Kitty Conundrum: Why Do Cats Love Boxes?

Cat playing Peek a Boo in a boxThe image of a cat in a cardboard box is so ubiquitous it’s becoming cliche. Countless jokes, stories, cartoons, internet memes, even entire websites are devoted to the love affair between cats and boxes. Most of us take it for granted, but have you ever stopped to wonder why it is that cats love boxes so much?

Here at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital, we prefer to tackle life’s mysteries head on. We’ve looked at the research and outlined, for your reading pleasure, the most compelling reasons why Fluffy bypasses the adorable DJ Kitty Scratching Pad you bought her and heads straight for the box it was delivered in.


The Importance of Poop: Pet Fecal Testing

selfie happy dogYour pet’s bowel movements may not be the most pleasant part of pet ownership, but poop is important. A stool sample can tell us a lot about an animal’s overall health, digestive function, and parasite status, and can hold a wealth of clues when it comes to diagnosing and treating illness.

Learn why your vets at Rocklin Ranch are so big on pet fecal testing when it comes to the health and happiness of your furry family member.


Good Combo? The Truth About Holiday Plants and Pets

Peace at ChristmasIt’s possible that your pet shows little interest in your recently purchased potted beauty, but if it’s wrapped in shiny red or green material, take heed. While certain holiday plants add a great deal to your home’s holiday aesthetic, they have the frightening potential to cause a pet emergency. Your friends at Rocklin Ranch understand these concerns and offer the best tips concerning holiday plants and pets.

All the Pretty Little Things

With all the sparkles, glitter, and blinking lights, the holidays take on a certain magical quality. Likewise, bannisters wrapped in garlands of evergreen and decorative wreaths and centerpieces add a warm holiday appeal to any home. If you can keep these holiday plants and pets apart, you’ll be taking preventive measures against a potential poisoning or other emergency.


Going Out of Town? Check Your Pet Emergency Plan

Holiday season with my best friendHaving an emergency involving your pet is bad enough, but having one when you are not there is even worse. It is important to have a plan in place in the event of an animal emergency. If you are going out of town and leaving your pet in the care of someone else, it is even more important.

Put your pet emergency plan in place this holiday season, before you enjoy the festivities.