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When Should You Vaccinate?

When should you vaccinate your pets? This is a question that every pet owner has. Vaccinations are essential to your pets ongoing happy and healthy life. Throughout their lifetime, they will be exposed to many viruses, way more than we realize. Even just meeting a dog in the park or a quick sniff as you walk by can expose them to Parvo or Bordatella.

As you plan your vaccinations, let look at the recommended shot schedule for your pet.

Cat recommended shot schedule:

Albuquerque Cat Vaccine Schedule

Dog vaccination schedule:

Albuquerque Dog Vaccine Schedule

 

If it is time for your pet’s vaccines, bring them into one of our daily shot clinics in Albuquerque or Los Lunas.

 

Why cats have whiskers

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albuquerque catWhiskers are such fun things that stick off your cat’s face in all direction. As a kid, we often loved to pet them or touch them to watch the cat twitch. It was almost like they tickled. But whiskers are more important than just tickling devices.

How They Work

Each thick whisker is filled with tiny, super sensitive nerves that help your cat judge distance and space. Is this box too small to get inside? How far do I need to jump to reach that counter?

It’s also how she detects what’s around her. Cats that are blind can walk around a room just fine by using their whiskers to sense the space.

The follicles are little sacs that hold the whisker hairs. These are deeper than regular fur and these sacs have nerve endings that send messages to the brain. There is also a sensory organ at the tip of each whisker that picks up environmental vibrations which give more information about her surroundings.

Most whiskers are in the cats upper lip, but there are smaller ones in their eyebrows and around their chin. There are even whiskers near their feet. The ones on the sides of the nose are the same width as your cat’s body; they help her figure out whether a space is wide enough to squeeze through. Whiskers on the back of the legs help your cat climb trees.

Whiskers the feline mood ring

Whiskers have complex muscles attached to them. By watching what their whiskers do you can tell what mood yoru cat is in. If she is curious, they will be angled forward. If she is relaxed they will stick straight out. If she is nervous or upset she will pin them back towards her face.

Don’t cut her whiskers!

Whiskers do not need to be trimmed. They will shed, and this is normal. But cutting their whiskers changes their ability to sense their surroundings properly. It can cause them to become anxious and disoriented. It is similar to blindfolding them.

If you have questions about your cat’s whiskers or their health, please call our Albuquerque veterinary clinic: 505-292-3030.

Cat Sitting is More Than Just Feeding

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albuquerque cat veterinarianCats are usually pretty easy pets to take care of. They are so easy that many people will go out of town thinking that they can just leave their cat unattended or that a sitter can just make sure they have food and water and call it good.  However, you cat needs more than just food and water while you are gone.

Cat Sitting and What Cats Need

Yes, cats need food, water and fresh litter. But they also need attention. When you are at home you give your cat lots of love and play time. When you are gone they get nothing. This can make them lonely and anxious.

  • Give them clean fresh water daily
  • Keep their food bowls full
  • Scoop out litter daily or else your cat may stop using it in protest.
  • Play with them once or twice a day. Tell your cat sitter to spend 15 or 30 minutes just hanging out with your hat. Of course, this is if your cat will hang out with your pet sitter.
  • If they are indoor/outdoor cats, just keep them indoors while you are away.

Communicate with your cat sitter what you cat needs and if there is anything they can’t have. For instance, if you don’t give your cat milk then tell the cat sitter so they don’t do it. You want to keep their diet and environment as normal as possible. This will reduce any stress or anxiety they may have during your absence.

Cats are great pets and often fairly low maintenance, but that doesn’t mean no maintenance. Make sure to take care of them when you are home and when you are gone.

 

 

 

 

 

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