Do You Have a Scaredy Cat? Tips for Managing Cat Anxiety

An anxious white and gray cat.

Does your cat always run and hide when strangers come calling? Many cats do if they’re not well socialized. But does that mean that your cat suffers from anxiety? Our expert veterinarians have some answers for you.

What Are the Causes of Cat Anxiety?

If your cat is a rescue animal, it’s likely that you don’t know what he or she experienced before coming to live with you. If they were well treated, your new pet probably wouldn’t exhibit symptoms of anxiety. Poor treatment is only one possible cause of anxiety in cats, however. The following could also be contributing to your cat’s anxiety:

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Just Breathe: Understanding Cat Asthma and Other Feline Respiratory Problems

Cat with asthma laying down under blanket.

Breathing problems in our pets are one of the scarier animal emergencies that an owner can experience. While there are many causes for respiratory distress in cats, feline asthma is a common offender. Cat asthma can be a serious condition of which pet owners should be aware. 

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Scratch That: Alternatives To Declawing Your Cat

A vet places claw caps on a cat's claws.

When you are looking for the best in veterinary care in Texas, you know that you will get it at BEEVET Animal Hospital. Sometimes, though, what makes us the best lies not only in what we do, but also in what we don’t do.

As of June this year, we will no longer be offering feline declawing as an elective procedure. In accordance with AAFP guidelines, we have decided that this procedure is not in the best interest of our whiskered patients. So what’s a pet owner to do? Not to worry, there are so many things to consider before and as alternatives to declawing your cat:

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Straight To The Heart: Heartworm Disease And Your Pet

A dog looks over his shoulder at the camera.

At BEEVET Animal Hospital, we want to arm you with the information you need to ensure that your pets are healthy and happy throughout the year. Heartworm disease is a serious illness that affects both indoor and outdoor pets. Without the proper prevention, even animals who spend a majority of their time inside are susceptible to this health issue.

Knowing more about heartworm disease, what causes it, and how to prevent it is your best defense against this common, yet preventable health problem.

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When Your Cat Pees Outside the Box, It’s Time to Act

A cat licks its paw.

No one wants to live in a house that has been indiscriminately sprayed by cats. Their urine is concentrated with hormones, and packs a powerful punch of ammonia. And if they have a urinary tract infection, their urine can smell even worse. 

Certainly, not all cats that pee outside the box mean to. There could be various explanations why they do it, and an equal amount of possible solutions to this rather smelly problem.

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From Purrrfect to Grumpy in 60 Seconds Flat: Breaking Down The (Many) Things Cats Hate:

An angry cat sits at a table.

Cats. We love them even when they give us dirty looks, swat away our hands when we try to pet them, and yell at us when we sit down next to them. Although sometimes it might seem like they simply tolerate us instead of fully returning our affections, there are many things that actually do rub them the wrong way. BEEVET Animal Hospital is here with a list of things cats hate so you can try to minimize their grievances and (hopefully) increase their moments of love and happiness:

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Cat Hairballs: Normal, Until They’re Not

A cat cleaning itself. Cat hairballs can result from this normal and routine behavior.

With their almost in-your-face tidiness, cats make excellent housemates. But perhaps one caveat to this meticulous self-grooming is that all that fluff and fur has to go someplace. Usually cats can digest any hair picked up by their sandpaper-like tongues, but cat hairballs (yuk!) are bound to happen from time to time. 

Without a doubt, hairballs come with the territory of cat ownership, but there is a point when they can signal that something’s not right. 

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Cats and People: Two Different Species, One Heart

There are more cats in American homes than any other pet. Perhaps owing to their quiet, relaxed natures, cats can be perfect companions to people that prefer a peaceful coexistence. In fact, most cat owners report that they would rather remain at home with their cats than going out to public events or social gatherings! 

Of course, there are plenty of self-described “cat people” who don’t live up to the stereotype of being quiet, reclusive, or introverted. But there is a lot to say about the connection between cats and people, and the numerous ways we benefit each other.

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This Is How You Know Your Cat is Sick

Anyone who has spent time around cats knows they can be a little…difficult on occasion. They have some quirky habits and tend to be a bit cryptic in their communication style. 

Like most animals, cats are also not great at letting us know when something is wrong. Their instincts tell them to hide signs of weakness, and we as pet owners aren’t always on top of the more subtle signs of problems. Your BEEVET Animal Hospital has gathered our time tested tips for recognizing when your cat is sick, so you can keep them healthy and happy for the long haul!

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The Mind-Body Connection: Is a Healthy Cat a Happy Cat?

Is a happy cat a healthy cat?Every cat is unique. As such, they deserve individualized care that’s tailored to their distinct lifestyle, personality, and potential. Looking at the whole patient, we see that the physical elements of a cat are paramount to longevity – but the emotional and mental health are just as important. In other words, a healthy cat is a happy one, and to celebrate Happy Cat Month this September, we’ve got some feline-centric tips for you.

The Foundation

A young kitten should be examined shortly after adoption. Most shelters will vaccinate, deworm, spay/neuter, and microchip, but we can ensure that a young cat is well on their way toward lifelong health in their first few months. Even indoor-only cats benefit from an up-to-date vaccination schedule.

Your cat’s yearly wellness examination consists of a nose-to-tail physical, and a lengthy discussion of: Continue…