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Did You Know That Owning Cats Makes You Healthier?

Adopting a cat can make you healthier!

Are you still looking for a resolution as we enter into the New Year? If you are coming up short on fresh ideas for your future health and wellness, you might consider adding a member to your family.

At Hanford Veterinary Hospital we aren’t terribly surprised to learn that owning cats makes you healthier. Maybe a feline friend is just what you need to achieve all of your aspirations in 2019!

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Is a Vegan or Vegetarian Diet Right for Your Cat or Dog? A Closer Look at Pet Nutrition

Despite the range of dining options, only a small percentage of Americans self-identify as vegetarian or vegan. Often stemming from personal feelings regarding animal products (or the meat industry in general), this lifestyle can be a healthy choice for many people.

But can the same be said for our pets? Optimal pet nutrition hinges on exact portions of high-value ingredients, but does it make sense to eliminate meat altogether for obligate carnivores (e.g., cats) or opportunistic omnivores (e.g., dogs)?

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Is Toilet Training Cats the Wave of the Future?

toilet training catsWhen the self-cleaning automatic litter box hit the market, most cat owners rejoiced. The price tag, unfortunately, isn’t for everyone. Even without scooping the litter yourself, you still have to remove it from the container, clean the box regularly, refill it with new litter, and sweep up the area on a daily basis.

What if there was a way to cut down on all those chores? Cats still have to go to the bathroom, but what if they actually, you know, used the toilet? Yes, indeed, toilet training cats is a real thing, and it could be what you’ve been waiting for.

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Kitty Confidential: Why Do Cats Meow?

cats meowWhether you’re a cat owner or not, you probably associate the word “cat” with “meow”. From the time we are babies to fully grown adults, we are conditioned to ask “What does the kitty say?” when our purr pal is extra chatty. We are conditioned to think that meowing is a cat’s primary mode of communication.

In reality, cats have a deeply nuanced system of communicating with each other and with the humans in their lives. Understanding the basics of feline communication, including why cats meow, is key to developing a deeper and more satisfying relationship with the feline in your life.

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Not Just a Fad: Leash Training Your Cat is Easy and Fun!

leash train catFrom ant farms to sea monkeys, pet rocks to pot-bellied pigs, there have always been pet care fads. Some evolved as gag gifts. Others maintained their place in popular culture for decades. Whatever the case may be, certain pet fads create frenzy and fascination.

Training cats to walk on a leash may sound like a pet fad, but the associated benefits to a feline’s health and happiness are absolutely real. Welcome to our special edition of: Everything you’ve always wanted to know about leash training your cat (but were afraid to ask).

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New Year, New Truths: Debunking Common Cat Myths

Wet KittenThe feline species has had the power to intrigue and inspire humankind for millennia. Perhaps it’s their intrinsically mysterious nature or maybe we just admire their impressive physical abilities; whatever the case, cats reign in our collective hearts as the most charming – and charmed – species among us.

While a great deal of observational and scientific research has been conducted over the years, there are still substantial cat myths swirling around. Who knows what to believe?

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Tips and Tricks: Helping Your Cat Take Medication

Pet owner giving his cat a pill/tabletWhen it comes to administering medication, there’s no more formidable opponent than the family cat. For many, the idea of easily helping a cat take medication seems like a big myth.

Because you never know when your feline may require medication, learning how to safely deliver medicine to your pet is essential. With a few tips, you can forego all the towels and other claw defenses and ease your cat into the routine. Continue…

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