Touchy, Feely: All About Cat Whiskers

cat whiskersDelicate, complex, mysterious… cat whiskers embody what being a feline is all about. As cat lovers, the staff at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital want to know more about these adorable adornments and the ways in which they are integral to cat behavior. Read on to learn what we found out about cat whiskers.

The Evolution of Cat Whiskers

Cat whiskers have been around ever since cats have, which by some accounts is around 9,500 years. These sensitive, specialized organs, more properly known as vibrissae, have evolved to sprout from the feline muzzle, lower limbs, and even above the eyes. Vibrissae are a very thick, long hairs that have a large amount of nerve endings. This makes them extremely sensitive to the surrounding world.

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Making Daily Exercise More Fun for Your Pet (and for You!)

Who doesn’t get into a bit of a rut when it comes to exercise (or simply forgo it altogether in favor of that comfy couch!)? Keeping things interesting in the fitness department can take some motivation and imagination, and like you, your pet may also grow bored with the same old routine.

Since exercise is an essential part of overall health for every animal, finding ways to make exercise more fun for your pet is a great way to support his or her wellbeing. To help up your game when it comes to appropriate exercise and activities, the team at Rocklin Ranch have some great boredom busting solutions.

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Find Freedom From Pet Anxiety and Stress This Independence Day

pet anxietyIt’s rare to find an animal who’s seemingly unaware of or unbothered by their surroundings. To be sure, cats and dogs are typically hyper-alert when it comes to their environment – especially if there are loud noises or disruption in routine. Add to this a dizzying array of tasty food, fireworks, soaring temps, and playful children, and you’ve got a recipe for pet escape. Whether it’s just down the street or beneath the bed, pet anxiety and stress are very real threats to an animal’s safety and wellbeing.

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A Helping Hand: Supporting a Loved One Through Pet Loss

All pet owners know that the death of a beloved companion is one of the most heartbreaking experiences in life, and watching a loved one grapple with pet loss can be nearly as difficult. Even if we’ve experienced pet loss ourselves, it can be challenging to know what to say to someone else.

Your friends at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital understand the deep grief that surrounds the loss of a beloved pet, and we are here to help. We’ve pulled together some simple ideas you can use to help a friend or family member cope with this enormous loss, along with some advice for avoiding common mistakes when someone you care about is dealing with pet loss.

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