two things that may help.

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