Sabal Chase Animal Clinic

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Monday, September 30, 2013

October Pet of the Month

Our October Pet of the Month is Lady! 

Lady is 7 years old and was adopted from an animal clinic in Wisconsin when she was 2 years old. You would never know she was brought in to be euthanized for aggression! Moo, her declawed kitty sister, was not impressed and quickly beat her up! 

Luckily, Moo and Lady became fast friends and play constantly. 

In Wisconsin she loved to chase squirrels, but once moving to Florida she discovered anole chasing is much more fun! 

Congratulations Lady! Tell all your friends that you are Our October Pet of the Month! 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Why Do Cats Do That? Rubbing up against everything.

Why Do Cats Rub Up Against Everything - Including Me?!

Cats have scent glands on their lips, chins, and tails.  Additionally, scent glands are present on each side of their heads, and between their front paws.  They use these glands to mark their territory with their scent.  

When your cat rubs you, she is marking you with her scent, thus claiming you as "hers".  In the process of doing so, she picks up your scent as well.  Cats rub up against furniture and doorways as well - to mark the objects and places as "hers".

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Why Do Cats Do That? Drawn To People Who Don't Like Them.

Why Are Cats Drawn to People Who Don't Like Them?

When cats threaten or challenge each other, they stare boldly and intently while moving towards one another. 

People who do not like cats will often avoid eye contact with the cat. Rather than talk to the cat or attempt to engage it, they prefer to sit quietly, hoping the cat will ignore them.  Cats associate this body language with neutrality and passivity.  It tells them the person is safe to approach.  

Additionally, if the cat is accustomed to being the center of his human's attention, an aloof visitor can easily pique his natural curiosity!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Why Do Cats Do That? Making Biscuits.

Why Do Cats "Make Biscuits" With Their Paws?

When a cat "makes biscuits", she stretches out the digits on her front paws and pushes them downward as if she were kneading dough.  

When kittens are nursing, they knead their paws against Mom, either as a sign of contentment, or to encourage milk flow.  When they mature, they may knead against humans, toys, beds, blankets - anything is fair game.  

This behavior shows contentment and pleasure, and is often accompanied by purring.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

September's Pet of the Month

September's Pet of the Month is Toby, an adopted 2 year old German Shepherd. Toby is easy going, happy, loves to play - and is super cute! 

Congratulations Toby! Share with all of your friends - You are our Pet of the Month! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Summertime Safety Tips - Bugs...Ugh

Summertime Safety Tips - Bugs...Ugh

Thanks to warm winters across North America, entomologists are predicting an explosion in flea and tick populations this summer.  Mosquitoes carry deadly heartworm disease, and intestinal parasites thrive in humid conditions.  

Make sure your dogs and cats are up to date on heartworm, flea, and tick prevention, even if they never go outdoors.  The creepy critters can easily enter our homes when we open our doors, and often hitch rides on shoes, socks, and clothing.