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Aside from being cute and cuddly, cats are loyal, lovable, and have unique personalities making them the purrfect companions. Sure they may be mischievous, but doesn't that add to their charm?! 
For the month of June, we are celebrating our feline friends by supporting the Cochrane & Area Humane Society by promoting two of their adoptable cats in need of homes. You can also head over to our social media to read stories of our team members who have adopted cats and make sure to keep scrolling to learn about common cat diseases and the importance of bringing your cat to the vet. 

Adopt a Cat Today!

We are proud to support the Cochrane & Area Humane Society and its mission to find loving homes for all of the animals that come into their care. Meet Kit Kat and Tabby, two older cats who have yet to find a home of their own. Are you, or someone you know, considering adopting a pet? When you adopt a shelter animal, you're not only contributing to your own sense of happiness and wellbeing, you're saving a life! You can learn more about adopting Kit Kat or Tabby here, along with other cats in need of homes.  

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Kit Kat is a senior lady, but just barely! Like many cats, Kit Kat knows what she likes and what she doesn’t like, and she is searching for her perfect retirement home. What is it that she’s looking for? A home with a high perch where she can survey her territory, ribbon toys to chase, and plenty of catnip!! Kids? Other pets? No thank you! This pretty girl prefers to be the queen of her domain. When she’s in a mellow mood, Kit Kat will seek out her people for some love and attention, and she enjoys sitting on a lap for some chin scratches. She has previously enjoyed walking outside on a leash and considers herself to be quite the hunter. Kit Kat’s new home will need to be patient with her while she settles in, and before they know it they will have a super sweet lap cat on their hands!

Kit Kat
Breed: DSH    Sex: Female    Age: 8 Years Old
 

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Tabby
Breed: DSH    Sex: Female    Age: 7 Years Old
 

The Cochrane & Area Humane Society has a bit of a conundrum. Tabby settles in so nicely in their staff room but has really struggled to settle into her adoptive homes. The problem is, they don’t want Tabby to live in the staff room forever (as much as they love her!), and they are searching for a super calm, patient, and experienced person to give Tabby what she needs to feel safe and relaxed. She is not for the faint of heart – she needs someone who will respect her boundaries, and ideally someone who does not have other pets or a busy household. Tabby does have a secret soft side and loves a cuddle from time to time. While she’s not a fan of being picked up, she does like chin scratches and will rub up against your legs if she’s in a mellow mood.

June is Adopt a Cat Month!

Feline Focus

Whether you're a new cat owner or have had cats your entire life, it is important to know that preventive health care is essential to ensure a healthy life for your cat. Most cats seem self-sufficient - however, cats are masters at masking signs of illness and injury. Let's take a look at the feline life stages to find what your cat needs to thrive at each age. 

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Kitten

Feline Life Stages

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Young Adult

Mature Adult

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Senior

Birth up to 1 year

1 - 6 years

7 - 10 years

10 + years

Determining a cat's life stage is fundamental in guiding preventive health care and treatment plans that evolve as a cat matures.
Learn more about what your cat needs to thrive at every age and stage of life! 

Common Cat Health Conditions

Along with routine vet visits, cat owner knowledge can make a difference in your cat's overall health and well-being. Here are some common diseases that frequently impact cats:

Cancer
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Diabetes
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Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
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Feline Leukemia Virus (FelV)
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Heartworm
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High-Rise Syndrome
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Rabies​
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Ringworm
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Upper Respiratory Infections​
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Worms​​
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When to Take Your Cat to the Vet

As we have said before, cats are very good at hiding signs of illness or injury. Routine vet check-ups are important at each stage of life to establish preventive care programs for your cat and to uncover any issues that your cat may be hiding. Despite the number of pet cats in Canada, our feline friends are substantially underserved in primary care due to the notion that they are self-sufficient. If you notice any of these subtle signs of illness in your cat, it's time for a vet visit. 

For a comprehensive A - Z list of health conditions, click here

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House soiling behaviour (eliminating outside the litter box)

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Changes in activity

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Changes in food and water consumption

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Changes in grooming

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Changes in vocalization

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Changes in social interactions

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Changes in sleep habits

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Unexplained weight loss or gain

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Changes in behaviour

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Bad breath

80% of owners assume their cats are self-sufficient and in excellent health.

It’s estimated that 57.6% of cats are obese! Extra pounds can lead to a number of health problems for your pet.

For more information about your cat's health, contact our veterinarian and check out our feline resources page! 

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