As the weather warms up, many of us are venturing outside and enjoying the outdoors. Unfortunately, ticks are also out enjoying the nice weather. Written by Dr.Kayla Hyland
As the weather warms up, many of us are venturing outside and enjoying the outdoors. Unfortunately, ticks are also out enjoying the nice weather. Written by Dr.Kayla Hyland
Finally we can say spring is coming! With the warmer weather we start thinking about spring planting and summer gardens. More and more of our feline friends are heading outdoors in catio’s and on leashes. While this is great for environmental enrichment it does mean we need to pay a little bit more attention to what we are planning for our outdoor spaces. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
What we feed our cats is very important, but more and more we are realizing how we feed them is just as important. Believe it or not, how we feed our cats can affect them physically and emotionally. Boredom, frustration, and environmental stress are some of the most common reasons that cats exhibit behavior problems. This same boredom combined with high calorie, easily available food, can also lead to obesity. We strongly believe that encouraging foraging behavior for our feline friends is one of the easiest things you can do for your cat to help combat these problems! Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Infections of the nose and ears happen in domestic cats with some frequency. However, sometimes an infection is more than it seems. Cats (especially young cats) who experience frequent, recurrent, or difficult to treat infections of the nose or ears may actually have an underlying disease known as a polyp.
Written by Dr Matthew Kornya
To celebrate our 40th anniversary we are proud to sponsor "Kitty-Paw-Looza", the fundraising event that celebrates all things cat.
It all started on an early Sunday morning. When her mom went outside to refill the stray kitty feeding station Soma decided to sneak out the door. For the next two days there was a lot of time spent canvassing the neighborhood and searching for Soma. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Halitosis may be caused by both oral disease and non-oral disease. Blood work will help your veterinarian determine if there are reasons beyond the oral cavity for the change in odor. Renal disease can create a uremic smell to your pet’s breath , and of course gastrointestinal diseases can also alter the odor from your cat’s mouth. Written by Dr.Mark Camilleri
Essential oils can be very poisonous to cats. Some are safer than others, and they can carry a wide range of toxic effects. Most of the most toxic oils to cats are the ones that contain "phenols". These include (but are not limited to): peppermint, lavender, citrus, tea tree, cinnamon, wintergreen, thyme, and many others. Written by Dr.Matt Kornya
Obesity is a major issue in the modern world, and this holds true for cats as well as people. Many of the diseases we deal with on a daily basis are caused by obesity. These include diabetes, arthritis and joint disease, cancer, constipation, poor hair coat, and lack of cleanliness. Obese cats can have a dramatically shorted life span compared to those of normal weight, and will generally have a decreased quality of life due to decreased mobility.
Written by Dr.Matt Kornya
The Cat Clinic understands the heartbreak you as a pet owner would feel if your cat were to go missing. If your cat does get out, it is extremely important that he or she can be identified so that you can be contacted and your furry friend can be brought home. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
One of our clients found him as a baby kitten on the sewer grates of their street; he was estimated to be about two days old when he came to us. Freddie had developed the bad habit of compulsively eating objects that he shouldn’t. Written by Maria Brock
How important is dental health to our pets? VERY! It can be a cornerstone to their health, just like with us. We value our own teeth so much; of course we put value on our precious pet’s teeth and their overall well-being too! Written by Debra Neave
The Cat Clinic has been proudly offering house calls to our feline patients for over 10 years! Written by Dr.Tom Jackson
We all love our cats. Here are a few gifts we can give them to help them live healthier, more enriched lives. Written by Dr.Dianne Bourdeau and Angelina Johnstone RVT
Are you ready? We had so much fun seeing everyone's gorgeous kitty pictures in the past years that we've decided we want to make it even bigger! We are holding an all season kitty picture contest. Check this out for all the details.
Many of us have found ourselves in the position of needing (or sometimes simply wanting) to introduce a new cat into the house. When this is going to be the only cat in the home it's pretty easy and usually goes smoothly without too much fuss. However, there are times when we find ourselves in this position and there is already one or more furry family members to consider. Written by Rebecca Hardwick
An inevitable part of owning a cat is dealing with hairballs on the floor, or more likely your nicest rug or furniture- or is it? Many cats produce hairballs on a regular basis, but how much is too much? Written by Dr.Matt Kornya
It’s been a couple of weeks since we started with Hemi’s clicker training. He's doing pretty well so it's time to move on to "come" and "sit".
To start we are simply teaching Hemi that when his name is spoken he is to look at the person doing the speaking. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Demon was diagnosed with renal lymphoma. This is an aggressive and fast growing cancer of the kidneys that often affects other organs as well. After some aggressive supportive care and a few days in the ICU, the decision was made to start chemotherapy and place a feeding tube. Written by Dr.Matthew Kornya
In a perfect world, we would all want our animals to get along. I recently introduced a Syrian hamster into our home. As we all know, cats love to catch mice, this means the hamster is considered tasty prey. Written by Emma Brock
On the May long weekend I had purchased a harness for my new cat Panda. Written by Jennifer De Loyde
Cats have become the most popular pet in North America and 78% of owners consider their cats to be family members. Despite their popularity, some cats do not receive the veterinary care that they need, especially preventive healthcare. Written by Dr.Diane Bourdeau
Hemi was an orphan polydactyl kitten who found his way to Animal Services when he was only 2 weeks old. Our ultimate goal is to try and keep Hemi as a friend for our clinic cat Lance. A little history on his name..... Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
I thought to myself, are we ready to add another feline to our family? I already have two cats, Crystal is a 9yrs S/F and Jackson is an 18 month old NM and they fight like cats and dogs – excuse the pun. Adopting a cat is a long term decision that I wasn’t taking lightly. Written by Jennifer De Loyde
Keeping our furry friends free of fleas is a matter of both comfort and safety, as fleas are as annoying to them as they are to us. So, in this final blog about fleas, we thought it would be a good idea to talk about the differences between Vet and Over-The-Counter (OTC) flea products. Written by Dr. Shari Muller
Last time we looked at Ctenocephalides felis (the cat flea) – both its life cycle and common flea myths. This time I thought we would talk about problems that can be related to flea infestations. It would be a grave mistake to think of the flea as simply a nuisance. Written by Dr. Shari Muller
Lets ‘jump aboard & sink our teeth’ into some more information about fleas: The true story. Written by Dr. Shari Muller
Providing your furry friend with the best in health care, and visiting The Cat Clinic on a regular basis will help to ensure you are taking the necessary steps to protect your cat’s well-being. There are many viruses and infectious diseases that your cat may be exposed to, even if they are indoors. Vaccinating your cat according to the recommended schedule will help make certain your cat is healthy and free from disease.
Recently, racoons in Hamilton have tested positive for rabies. These are the first cases of rabies detected in racoons in this area in several years (the last reported case occurred in 2005). This presents a significant threat to humans, dogs, and cats in Hamilton.
Taking the necessary steps to prepare your cat for travel ahead of time will help make the experience more pleasant for both you and your pet.
Arthritis is a common condition affecting cats of all ages but mostly older cats. Fortunately there are many ways to slow the progression of arthritis and treat the associated pain. Written by Dr.Dianne Bourdeau
The Cat Clinic team knows that caring for you cat is a great responsibility and one that frequently requires making decisions to benefit their health and well-being. One of the best decisions you can make as a cat owner is to have your cat spayed or neutered.
We never think it's going to happen to us but it is always best to be prepared in the event that our feline friends get lost. By taking these few steps you can greatly increase the chances of them being able to find their way back to you.
Heart disease is a common affliction of domestic cats, affecting an estimated 5-20% of pet cats. While often seen as disease of older cats, it can affect animals at any stage in life. Written by Dr.Matthew Kornya
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition of the joints and is a common cause of pain in cats. Cats are masters at hiding pain. This survival instinct protects them from being seen as weak to would-be predators. Written by Dr. Diane Bourdeau
The Cat Clinic has recently made the choice to stop performing declaws on cats. This has been a decision that our veterinarians and staff have contemplated for quite some time. Medicine has changed dramatically over the past several decades. Many procedures once common in both human beings and animals are no longer performed. We believe that not performing this procedure is the next step in advancing our medicine and patient care.
Kidney disease is present in a large number of older cats, with some studies suggesting up to 70% of elderly cats have some degree of insufficiency. Written by Dr.Matthew Kornya
Spring is here and the lilies are out. Many lilies are extremely toxic to cats. When in doubt get your cat to the vet and snap a pic of the suspect ! Written by Dr.Jean Clark
Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid glands) is a very common disorder of older cats. Thyroid hormones are responsible for regulating many body processes and when too much hormone is produced the clinical signs can be quite dramatic, and if left untreated cats can become seriously ill. Cats with hyperthyroidism can be well managed and with careful treatment may live normal lives for many years. Written by Dr.Matthew Kornya
We are excited to let you know our sister clinic, Village Cat Clinic would like to invite our senior cats (7years and older) in for a free examination and blood pressure analysis. Written by Dr.Mark Camilleri
High Blood Pressure, also known as “Hypertension” is a common condition in both humans and cats worldwide. Written by Dr.Matthew Kornya
Tips for Keeping Pets Safe this Holiday Season from The Pet Poison Help Line.
We had so much fun seeing everyone's gorgeous kitty pictures last year that we've decided to do it again!
Like humans, cats are living longer and longer with each passing decade. Advances in medical science, nutrition, and preventative healthcare have played a major role in this increased longevity. Cats in modern society also have an increased value placed on their health and wellbeing, leading to better care and medical attention. With this greater life span, cats also face a whole new set of health concerns that are uncommon in younger cats. Written by Dr. Matthew Kornya
Happy Halloween! Here are a few extra precautions to help your cat enjoy the holiday! Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Many types of parasites commonly infect cats in Southern Ontario. These parasites can be transmitted though hunting mice, birds or rabbits; by contact with other animals or their feces; through potting soil for houseplants; by fleas, mosquitos and other biting insects; or by contact with people. Written by Dr. Matthew Kornya
This toy Kong wild tail serves well for both interactive and self-play. Don't forget for every toy sold a donation will be made to a local cat rescue. Written by Emma Brock
We welcome the opportunity to discuss several of the more common food MYTHS that we hear from our clients on a regular basis. Written by Dr. Shari Muller
Cats are genetically driven to hide signs of illness, weakness, pain or injury. Their ancestors survived by going unnoticed. Written by Dr.Jean Clark
Cats are a species that are unique in many ways. One of the more sinister of these is their tendency to develop injection site reactions. The type of injection that is most risky for your cat is an “adjuvanted vaccine”. Written by Dr.Matthew Kornya
As the cat population ages, dental and oral health is becoming a larger issue for our feline friends. Tartar and gingivitis, periodontal disease, cavities, fractures, and ulcers are all common conditions in today’s feline. Just like in humans, preventative care is the most important step in ensuring your cat’s mouth stays clean and disease free. Written by Dr.Matthew Kornya
When I was asked if I could recommend a toy to clients, the first thing I thought of was Fluff Bunnies. Written by Rebecca Hardwick
At The Cat Clinic and Village Cat Clinic our staff all love and play with their cats. With that in mind we are picking a “Toy of the Month” based on toys that our cats enjoy. So, enrich your cat’s life and help a homeless cat by bringing your “hunting/stalking feline” the “toy of the month” home. Written by Dr Liz O’Brien DVM, DABVP (feline)
July and August in Ontario are usually seen as the season for BBQs, trips to the beach, sunbathing, and in the veterinary world, cuterebra. This gruesome little critter may not be the most talked-about parasite of the summer, but (contrary to its “cute” name) it certainly has the most gross-out value. Written by Dr Matthew Kornya
Sometimes when fostering letting them go is the hardest thing, but as foster parents you do so they can move on to the next part of their life.....but sometimes the kitten has other idea's. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Cats, just like people, can be infected with retroviruses. These viruses are masters of disguise that can remain hidden for many years before causing obvious disease. Written by Dr Matthew Kornya
We haven't done a staff pet profile for awhile so we thought we should correct this over site by introducing Eli. Eli is the oldest kitty in Rebecca's household. Written by Rebecca Hardwick
We’ve registered to participate in National Cupcake Day™ for SPCAs & Humane Societies. It’s a brand new event and will help raise awareness and urgently-needed funds to support animals that are abused, abandoned, neglected or no longer wanted. Written by Katie Goliboski
Leo was left behind at the HBSPCA. This poor boy had a life threatening urinary problem where the penis becomes blocked and won’t allow the cat to urinate. The HBSPCA did everything within their power to help poor Leo but it soon became apparent he needed medication and treatments that they didn’t have at their disposal. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Like most kittens Krinkles next adventure was to undergo an anesthetic and have surgery. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
In Katie's household there is room for only one cat, and not because all other space is filled with dogs. Written by Katie Goliboski
As part of our team’s ongoing commitment to feline care, both locally and across Canada, Dr. O’Brien has joined forces with the other three feline specialists in Canada. They have co-authored preventive healthcare protocols specifically for cats.
The brave Captain Krinkles demonstrates how to give blood samples and explains the importance of preanaesthic and FeLV/FIV testing. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Captain Krinkles like many the other little kittens had worms. Deworming and Fecal Testing is important because there are several human health risks that can be directly linked to household pets having untreated parasites and of course these parasites are stealing valuable nutrients from your kitten and causing irritation in the intestinal lining. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Krinkles is now 14weeks old and like all kittens has been in to the clinic for his physical examinations and vaccines. For all our patients safety The Cat Clinic uses only non-adjuvanted vaccinations and performs a complete physical examination with every visit. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Buttercups elastic loop collar had been pulled up and was caught in her mouth. This unfortunately is a common problem with these type of collars and why we recommend the buckle style breakaway collars. Buttercup's jaw and mouth had large wounds that were infected from the collar digging in and the skin on her chest was very irritated from her drooling and trying to paw at her mouth. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
For most families the perception is that a “good trip” to the veterinary hospital starts when you walk in the front door but it actually starts the very first day a kitten comes into his new home. One of the biggest limitations when a veterinarian is doing a physical exam is the cat or kittens stress level and how they respond to that stress. But how can we as an owner minimize that stress? Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
On April 11th a little smoke British Short Hair kitten came into the hospital, he was only about 2 weeks old. This kitten that later became known as Captain Krinkles had an unfortunate accident which ruptured the globe of his right eye. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Trooper is a stray who at the time being unneutered got into a lot of fights to guard his territory. One of the big risks with outdoor cats is infected bite wounds caused mostly by other cats. To make things more complicated Trooper also turned out to have Feline Immunodeficiency Virus or FIV. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
The Cat Clinic and Village Cat Clinic were proud to announce our participation in The Inside Ride this year! The Inside Ride is Canada’s first indoor cycling celebration that raises funds in support of children and their families living with and beyond childhood cancer.
As promised another staff pet profile. Molly is a 10 year old standard poodle who lives with Dr.Chernesky. We thought we'd post a dog next just to show that even though we are a cat hospital we are equal opportunity animal lovers! Written by Dr. Sandra Chernesky
Just for fun over the course of the next couple of months we are going to post some profiles of staff members pets. Since he’s been mentioned on facebook several times because of his deviousness we thought we’d start with Motor. The happy little handicapped terror of Angie's house. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Warning contains graphic images. Einstein had to have surgery to remove a life threatening string that was damaging his entire gastrointestinal system. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
As your cat reaches adulthood and on to middle age, dental and periodontal disease is extremely common. This disease process can be painful enough to stop your pet from eating and the resulting bacterial infection can have significant effects on your cat’s heart and kidney function. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Bennie had an uncommon condition called "idiopathic necrosis of the femoral neck" with a resulting break of the right femoral head. He needed a very specialized surgery so we called in Dr.Kim Murphy a Board Certified Surgeon to preform a bilateral femoral head and neck excision arthroplasty. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Hamilton and the surrounding areas are having a particularly heavy bat season this year. Traditionally bat season is in the beginning of August but this year the public health office is reporting bat related calls are up by about 200% over previous years. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Heartworm is something dog owners have been concerned about for years and with the influx of “Katrina Dogs,” southern Ontario has once again become a heartworm hot bed. As testing for heartworm improves, unfortunately new studies are undeniably showing that your cat's risk for a heartworm infection is as high as the family dog. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT