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  • Recommended vaccinations

    Cats and kittens are at risk for several serious diseases. Take a moment to learn a little about them, the threat they pose to your pet and see which vaccines are required by law. And remember, even if your cat is an “inside” cat, he or she is still at risk.

    Rabies

    Rabies is always fatal. Rabies virus attacks the central nervous system of the animal, leading to an agonizing death. Infection is usually transmitted via the saliva of a rabid animal, through a bite, through contamination of scratch wounds or via mucosal membranes. Because rabies can be transmitted from infected animals to humans, it can pose a serious public health concern if an outbreak is suspected or reported. Most states have laws requiring rabies vaccines.

    Feline Panleukopenia

    Feline Panleukopenia is caused by feline parvovirus. Panleukopenia causes high mortality in kittens. It is highly contagious and is spread through contact with an infected animal's bodily fluids or feces. It can be spread through contact with bedding, food dishes, or even by the clothing and shoes of those who handle infected animals. Clinical signs include loss of appetite, fever, and frequent vomiting.

    Respiratory Disease (Complex)

    Just as humans spread colds amongst each other easily, feline viral respiratory diseases are highly contagious illnesses that can spread rapidly through multi-cat homes, catteries, and shelters (but cats cannot catch our colds and we can’t catch their respiratory diseases). They are one of the most common infectious disease problems a cat owner is likely to encounter. Clinical signs include: sneezing, runny nose, and loss of appetite.

    Feline Leukemia Virus

    Feline Leukemia occurs worldwide and is a common cause of fatality in cats. The disease is spread through contact with saliva or blood, or from sharing food and water dishes with an infected cat. A cat fight is a common way of contacting those fluids, but social grooming can spread the virus. Even cats that appear healthy can be infected with the virus. Kittens are especially vulnerable; they can contract the disease in their mother’s womb, or after birth through mother’s milk. The virus attacks the cat's immune system, leading to immune system suppression, increased risk of certain cancers, and suppression of the bone marrow. Clinical signs can vary, but include pale gums, yellow in the whites of eyes, fever, loss of appetite, and breathing difficulty.

  • Nutrition

    If you suspect that your pet is overweight, we recommend a physical exam and discussing with your vet about the different changes you can make that will benefit your pets health and needs.

    For example:

    • Feeding the same diet but feeding less
    • Reduce or eliminate treats
    • Put on a special prescription diet
    • Get your pet to be more active/exercise

    When it comes to exercising, our veterinarian and staff can also suggest ways to get your pet to be more active, this step alone can result in a drastic difference in your cat’s weight.

    We also recommend measuring the correct amount of food your pet receives daily, keeping the measurement consistent. The measurement can be divided into once or twice daily feedings.

    Remember to be patient with your cat’s weight loss program, it is a gradual process.

    *We can provide free measuring cups upon request*

  • Exercise

    Exercise can keep your cat’s weight down, as well as help him/her avoid getting certain illnesses like diabetes and as the pet ages, help minimize any discomfort caused by arthritis.

    Cats are not like dogs; they are less willing and can be difficult to get them moving. Unlike with dogs, it may not be practical to take your cat outside on a leash walk. So usually more subtle methods of encouraging exercise are necessary.

    You can encourage your cat to chase a laser pointer dot around a room, chase a ball around a room or even down some stairs. If you’re lucky they may even learn to fetch!

    If your cat is food motivated, then you can have them scavenge around your home for their meal. If possible you can strategically place small meals throughout the house, this way; the cat is forced to be active if he wants to eat.