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Feline Enrichment

Some days I wish I could trade spots with my cats, they laze the day away; cats seem to have it so easy. I’d love to lie in the sun all day, with not a care in the world.

The truth is, cats need help to keep them physically and mentally stimulated. Boredom can lead to many health issues such as stress, lower urinary tract disease, obesity, high-stress, over-grooming, to name a few.

There are many ways to keep your felines busy and entertained. These are also great bonding tools for you and your cat.

  • Scratching posts are a fantastic tool. Scratching is normal behaviour for cats, as it releases stress, marks territory and can help prevent them from scratching other items. Many different materials can be used such as carpet, twine, cardboard. Some cats are very particular about what they will and will not scratch.
  • Cats love height. If you can provide cat trees or hang cat shelves on the wall so they can climb and explore, this is a natural behaviour.
  • Toys are a great bonding tool, there are so many types! Mice that squeak, bells in balls, feathers on sticks, catnip pillows, laser lights, these can provide hours of entertainment, for both of you.
  • Treat dispensing toys are great mental stimulation. They have to roll the ball around, dig in the right hole, etc. to get to the treat.
  • Window sills. Cats love lying in the sun, watching the birds and squirrels outside. Again, this can provide hours of entertainment. You can even add a piece of wood to your window sill so it’s wider for the cat, even carpet it so he can make it his scratcher.
  • Brushing your cat, if they allow you to. Some cats love this and give you their bellies, my boys fight over who gets the brush first. I make it a habit of brushing and clipping their nails at the same time.

Cats are very particular and love routine. The more time you give them, the happier they will be. In turn, the healthier they will be.

Written by Amanda Chamberlain, Practice Manager

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Aylmer Veterinary Clinic