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The veterinarians at Pet’s Friend Animal Clinic recommend keeping cats indoors for health and safety reasons. However, since cats are both social creatures and natural predators, they must be provided with opportunities to express their natural behaviors in order to safeguard their mental well-being. Your new kitty needs your help to satisfy these natural social and predatory drives, and we want to help you learn how. Here are just a few suggestions to enrich your cat’s life, environment, and help you forge a stronger human-animal bond.
Self-play toys are especially good for cats that are left home alone. Most self-play toys dispense food, which motivates the cat to play with the toy. You may either buy food-dispensing toys or make your own out of racquet or tennis balls or clean yogurt containers with plastic lids. Simply cut a hole into the ball or container, fill with dry kibble, and, presto, your cat is entertained. Some cats may take longer than others to figure the toys out; if a little encouragement is needed you may fill the toy with low-calorie treats instead of kibble.
Interactive toys help strengthen the bond between you and your cat by letting you share fun and positive experiences. A popular choice is the wand-type toy with feathers, string, or fabric attached. Laser pointers are another great way to get your kitty exercise and stimulate their prey-drive. Be careful not to direct the laser at your cats eyes!
Cats need plenty of resources other than just food, water, and a litter box. Climbing, scratching, and observing the premises are all part of a cat’s natural behaviors to avoid scratching of furniture. It is essential to provide your cat with vertical or horizontal scratching structures. It's a very typical behavior for cats to sharpen their claws / mark their territory so making sure they have something to scratch, other than your cherished belongings, is a priority. Being up high or perched on something appropriate, like a cat condo, is also important.
Other routes of stimulation like audio-visual stimulation include leaving the T.V. or music on while you are away from the house. This creates ambient sounds associated with human presence. Access to windows, fish tanks, etc. provides great visual stimulus. Olfactory stimulation includes catnip, herbs, or synthetic feline pheromones, like Feliway®, Nurture CALM® collars, which provides a variety of enrichment elements. Another great resource for tips on keeping indoor cats happy and healthy is: indoorpet.osu.edu
For more information, please feel free to call Pet's Friend Animal Clinic about any questions or concerns you may have at 408-739-2688.
Special Welcome Offer To New Clients SAVE 15% off Veterinary Exam
Applies to pet exam fee for first-time clients. Call us at (408) 739-2688 to schedule an appointment.
We Support Humane Society and Rescue Group Adoptions
COURTESY (free) Health Exam Tuesday - Friday (by appointment only)
Available to adopted pets from Silicon Valley Humane Society or 501c Rescue Groups within 14 days of adoption.
Adoption documents required for courtesy exam.
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I moved to the Bay Area with my cat, Buddy, in the Summer of 2015. After going to the same veterinarian for nearly my entire life, I was very anxious about finding a new vet which I could trust to take care of my cat. The vet staff at Pet's Friend Animal Clinic are wonderful! I have now taken Buddy here twice, both times to see Dr. Allison Moore. You can tell that she, and the rest of the staff, truly care about you and your animal. I'm very relieved to have found this exceptional clinic, and I plan to continue taking my cat here for the foreseeable future!
We have been taking our doggie girls to Pet's Friends since they opened. Although there have been many changes over the years, the loving care they have given our dogs, myself, and wife has always been consistent. That's because you can tell they love animals and want to help them live a long, happy, and healthy life. The Doctors are special - they take time to explain medical process, explain options to us, and really listen to our concerns. The Pet's Friends' staff treats us like family. The staff provides more than just administrative and technical support to the Doctors - they provide a professional atmosphere of confidence while making everyone feel at home. I would not hesitate recommending them to my friends.