Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

Indoor vs. Outdoor Cats

  • There are advantages and disadvantages to each situation. Ultimately, you know your cat and what they need more than anyone. Read our article on outdoor cats to make an informed decision.

Bathroom Habits

  • We sympathize with your frustration but want you know there could be a simple answer and a simple fix to this problem. Read this article for possible explanations to this baffling behavior.

  • This is a common question among new cat owners and we’re happy to tell you that the answer is no. Cats will naturally utilize their litter box. However, read our litter box care article to acquire some tips and tricks to keep your cat from searching for other bathroom locations.

Wellness

  • Cats will often isolate themselves, avoid usual activities or stop eating when they experience pain. Determining whether a cat is in pain can be very difficult, because they try to hide it. Contact our staff if you suspect that your cat might be in pain.

Declawing

  • Yes, studies have shown laser surgery can reduce pain, inflammation and hemorrhage at the incision site as compared to traditional surgery techniques.

  • Cats should weigh more than two pounds before they undergo anesthesia, therefore most cats should be at least ten weeks old. Cats over one year old can experience longer recovery times and increased risk of complications.

Vaccinations and Parasite Control

  • Some vaccinations are necessary every year, some every two years and some every three years. Our staff will help you determine what your cat needs. Proceed to our vaccinations page for more information.

  • The feline distemper vaccination is actually a combination vaccine that protects against the feline herpes virus, the feline calici virus and the feline pan-leukopenia virus. These are all considered core vaccines that every cat should receive.

  • Cats are often given multiple vaccinations at the same time, but there are reasons why certain cats should not receive more then one at a time. Our staff will help determine what is appropriate for each individual cat.

  • Most modern flea treatments such as Frontline, Advantage and Revolution are applied once monthly.

Spaying Or Neutering

  • The ideal age for these surgeries is between five and seven months old, before the cat becomes reproductively mature. However, it is common for older cats to have these surgeries.

  • As it can be difficult to determine precisely when a cat is in heat, the procedure is often done during this time.

Nutrition

  • Feeding levels are determined by the cat's individual activity level and frame size. However, very few indoor cats need more than one-half cup of dry food each day.

  • Kittens should begin receiving adult food between six and ten months of age. Visit our New Kitten Care page to learn more kitten health care.

  • It depends on the cat. Please see this article for more information.

  • This article has suggestions about how to help your cat become a healthy weight.