Cats have unique needs and requirements when compared to other companion animals. To assist you in learning about your cat and how to keep it happy and healthy, we're sharing some reputable websites for your reference.
Many sources of information about cats are available online. Finding high-quality, reliable information can be tricky, though.
Sometimes a seemingly simple visit to the veterinarian can be stressful for both cat and owner. To decrease your cat's stress level (and yours!), we've dedicated two exam rooms exclusively to our feline friends. These exam rooms are free of 'doggie' smells, full of cat toys, as well as Feliway diffusers, to help your cat feel as comfortable as it can during its vet visit.
We are also proud to be certified a Cat Friendly Practice by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). Lisa and Kristen, our dedicated Feline Advocates, are available for anything cat related! Feel free to contact them at any time!
The AAFP website has an extensive library of feline health topics regarding preventive care, nursing care, signs and symptoms, and medical care as well as a search function to find specific topics. You'll find a lot of valuable information here.
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine's Feline Health Center is a veterinary specialty center devoted to improving the health and well-being of cats everywhere by:
- Finding ways of preventing and curing diseases of cats by conducting and sponsoring breakthrough feline health studies.
- Educating veterinarians and cat owners about feline health by providing timely medical information and by promoting public understanding and awareness of feline issues.
- Aiding veterinarians when new or unknown feline diseases occur.
Your pretty little kitty is probably steadfastly independent and likes to do things her way. But as her owner, your job is to make sure she's staying healthy (and geared up for her continuous nap sessions). Are you feeding your cat the appropriate foods at the appropriate age? Can you actually change your cat's behavior? (Yes!) And, how can you prevent certain feline health conditions? Get the answers to these important questions, plus more tips on keeping your kitty happily purring along.
Are you frustrated that your cat is missing the litter box? Has the carpet, sofa, sliding door or bathtub become the target of urine or stool "deposits"? Is your cat spraying or marking the walls, clothing, or bedding in the household? The Litterbox Guru and LitterBox Behavior Solutions can help you with these common issues.
Many cats lose their homes, and frequently their lives as well, due to litter box problems. Their inappropriate elimination is usually due to medical problems, litter box choices and types of litter, litter box hygiene problems and/or stressful interactions and situations. Your cat is not having problems because they are a bad cat, or mad at you, or because they are trying to make your life miserable. Litterbox Behavior Solutions can help you address the situation as quickly and effectively as possible.
Animal Hospital of Streamwood is a designated Cat Friendly Practice. We participate in the Cat Friendly Practice program in association with the American Association of Feline Practitioners. This is a program that helps veterinarians to "integrate a feline perspective and embrace the standards needed to elevate care for cats." Dr. Elizabeth is a member of the AAFP; she brings her special interest in feline care to our practice. We invite you to learn more about the program by clicking the link above.