Making Biscuits: Why do Cats Knead?

March 20th, 2018 by VRVC Staff

Cats KneadHave you ever seen your cat make biscuits? If you don’t know what we’re talking about, it’s that motion cats make when pushing their front paws (and sometimes claws!) in and out. It resembles kneading bread dough, hence the phrase “making biscuits.” It can be cute and funny when your cat jumps on your lap and kneads contentedly, but it can also be painful!

Why exactly do cats knead? We all know how mysterious cats can be, so the team at Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic set out to find answers.

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Why You Need a Catio: Create an Outdoor Haven for Your Cat

March 7th, 2018 by VRVC Staff

CatioFor many of us, cats are family. They are wonderful company, beautiful, and seemingly independent. We want to keep our cats safe, but for some of us it’s difficult to deprive our cats of the outdoors, especially if they are sitting at the door looking out and yowling.

So, what’s the solution? The outdoor cat enclosure, popularly known as the catio!

A catio could be the perfect solution to many dilemmas concerning cats, safety, and the outdoors. The team at Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic gives you some of the reasons you need a catio or outdoor haven for your cat, as well as some ideas for different options.

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The Simple Truth Behind Overall Cat Health? Routine Wellness Visits

February 21st, 2018 by VRVC Staff

There are more pet cats than dogs, but they receive less veterinary care than their canine counterparts. What accounts for this underrepresentation? Possible reasons might include crate anxiety, travel stress, and exposure to potential adversaries at the vet, even though there are numerous benefits associated with routine visits.

How do we help cats – and their owners – accept this “hard to swallow” pill? For starters, we strive to make our hospital inviting for our feline friends. Our fear-free approach not only relaxes patients but also hopes to impact future visits for greater cat health.

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Love Is in the Air: The Science of the Love of Animals

February 6th, 2018 by VRVC Staff

This is the time of year when our thoughts turn to love and romance. Whether you feel like celebrating Saint Valentine as a legitimate holiday, or scoff at the idea, there is no denying that the relationships humans hold with animals are very real. The science of the love of animals is an interesting topic, and here at Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic, we couldn’t think of a better time to dive into it.

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