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Welcome to Cats at Home Feline Hospital

Cats at Home Feline Hospital is dedicated solely to the care and wellness of felines. Located in Cloverdale (Surrey), British Columbia, we provide high quality, progressive and compassionate care for felines in a relaxed environment that is comfortable for both the patient and their human companion. As cat owners ourselves, the dedicated Cats at Home team are committed to providing excellent care. We are sensitive to each and every feline personality and we tailor our approach and handling accordingly.

 

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Did You Ever Wonder Why Cats Need To Go To The Veterinarian?

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There are more cats in Canada as pets than there are dogs, however fewer cats visit Veterinarians.  Some speculate that Cats are more independent and don't need the same care and attention.  Cats don't like change and may create a big fuss if they are kenneled and driven to the hospital for an exam.  The truth is they need medical care just like us and a significant issue is that Cats age faster than people.  Cats age about 4-5 years to our one year so a 10 year old cat is actually 56 years old.  Even though your cat may project a healthy life at home it is important to have the Veterinarian examine them as they are very good at hiding sickness.  Obvious visits are for vaccines and boosters to help protect them from exposure to various viruses, but because they can hide symptoms, only the expertise of the Veterinarian will be able to detect issues they are not telling you about.  Cats are predators and so they don't want to show signs of weakness.

The Veterinary visit is also important for the welfare of your family.  Cats can harbour parasites and some of these are transmittable to people.  Young children, people with immune compromised health, and seniors are at risk if they pick up one of the parasites carried by cats.

Finally the visit to the hospital gives you the opportunity to ask questions about certain behaviours and health related issues like aging and food choices.  Having your cat seen by the Vet regularly reduces their fear and makes the visit more enjoyable.

 

Ten Signs That Your Cat May Be Sick or in Pain

 

1. Inappropriate elimination

2. Change in interaction with people or other pets

3. Change in activity level

4. Change in sleeping habits

5. Change in food or water consumption

6. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain

7. Change in grooming habits

8. Signs of stress

9. Change in vocalization

10. Bad breath

 

 

Check out www.petfoodnutrition.com for helpful information.

 

June 2013 BOOK REVIEW by Dr. Susan Thompson Cats at Home Feline Hospital

TITLE: Complete and Balanced 101 Healthy Home-made Meals for Cats by Hilary Watson, B.Sc. Guelph Ontario.

This book is designed to be used with Hilary's Blend for Cats Supplement produced by HW Veterinary Nutrition Inc., Guelph, Ontario.(www.CompleteandBalancedforCats.com)

According to the author, she has worked as a pet nutritionist for over 20 years and used food formulation software to develop this supplement "the first and only vitamin mineral prebiotic supplement specifically designed to balance home-made recipes". 

I was initially quite skeptical not only about the supplement but also about home cooking for cats, given the cat's requirement for a carnivorous diet containing essential amino acids and fatty acids that the cat is unable to make themselves.  However, she found this book to be extremely informative and an easy interesting read. 

The first 11 chapters address all the basic principles of feline nutrition with accuracy.  Then Ms Watson follows up with 101 Feline Recipes based on different protein sources, senior vs kitten, low calorie, single antigen, and even low oxalate formulations.  Each recipe is accompanied by a very complex nutritional analysis of protein, fat, minerals, vitamins, fatty acids, and fibre as well as a feeding guide.

I would highly recommend this book for all cat caregivers even if you don't plan on home-cooking.  It will give  you a much greater appreciation for the complexities of formulating commercial cat food and who knows, you  may be inspired to try out a recipe rather than giving your cat cooked chicken which is not "complete and balanced." 

This book and the supplements are available at our hospital.  Please call if you wish to purchase one. Dr. Susan Thompson

 

Does your cat have hairballs?

hairball1All cats groom, whether they be our pampered domestic housecats, or 600 pound tigers.  BUT, hairballs are rare in zoo cats.

Adult housecats will groom an average of 3.6 hours per day, or approximately 25% of waking hours.  Their barbed tongue removes loose hair, which is then swallowed.

If 25% of waking hours is the “normal” grooming time for cats, there are some cats who fall outside of this norm.

Cats may groom less if they suffer from pain or stiffness, such as arthritis, or if they are feeling “under the weather,” and like me when I’ve got the flu, they just don’t care how they look!

Cats may groom more than 3.6 hours per day if they suffer from parasites, allergies, illness, pain, or stress.

Normal groomers and undergroomers should not have hairballs, ever.  Overgroomers MAY have hairballs.

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A Street Cat Named Bob Book Review

acatnamedbobBook Review March 18, 2013 by Dr. Susan Thompson

A Street Cat Named Bob

Bowen, James 2012. Hodder and Stoughton, Great Britain.

Most of us who love cats, love to read books about cats too. So when one of my staff told me I would
really enjoy this book, she was right. However, there is something about this story that is truly heart
warming and affirms for me the role a cat may have in a human’s life experience.

This is the true story of James, a street musician and young man very much down on his luck in London,
England. In 2007 Bob, a ginger cat, adopts James and shows him that he can in fact find a better path
through life.


 

 Client Testimonials June 2013

 

Thank you for agreeing to take Max on as a patient!  We can’t actually put into words how meaningful the time and information you gave to us was. We came home and Max went straight to his food and ate – and then came outside in the yard with us for the rest of the evening … a huge change from hiding under the bed and not eating for several days. He has eaten well all weekend and seems to be completely unaffected by this trip to the vet. We “humans” feel that we are finally getting the right answers and changes Max needed. It’s a great relief.

… our the neighbor across the street wants to bring her cat to you now as well! She cares for Max when we are out of town – and in addition to listening and seeing our appreciation – she was thrilled with how relaxed and “back to himself” Max Cat was!

We hope more people have the opportunity to come to your clinic and get the same attention, answers and care that we got … M. & M.S. - May 2012

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Location

Unit 3, 17967 56th Avenue

Surrey, BC V3S 1E2 Canada
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Contact

Telephone: 604-574-8873
Fax: 604-574-8973

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 catsathomehospital@shawbiz.ca

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Hospital Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:00 am-5:30 pm
Sat:     8:30 am-4:30 pm
Sun:  Closed

 Easter Weekend 2014

Closed:April 18-21st

Good Friday April 18th

Saturday 19th Closed
Sunday 20th Closed
Monday 21st Closed

 Tuesday 22nd   Regular Hours

FOR AFTER HOURS EMERGENCIES, PLEASE CONTACT:

Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley

Telephone: 604-514-1711

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