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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Pet Adoption Versus Pet Purchase

Pet adoption.

Deciding to become a pet owner is one of the most pivotal moments in life. While the choice to take home a pet can definitely be impromptu, it may be better for some folks to spend a considerable amount of time weighing all the options. First things first: where do you find your new pet? Adopting a pet can benefit you, an animal, and your whole community.

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Help, My Pet Ate a Foreign Object!

Pet swallowed foreign object

Animals are a little bit like toddlers in more ways than one, and the fact that they tend to explore the world with their mouth is no exception. When animals ingest foreign material things can turn serious quickly. Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center has the information you need, though, about how to tell (and what to do) if your pet swallows a foreign object.

Hazards of Ingesting Foreign Objects

When a pet eats something that isn’t digestible, it can become stuck in the digestive tract, fully or partially obstructing the normal flow of food through the body. This can occur at any point from the esophagus to the colon.

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The Absolute Best Pet Gifts This Year

Pet gifts.

When it comes to giving, there are a few different approaches. You might try to appeal to the recipient’s interest in convenience, aesthetics, comfort, or technology. And, depending on your budget, you can vary your gift-giving style. The good news is that there is truly no shortage of options available for pets and their people. If anything, the market is totally saturated with pet gift options. To save you both time and money, we’ve compiled a list of this season’s best pet gifts that aim to please everybody.

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The Cost of Owning a Pet May Surprise You

Pet budgeting.

Between the sheer joy of their companionship and the near-constant entertainment factor, pets make life more fun and interesting. This global sentiment is nothing new, but the many ways people have aligned themselves with today’s pets is fairly radical. For proof, look no further than the latest record-breaking statistics. With annual spending over $100 billion, the cost of owning a pet has never been so high or so meaningful. 

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Laws Surrounding Pet Ownership in Charlotte, NC

Dog ownership laws.

Pet ownership is a responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly, and it’s important for all pet parents to understand how local ordinances can impact the lives they share with their pets. And while we’re accustomed to fielding questions every day about pet health and wellness, we do get occasional queries about local pet laws. 

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A Look at Pet Depression

Depressed pet.

We know that our companion animals boost our own mental health states, and we can often see the positive effect this can have on them. They make us feel happy and are satisfied in return. 

While pets are eager to please, they can be affected by mental health struggles of their own. Pet depression is a very real threat to overall wellness, requiring a steady approach to balance symptoms. As with anything related to your pet’s health, we’re always here to assess, treat, and ease their suffering.

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5 Things to Check Off Your Veterinary Visit List

Pet at the vet.

Getting an annual check-up is an important part of taking care of your cat or dog even if your pet seems healthy. Just like with humans, the absence of an illness does not always equal wellness. The goals of preventive care are to maintain your animal’s health, prevent illness, and detect problems early. This checklist will give you an idea about the import parts of annual pet wellness exams:

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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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What Does it Mean When My Dog Stares at Me?

Dog staring.

Feel like you’re being watched—like, really watched by your dog? He stares intently as you take a bite of your cheeseburger, or when you’re relaxing on the couch, or when, heaven forbid, you’re paying attention to another animal or human! Whatever the case, dogs are usually staring at us to communicate. 

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