The Catio: Your Cat’s Ticket to Fun

catioMost veterinarians (us included) agree that indoor cats enjoy more robust health, greater protection from dangers, and an overall longer lifespan than outdoor and indoor/outdoor cats. This arrangement works well for the reclusive, couch-potato kitties, but if your cat can be found gazing out the window or cackling at the sight of a bird, you might want to consider building him or her a catio.

What is a Catio?

A catio is an enclosed, protected outdoor space for cats! This fast-growing trend is a wonderful way to provide your indoor cat with access to the outdoors, while keeping him or her protected from common threats such as other animals, cars, and communicable diseases. The more than 3 billion birds and 20 million small animals who are killed by domestic cats each year will also thank you for letting your pet look but not touch.

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Cat Whiskers: The Defining Feature of Feline Friends

cat whiskersThey’re long, wispy, and have a knack for tickling your face in the middle of the night. They seem to be the first thing that draws us in when admiring the beauty of cats, and they certainly define the Felidae family.

Cat whiskers are the standout feature of a cat’s face. Even though other mammals have whiskers, they seem to be most distinct on our cat friends. But what exactly are they used for?

The Pet Experts want to discuss just how expressive (and important) whiskers are to your purry pal.

The Anatomy of the Whisker

Whiskers, also known as vibrissae, are not just an ornamental aspect of your cat’s face; they’re also a means of perceiving the world and communicating. Unlike a strand of hair, the whisker is a sensory device meant to attune your cat to the environment.

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Hot Weather and the Risk to Brachycephalic Dogs

Who doesn’t love a sweet, smooshed-face dog full of wrinkles and squishy hug-ability? The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital certainly adore them! Brachycephalic pets, or brachys, include all those adorable flat-nosed animals whose popularity has exploded over the past few decades.

From pugs to bulldogs, we love our brachycephalic dogs…but they do come with some extra care requirements. Hot weather can be brutal for all animals, but when it comes to brachys, it can be even more insidious.

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Getting Their Greens: Why Dogs Eat Grass

dogs eat grassIf you’re a dog owner, chances are you’ve seen your pooch nibble on a few blades here and there. Maybe your dog eats and swallows grass, or maybe just gives it a few chews and spits it out, but either way you’ve likely wondered why this supposed carnivore on the end of your leash seems to be drawn to the green stuff.

Client education is important to us at Naperville Animal Hospital. We’ve delved into the topic of why dogs eat grass with the hopes of shedding some light on this interesting dog behavior.

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Considering Adopting a Pet? Stop Before You Shop

adopting a petFrom all the cuddles and snuggles to the endless companionship, the benefits of adopting a pet are pretty clear. In fact, the pros of pet ownership are so attractive to prospective pet guardians that the cons aren’t always carefully considered. However, the truth is that adopting a pet is a sizable commitment that requires a great deal of forethought. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital believe in the power of adoption – if it’s the right time for everyone involved.

What to Know

Sometimes, an animal comes into someone’s life without invitation. This can definitely work out positively, but it’s more common for families or individuals to seek out the pet of their dreams.

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Pets Sweat? The How and Why of Pet Perspiration

When most people consider their fur friends, the thought of them sweating seems absurd. With all that fur, how could it even be possible? Well, believe it or not, cats and dogs do sweat – but in ways us humans aren’t familiar with (for example, we doubt your pet will ever need to borrow your deodorant!).

To learn more about why pets sweat and how they do it, let’s take a closer look at this gross but necessary function.

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What Every Pet Owner Should Know About Pet Dehydration

The heat of the summer may not have taken full effect just yet, but we know it is on the horizon. Spending time in the great outdoors is something many pet owners look forward to – whether that’s a stroll to a favorite park or an epic road trip to some far off destination. From vacations to weekends on the beach, there’s plenty to be excited about.

But along with heatstroke and other summertime perils comes an increased risk of pet dehydration. Because many pets dehydrate easily or can experience chronic dehydration, it’s essential to learn more about how much water your pet needs and ways to encourage hydration for overall health and safety.

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Caviar Dreams: Lifestyles of Rich and Famous Pets

famous petsIf you had a chance to pamper your pet, would you opt for a private chef, deep-muscle massage, custom wardrobe, or psychic readings? According to Forbes, a significant percentage of wealthy pet owners splurge on special accommodations that most of us can’t imagine. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are equally fascinated when it comes to rich and famous pets, and we hope that our favorites inspire some extra indulgences we’re sure your pet deserves.

Great Inheritances

Of the affluent, over half make advanced arrangements for their pets in case of death. Over 25% create a trust for their pet (or pets), with the average being $526,000. Of these trusts, 90% stipulate that only after their pet passes away will any surviving family members receive the inheritance.

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Sluuuuurp! Why do Dogs Lick Ears?

dogs lick earsAs much as we love them, let’s face it, dogs are well known for their less than impeccable manners. From butt sniffing to leg humping, it’s safe to say they’re pretty comfortable with their animal selves, but there are some behaviors that have most pet owners stumped – like ear licking. So, why do dogs lick ears, and is it normal?

Why Dogs Lick Ears: The Good, the Bad, and the Gross

Is your dog enamored with your ears? How about with another cat or dog who lives in the home? Whether it’s a little love-kiss or a full-on slurp fest, the reasons that dogs lick ears can be varied.

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The Truth About Indoor Cat Care and Disease Prevention

We are bombarded every day to make decisions, but how do we truly know if the choices we make are the right ones? Of the big decisions faced by pet owners, keeping a pet cat inside is one of the better ones. Fluffy is safe from running into traffic, getting stuck in trees or bad weather, fighting with predators and other territorial felines, and also benefits from reduced exposure to parasites.

To best serve our clients who share their lives with furry felines, the Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have some ideas that support overall indoor cat care.

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