Three Weird Cat Behaviors Explained

Our feline friends are wonderful companions, but they can also be curious critters when it comes to some of their behaviors.  Here are three weird cat behaviors explained.

My Cat “Head Butts” Me.

Does your kitty rub his face on you?  This is also known as “head butting” Don’t worry, this is a good thing! This is his way of saying “hello, you are my people and I trust you”.

Cats have scent markers in their cheeks and they are rubbing their pheromones on you when they “head butt” you.  This is just one of the many ways cats show their love for their humans.

 

My Cat Loves to Sit in Small Spaces.

If you’ve visited our office, you have probably met our charismatic clinic cat “Wesley”.  He is notorious for curling up in the recycle basket behind the front counter that is approximately one size too small to fit (what we would consider) Wesley comfortably.  However, with all his soft, plush beds scattered throughout the clinic, he still prefers to curl up in the basket.   So why does he prefer the small space?

Small spaces actually help cats feel more safe and secure.  This stems to when cats are in the wild, they aren’t going to take a nap in a big open space, are they? No, they are going to hide in an enclosed spot where they are hidden from any potential predators.  So, when they curl up in a box or hide in a small space, it means they are finding themselves a safe, secure spot.

My Cat Sleeps All Day and Keeps Me Up All Night.  

There’s nothing worse than when you are laying in bed at night just about to drift off to sleep and your cat decides to tear through the house like he’s chasing a ghost.  Cats need exercise and stimulation throughout the day to ensure a restful sleep at night.  Consider a cat food puzzle toy to make eating more of  a game or challenge.  Interactive toys, like a laser pointer or a Pounce toy are great ways to stimulate your cats body and mind.   It’s easy to think a cat is a “self-sufficient” pet, but they want companionship from their human friends just as much as we do!

 

 

 

4 Ways to Keep Your Dog’s Joints Healthy

By the time a new year arrives, the temperature is frigid in Iowa.  It’s easy for us to fall into a routine of warming up under a blanket by the fire or reading a book with a cup of coffee.  Many times, our pets don’t want to go outside any more than we do.  When we become sedentary, it can be harsh on our joints.  This is also true for our pets.  Just like our doctor’s encourage us to get exercise and take vitamins, there are several things you can do to keep your pet’s joints healthy as well.

 

 

1.  Exercise.  Take advantage of those warm, sunny days when they are here by taking your dog for a short walk.  Keep your dog active

indoors with interactive games.  Try hiding treats throughout the house and encourage him to sniff out the treats.  Play fetch or tug if you have a room big enough.  Doggy daycare is another good way to get them exercise and stimulation with other dogs.

2. Synovi G4:  This is a chewable supplement filled with glucosamine, turmeric and antioxidants to help keep your pet’s joints healthy.  It’s as easy as giving him a treat!  We carry these supplements in the clinic and are easily purchased with a prescription at SDMVC.

3. Acupuncture:  This can help with a variety of health problems in pets.  Acupuncture is performed by the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body to stimulate specific points on the body.  It can be very beneficial for dogs that have joint pain. Dr. Mullins does  acupuncture at South Des Moines Veterinary Center on Mondays and Wednesdays.

4. Therapeutics:  We have a wide variety of prescription medications that can help your dog’s joints if needed from anti-inflammatory medications to pain medications.

If you would like to discuss your pet’s joint health care, set up an appointment today!