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Best Bowls

Did you know there is a right and wrong when it comes to bowls? Picking the right bowl for your feline friend can be a trial and error process, but here are some tips for picking the best one.

Size matters
Every cat is different, but it is very common for a cat not to like their whiskers touching the bowl. When picking one, be sure to choose one shallow enough for your fur baby to reach the bottom without having their whiskers get pushed back. Some cats prefer plates for this reason! Make sure there are no hard edges or 90-degree angles; it can be tough to get food out of those little spots. Look for bowls that have a smooth slope from the edge to the bottom. Not only will this make it easier for your cat, but easier on you to properly clean.

Material
Did you know that plastic is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria? When choosing the right bowl, always consider what they are made of. Sure, the plastic ones always come in cute patterns and fun shapes, but they can also come with a side of feline acne. The best bowls are ceramic or stainless steel; not only do bacteria tend to thrive less, but they are also super easy to clean!

Slow Feeders
Do you have a very food driven or bored cat at home? Consider a puzzle feeder for their dry food. Puzzle feeders typically involve more interaction from your cat and can be as simple as pushing a ball around to get the food, to having to push the food through a multi-level feeder with their paws. These feeders can help slow down the cats that scarf their food down until they are sick, and help keep their brains occupied at the same time! It’s a toy that gives them food!

Cleanliness
Cleaning is one of the most important parts when it comes to having proper bowls! Both their water and food bowls should be cleaned daily in order to prevent bacteria growth. Do you eat off a dirty plate every day? Your cat shouldn’t either. Consider having multiple bowls in the rotation if you don’t like doing the dishes every day.

In Summary, choose bowls that are:

  • Shallow with sloped edges.
  • Ceramic or stainless steel.
  • Puzzle feeders for the more food driven cats.
  • Easy to clean

If you ever have any questions feel free to reach out to us!

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The Importance of Microchips

A microchip is a small chip that is placed under the skin between the shoulders. The needle we use is larger than a typical blood collection needle, though other than the initial poke does not cause any ongoing pain. Each microchip has a unique number that is retrievable with a special scanner that all veterinary clinics and rescue associations have. When a found cat is brought to a clinic or rescue facility, it is checked for a microchip by running the scanner over the body. The number populates off the scanner which can then be put into a search system which will tell us which company it is registered with. There are many different microchip companies out there, so it is important to know which one your cat has so you can keep your contact information up to date. We can then call the company linked to the chip, who can then give us the contact information that you provided when it was registered so we can get in contact with you! The companies are instructed to only provide your contact information to an animal professional or to the owner. Microchips are NOT tracking devices; they need to be scanned in order for your furry family member to get home to you. There is a small fee to get your cat microchipped but no monthly cost afterwards. However, some microchip companies do charge a small fee to update addresses and other contact information. What is the difference between a microchip and tattoo? Tattoos are slowly becoming a less common form of identification. Tattoo quality can decrease over time due to aging, quality of the tattoo to start, and other environmental changes that can affect the skin of the ear. What this means is that a well-done tattoo 10 years later can be difficult to read due to the blurring of the letters and numbers over time. This change can make it nearly impossible sometimes to identify the collection of digits which is a big problem since that combination is unique to a clinic and cat! A microchip does not age over time but in rare instances can travel from the shoulders, which is why we scan the entire cat for a chip before determining that they do not have one. Additionally, tattoo information is often kept on paper, while microchips are all digital. It is very important to microchip your cat! We often get comments about how indoor only cats do not require them and if anything, it’s actually the opposite! Indoor cats accidentally getting out are where most of our phone calls about missing cats come from. This is because they’re not supposed to be outside and are likely not equipped to hunt and fend for themselves. So, when a neighbour sees an unfamiliar neighbourhood cat and takes it to a clinic to have scanned, it now has no form of identification to get home to you and is taken to the city in the hopes of an owner coming forward and claiming them.

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Last updated: May 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 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 Killarney Cat Hospital