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Easy Ways to Bond With Your Cat

Cats are laid back and enjoy activities like napping, basking in the sun and of course, eating. Cats are also intrinsic hunters that love the thrill of the chase. The house cat is also a regular groomer. By tapping into these instincts, you can make your cat happier physically and mentally. Here are some easy ways to bond with your pet.

Toys

Laser pointers are inexpensive, and the kitties LOVE these things. That allusive red dot can awaken your cat’s ingrained desire to hunt and stalk. It’s also very user-friendly. Laser pointers are loved by cats young and old.

Mylar ball – the crinkly plastic balls also trigger a playing hunting reaction with cats. The balls are an excellent alternative to a fabric fish or mouse. The plastic provides a crunch when bitten and tumbles across the floor quickly when swatted. In my own experience, my most senior feline preferred the mylar balls over a catnip mouse any day.

Catnip or Honey Suckle – cats usually prefer either catnip or honeysuckle. Both products contain naturally derived plant products that trigger a psychedelic response for cats. After dispensing the product onto a toy (such as a mylar ball or scratching post) expect a sudden burst of energy, dilated pupils or just a happy cat rolling around making out with their toys.

Brushing

Brushing your feline frequently will not only make your kitty feel pampered and soft, but it’s also incredibly beneficial for their health! Brushes like the zoom groom or undercoat rake are about $10. Most cats will happily sit on your lap and enjoy a thorough brushing. The zoom groom has thick rubber spikes that gently massages the skin while you brush. The undercoat rake is very effective for cats with long or thick fur. Regular brushing is the single most effective way to prevent hairballs.

Written by Morinville Veterinary Clinic

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Last updated: July 23, 2020

Dear Clients,

Thank you for choosing Morinville Veterinary Clinic for your pets' veterinary needs. As we continue to adjust to the "new normal," we have implemented new protocols to keep you and our team safe.

It is still preferred that you stay in your vehicle while we bring your pet in for their appointment. However, as of Monday, July 21, 2020, we will be allowing one client to accompany their pet during their visit.

Along with wearing a face mask and using hand sanitizer, any client wishing to be present during an exam will need to record your name, phone number and email address for contact tracing purposes, in compliance with Alberta Health requirements.

Should you choose to come in with your pet, we kindly ask that you comply with the following protocols:

  • Our doors will remain locked. Please call us at 780.939.3133 upon your arrival.
  • Physical distance with staff and other clients while inside the building.
  • Face coverings must be worn to enter the clinic.
  • Use hand washing station upon entry.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • If you wish to wait in your vehicle during the appointment, when you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • 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.

    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.

    OPERATING HOURS

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    - Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
    - Saturday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

    - Your dedicated team at Morinville Veterinary Clinic