Fraser Valley Animal Hospital

2633 Ware Street
Abbotsford, BC V2S 3E2


Cat Wellness Month

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 Cats have continued to be one of mysterious and most stoic animals on earth. We want to be able to  help our owners identify if your cat may need some additional TLC. 

Common Signs you need to take your cat to the vet

1. Weight Changes
2. Litter Box Changes
3. Bad Breath
4. Behavior Changes




1. Weight Changes

If you notice your cat has gained or lost weight, or is eating more or less, call your veterinarian. Just a few pound can cause health issues and risks to your cat. Almost 60% of indoor cats are overweight or obese.

Our pets only require a specific daily allotment of calories, the tricky part is that it will vary based on age, spay/neuter status along with lifestyle. If you are aware that your pet may be carrying a few extra pounds know that you are not alone and we are here to help

2. Litterbox changes

House soiling is a very common problem in cats and in fact it is estimated that more than 10,000 cats a day are euthanized in the US every day because of inappropriate urination.  Many people blame the cat and claim that the cat is dirty but often these issues occur because we do not understand our cats.

  • Urine marking is a method of communication for cats.  Confident cats mark as a calling card where as anxious cats will mark to make an area smell like themselves which can help increase their confidence.
  • Though neutering and spaying will decrease the incidence of urine marking 10% of cats, both male and female will mark.
  • Urine odour changes over time and so frequent marking keeps the odour consistent for the cat.
  • Where the cat is marking can suggest unknown stress in the house.  For example marking by a window suggests a perceived threat is coming from outside.
  • Cats also may develop litter box aversion if there is competition for a litter box, if the cat doesn’t like the box or litter or if the box is not cleaned frequently enough for the cat’s liking.
  • Cats are individuals and thus individualizing the litter box is an important aspect of the management by offering a choice of litter box design and location.. 

3. Dental Care

Periodontal disease is considered the most prevalent disease in cats 3 years of age and older. If your cat has painful teeth or gums, tarter, gingivitis, or if you've noticed a foul odor coming from their mouth, contact us to discuss your options.  

Our Pearly White Program costs no money to be a part of and there is no obligatory long term contract.  We know from studies that a healthy mouth can add 2 years to a pet’s life


4. Behavior Changes 

Knowing which cat behaviors are normal is the key to recognizing any behavioral problems or changes in your pet feline. Once you know what behaviors you should expect to see in your cat, you'll be better able to identify any changes that may be a cause for alarm.

Dehydration in Cats is a Serious Medical Issue

Water is one of six essential nutrients your cat needs to thrive, though it may arguably be the most important nutrient on the list. That’s because water makes up roughly 80% of your cat’s body. Even a small deficit in the amount of water your cat consumes can make a big difference in your cat’s health.

Ways to Encourage Your Cat to Drink Water

  1. Provide fresh water every day. Cats seem to be very aware of temperature and taste of water.
  2. Make sure the water bowl is filled up to the brim at all times. Cats have very sensitive whiskers and do not like putting their face into a bowl.
  3. Some cats do not like the taste of tap water. You might wish to:
  • Refrigerate the tap water to improve the taste
  • Try Brita water
  • Try distilled water
  • Try bottled water
  • Try a few types and see what your cat prefers
  1. Some cats will drink more water if a drop or two of tuna juice (tuna in water or clam juice) is provided. If you try this, always make sure a separate bowl of fresh water is available.
  2. Some cats enjoy ice cubes made from flavored broth (tuna or salmon juice mixed with water and frozen)
  3. If your cat prefers to drink from a tap, make sure it can always get to the tap (don’t lock it out of the bathroom if that is where it likes to drink). If your schedule permits, turn the tap on for the cat as often as possible throughout the day. Water Fountains can be purchased for cats that like fresh moving water.
  4. Keep the food and water bowls away from the litter box area.
  5. Keep the water bowl clean (cats have a keen sense of smell and are easily turned off by odors on the edge of the bowl). Stainless steel or ceramic dishes are easier to keep clean and odor clean versus plastic dishes. The water dish should be washed every other day if possible.
  6. Some cats seem to prefer a clear glass shallow bowl from which to drink (experiment with different water bowls).
  7. Canned food is an excellent way to encourage water consumption, because it is high in water content and most cats love the taste. It can always be warmed up in the microwave to enhance it’s smell for the fussy cat. Try to feed at least some canned food two to three times a day. You can always add water to the canned food (do it slowly).





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