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Encouraging Your Cat to Drink Water

Generally speaking, our felines are not big drinkers. It is important to make sure they are well hydrated in order to maintain good urinary tract health. Some will be more “choosy” depending on the type of water received or the container.

By offering high-quality canned food, you can increase your cat's water intake. Gradually, you can add a little warm water to make a broth. Some cats will greatly appreciate it!

Here are some tips to help your companion drink more water:

  • Always leave a trickle of water for tap enthusiasts, especially on days when you have to leave for a long period of time.
  • Serve fresh water every day, as they seem aware of the water’s temperature and taste. Some of them like to drink a little water after a few bites, so be sure to rinse out their water bowl when you serve their meal.
  • Keep a good level of water in the bowl, because some cats don't like their whiskers rubbing against the walls.
  • Some cats will be motivated to drink more water if you add a drop or two of tuna or clam juice. If so, make sure you have a second bowl of water.
  • For the more finicky drinkers, you could chill tap water to improve the taste, add ice cubes, serve Brita-filtered water, distilled water or bottled water.
  • Have several bowls around the house and use bowls of different materials such as ceramic, metal or plastic. Choosing a transparent bowl could encourage him to drink more, since he will see the water level. If your cat tends to knock it over, opt for a bowl with a rubber base.
  • Offer him a water fountain! Having circulating, cooler water will encourage your cat to drink. This could be an interesting alternative for cats that drink directly from the tap.
  • Keep food and water bowls away from litter boxes.

 

What is a Scratching Post and What is Its Use?

This is a very common tool but seldomly used properly or to its maximum potential. You probably know that cats are very complex and difficult beings. You can buy them the most beautiful cushion, they will prefer the bag that the cushion came in... Same principle for scratching posts! You need to know which one to choose and how and where to use it to make sure your kitty uses it properly. There are different types of scratching posts to meet the needs and preferences of each cat.

Here are the 3 points to remember for optimum use of the scratching post.

Material and textures: You should definitely think about the fun and joy the scratching post will bring to your cat. Necessarily, the texture of the scratching post will have to suit your cat as well as being enjoyable for him. Just like humans, cats each have their different tastes, so we recommend to have your cat discover different textures, such as cardboard, strings or carpets.

Location: There is a logical reason why your cat picked certain pieces of furniture rather than others to « claw ». It is important to know that your cat marks his territory in different ways: including by rubbing his chin on a door frame or clawing on your couch. Marking is usually done in busy areas of his environment. Accordingly, your sofa that sits in a central location of your home or apartment, is an excellent place to define your cat's territory. With that in mind, you should put the new scratching post where your cat will want to use it. Unfortunately, the corner of a room, where several owners place the famous scratcher, is a place little frequented by cats. Although the post is not a very aesthetically pleasing item, it will still have to be placed strategically where your cat will want to claw and not where you would like your cat to use it.

Height and stability: It's well known that cats love to stretch. The post should therefore allow him to stretch out – a height of 36 inches should be enough to allow him to stretch properly. In addition, the scratching post must be stable. If your cat claws at it and the post moves and is unstable, he may not want to use it anymore. In nature, big cats use trees as scratching posts. So think about stabilizing the one used by your little feline. However, keep in mind that some cats will prefer a horizontal scratcher.

If your cat has already started to damage a place such as a sofa or a carpet, make that place as unpleasant as possible for your cat to be redirected to the scratching post. A little trick would be to install aluminum foil or plastic tarps, which will make the area less attractive to your cat. Once he does not want to go to this area anymore, just install the scratching post nearby and your cat should make the transition to his new territory! You can even put a little catnip on the post to entice him even more. If you have any questions or concerns about your cat's claws, do not hesitate to speak with a member of our team. We are here to guide you.

 

 

 

Training Your Puppy

Adopting a puppy opens the door to a great adventure! It is essential to be patient in the first weeks. Give your puppy time to learn how to live with his new family!

Here are some points to remember for his training to go smoothly:

  • Choose a short name that does not sound like a command.
  • Say his name often and reward him when he looks at you. Also, teach him to sit before each interaction, whether to feed him, play or cuddle him.
  • The command “come” should be part of learning. This will allow you to recall him quickly in inappropriate situations. At home or at the park, just do it for fun or to give him a treat; otherwise he'll associate the command with putting on the leash.
  • Alternate toys regularly and find new games. Whether he’s big or small, activity goes a long way in preventing behavioral problems. Avoid confrontational games (ex: tug of war).
  • Offer him chewing periods on a regular basis. In addition to keeping him busy, you will take care of his teeth.
  • Regularly handle his ears, mouth and paws (including the claws). This will make ear cleaning, tooth brushing and nail trimming more enjoyable.
  • To facilitate potty training, choose a specific place. This way, it will be easier for him to associate that he has to do his business there (ex: dive or lawn).
  • Socialization, positive reinforcement, and frequent outings are key to keeping your pet happy!

Your dog will often communicate with non-verbal language. It is therefore important to know his calming signals.

Congratulations on adopting your new companion!

 

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Your pet is a member of your family and ours; it is a best friend, and even a confidant!

That's why our dedicated team of 5 veterinarians, 8 technicians, 3 assistant technicians and 2 receptionists is always there, ready to care for your pet and give you the most appropriate advice to ensure its well-being and health.

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Your pet is a member of your family and ours; it is a best friend, and even a confidant!

That's why our dedicated team of 7 veterinarians, 12 technicians, 4 technical assistants, 1 animal attendant and 2 receptionists is always there, ready to care for your pet and give you the most appropriate advice to ensure its well-being and health.

Animal Behaviour

Dog training is about building good habits.

Most misbehaviour stems from dogs not knowing what to do. Mouthy puppies, jumpy greeters, or enthusiastic barkers do what they do because it comes naturally to them.

Cats also have their little quirks. They can urinate outside their litter box, attack your visitors, meow at night and scratch your beautiful couch!

It is possible that certain behavioural problems are due to a medical condition (pain, hormonal disease, etc.). Therefore, it’s important to speak to your veterinarian or technician as soon as the problem occurs.

They will be able to give you advice or refer you to a specialist near you.