June is National Adopt a Shelter Cat month, and thanks to a seasonal increase in the birth of litters of kittens, it is also the height of what we often call “kitten season.” It’s a great time to think about adopting a new cat into your family. Adopting a new cat seems like a simple proposition, but there are some things to think about and prepare before bringing a new cat into your home.
For the past year, Thursday nights at Animal Hospital of North Asheville have been filled with the sounds of puppies, families, laughter and play. Puppy Preschool has been the place to be. Over the past year our Puppy Preschool has grown, changed and developed in to a special place for puppies and their families to socialize and learn.
A heart murmur is an abnormal sound heard on auscultation (listening) of the heart with a stethoscope. The normal heart makes two distinct sounds often described as "lub" and "dub", which are the sounds of the heart valves closing. A murmur is often described as a "shooshing" or "whooshing" sound that occurs in between the normal lub-dub-lub-dub sounds of the heart.
In recognition of June being Adopt-a-Cat Month, Animal Hospital of North Asheville will host a free, fun and informative Help Session on how to introduce a new cat into your home. You will learn the many things that you can do to decrease the stress of adjustment whether the new home already has pet family members or not. Come learn not only the right way to help cats learn to share their space with other pets, but also the ways you can make your home less stressful for your cat.
Whether you are bringing a new cat into your household or you already have established feline family members, be sure you have met their basic needs. Cats need more than just food and water available. When cats are stressed it can affect their health and behavior causing issues such as inappropriate urination, lack of appetite, inter-cat aggression and much more.