Scaredy Cat! What Causes Cat Anxiety and What to Do About It

An anxious cat claws at a sliding glass door to escape.

Anxiety is fear of the unknown, feelings of worry, and anticipation of danger. While most humans are familiar with this feeling, we might not be aware that our feline family members can experience it, too. Unfortunately, anxiety in cats is more common than you would think! 

It can be tricky to determine whether your cat’s mood is from anxiety, or if it is just normal cat behavior. The team at Brodie Animal Hospital is here to help you identify the signs of anxiety in felines, and offer some tips to help your scaredy cat calm down. 

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Recognizing and Treating Cat Asthma

A black and white cat without asthma on a wood floor.

Is your cat hacking up a hairball or having an asthma attack? Asthma is a disease often caused by allergens. As in humans, when a cat inhales an allergen, the immune system responds to fight the allergen. This often results in inflammation and swelling that can affect your cat’s airways.

Common allergens are:

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Help! My Cat Pees Outside The Litter Box!

Cat owner cleaning floor as cat watches.

One of the most compelling reasons why people love living with cats is their natural ability to locate and use their own bathroom. Of course, not everyone enjoys scooping litter, but it sure is handy that pet cats instinctively know what to do and where to do it. 

Accordingly, when a cat pees outside the litter box it can be absolutely bewildering. There is likely a reason (or multiple explanations) why they’re missing the mark. Since it’s not something anyone can easily ignore, it’s time to figure out what’s really going on – and what you can do to help.

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Our Favorite Training Treats for Cats

A person pets a cat.

If you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, what does that say for teaching cats anything? Luckily, there isn’t a lot of truth behind that old adage. Senior dogs can, indeed, learn new things and cats can certainly be trained as well!

Brodie Animal Hospital is a big believer in positive reinforcement training for dogs and cats alike. Positive reinforcement techniques always leave that burning question, though – what kind of treats or best? Read on to learn about our favorite training treats for cats. 

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The Big Meow – Are You Ready for a Cat?

As the saying goes “a house is not a home without a cat”. This might not be true for everyone, but a home shared with one or more cats is definitely more cozy. This could be explained by their willingness to snuggle, or their engaged affection. Whatever the case may be, a warm, purring kitty is simply wonderful. 

With more than 90 million pet cats in homes nationwide, we are in full acknowledgment of all the amazement, joy, and contentment they bring. However, there is a difference between wanting one and being truly ready for a cat. 

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The Importance of Preventive Care for Cats

If you own a cat (or they own you), you know how fiercely independent they can be. Indeed, their curiosity and independence are some of the characteristics we love best about them. But behind their unique personalities lies an important secret: it can be sometimes hard to know if your cat is healthy or not.

Although it may seem as if our cats can and do take care of themselves, in reality, cats need our attention and care in order to thrive. Never is the adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” more true than when considering preventive care for our pets. Preventing disease is not only easier on your cat, it is also easier on your wallet than treatment.

Here, Brodie Animal Hospital takes a look at the importance of preventive care for cats.

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Is it Possible to Achieve Summer Pet Safety in Austin?

Summer pet safety in Austin is key for outdoor pet funIs it hot enough for ya? It’s so hot the swimming pool is boiling. You could fry an egg on the sidewalk. It’s hotter than a blister bug in a pepper patch!

We sure do have a lot of colorful sayings here in Texas related to the heat – and for good reason! As the notorious heat and humidity climb, pet owners have some extra work to do around summer pet safety. Let the team at Brodie Animal Hospital help!  

Rules About Heat

Protecting your pet from extreme heat is an absolute must. The cool, clean water should flow endlessly, and shade is equally important. Keep your pet indoors as much as possible during the day, and exercise them at dawn and/or dusk. Also: Continue…