Friends for Life: The Surprising Rewards of Cat Ownership

cat owner.

Before we even know it’s happening, cats find their ways into our hearts and homes. With sweet, inquisitive meows, they weave between our ankles, gaze into our eyes, and seem to dispatch ancient truths about existence (naps are the secret). Some people are just “cat people” and know implicitly the value of cat ownership. Other folks might be intrigued but really don’t know what all the fuss is about. We are so happy to be able to share what we know so far about the incredible experience of cat ownership.

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Caring for a Cat With Cancer

Caring for cat with cancer.

While having a pet who has been diagnosed with cancer can be a very difficult time in any animal lover’s life, Long Animal Hospital is here to help. If you have a cat with cancer, keep reading to learn how to help them live the best life possible. 

Cancer in Cats

Cancer as a whole is a fairly generic term. Used to describe the uncontrolled and abnormal growth of cells within the body, cancer can start in any tissue or anywhere. Skin tumors, blood cancers, and abdominal masses are all considered types of cancer but can behave very differently due to their location and impact on normal body functions.

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Understanding Feline Behavior: A Clingy Cat Could Need More Than Your Attention

Clingy cat.

It can be very confusing to know what’s going on with a cat. They may act like they despise you only to rub against your calves a minute later. They might chatter at you incessantly only to ignore you moments later. What’s an owner to do?

Their elusive personality traits can clue an owner into subtle health issues. For example, a normally quiet or aloof cat that starts to vocalize might be trying to say something important. A suddenly clingy cat might also need immediate help.

Healthy Oversight

An understanding of your cat’s behavior helps with their essential needs. Knowing how they might react to certain stimuli can lead you to reducing or eliminating it altogether. Being able to deliver exactly what they like and need builds their trust and facilitates a closer human-feline relationship. 

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How To Keep Your Cat Safe at Night

Cat outside at night.

Cats prefer early evening and morning hours for hunting and exploring, but the great outside welcomes kitties with lots of risk. If your cats are outside cats, there are things you can do to minimize their risk of injury or disease. Before you let your cat outside to roam, weigh the risks.

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How To Recognize Urinary Tract Infections in Cats

Cat with urinary tract infection.

If your cat cries often and refuses to use the litter box, he or she might be suffering from a urinary tract infection (UTI). The most common causes of UTIs in cats are blockage, stress complications, cystitis (FIC), or stones. Symptoms may be caused by something else, like feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD). 

The Veterinarians at Long Animal Hospital can diagnose your cat’s issues and offer treatment options as needed. We want to help you know what symptoms to look for if you suspect your cat is suffering from a urinary tract infection.

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What to Do in a Cat Emergency

A grey cat sits against a yellow background.

Life Happens; and there will be times our pets need emergency care, just like people. 

No matter what is happening, Long Animal Hospital is here to help in your time of need. Even though we have your back on the medicine part of things, your pet still needs your to recognize and act, though, when something is awry. Do you know how to help in the event of a cat emergency?

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Control to Cope: Up Close and Personal With Cat Hairballs

cats and hairballs

To truly understand the concept of cause and effect, look no further than the domestic feline. When they aren’t sleeping, eating, or playing, they are grooming themselves or their furry housemates. Indeed, cats are incredibly detail-oriented when it comes to their appearance (a trait inherited from their wild relatives, self-grooming kept them safe from predators). But where does all that loose fur go? 

Cat hairballs are the direct result of self or allogrooming, but they aren’t ever a welcome sight!

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Why Spay and Neuter Surgeries Can Keep Pets Healthy 

two kittens

Spay and neuter surgeries are something that occurs during our pets’ first year of life. At most rescues and animal shelters, pets who are adopted out can only be adopted after they have had their spay or neuter surgery.

While most pet owners don’t like to have their pets go through a surgery, spay/neuter is something that has incredible advantages for the health of pets and the entire community. 

Your friends at Long Animal Hospital are here to explain why spay/neuter can be one of the best choices you will make.

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Bringing Up Fluffy: The Basics of Cat Health Care for the Long Haul

cat rolling on bed

There has never been a better time to be a cat owner – or a cat for that matter! We know more than ever before about what they need, and how to set them up for long, healthy, and happy lives. But sometimes, in no small part to their aloof, self-sufficient nature, cat health can take a bit of a back burner. 

We all need occasional reminders about disease prevention and healthy lifestyles, and we have some friendly ideas to get your fluffy best friend through another great year.

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