Winter Holidays and Cats

The holidays are fun for us, but not always fun for our cats. The hustle and bustle can create stress for our cats causing behaviour problems, such as inappropriate urination, and sometimes even illness.

Always pay attention to your cat’s personality and moods. For cats that are not very social or for elderly cats, it may be a good idea to confine them to their own area during busy times when there is a lot of company. If the litter box and food are on different floors, they may not want to venture down to the kitchen to eat or to the basement to use the litter box if there is a lot of noise and people.  Try and keep everything close to where your cat tends to feel comfortable.

Remind children about how to approach a cat and that cats do not like to be mauled or chased.

Pay attention to your cats during the holiday season. We tend to become so busy that we may not notice that their food bowls are not emptying as quickly as they normally do, or that they have been drinking more water. They may not be as active or sleeping a lot. Noticing any changes sooner rather than later can prevent emergency situations.

Also, see our blog on Holiday hazards to remind you of other causes for emergency visits to your veterinarian.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday.

Written by Sarah, CCR



Dr. R

Welcome Dr. Rebecca!

Introducing Dr. Rebecca Hu, DVM, B.Sc. our new Clinic Veterinarian.Graduating Year: I had the pleasure of attending veterinary school on the beautiful island of St. Kitts! I graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in December 2017.Joined the Clinic in: January 2018Areas of interest: Animal behavior/training, nutrition, rehabilitation, dentistry, neurology and surgery, to name a few!My favourite thing about the Clinic: Our clinic is like a well-oiled machine! There was a lot of anxiety coming in as a new graduate, but my fears were quickly extinguished thanks to this amazing team! And then there’s Buster and Tyson – a little snuggle time with these sweet boys gives me just what I need to keep going!My first pet: Starling, a Coconut Retriever from St. Kitts.What I love most about my job: Who doesn’t want to interact with animals all day?! From puppies and kittens to the sweet oldies. I love taking care of them all and feeling that sense of accomplishment when they get better. The smiles and gratitude I receive from pet parents is the cherry on top!Fun fact about me: I love being outdoors! Whether it’s hiking up a 3,792-foot volcano with my pack or hitting up a food festival, I’m the happiest when I’m outside!

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