The Bond That Never Breaks: Adopting a Pet Whose Owner Has Died

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We can imagine the pain that comes when we lose our cherished pet. Some of us have experience with this, and know that the process of grieving the loss can be long and rocky. But when a pet’s owner passes away, the pet also experiences feelings of loss, depression, and fear. When they are taken into a new home, whether through adoption or by the immediate family, there will be a big period of adjustment for them, as well as the new loving family.

If you are caring for a pet whose owner has died, you may wonder what you can do to ease their sadness and confusion. This is why the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here with some gentle steps and recommendations to help them adjust. 

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The Human Animal Bond: The Many Ways Pets Influence Our Health

human animal bondPet owners almost unanimously view pets as members of the family. With the rich emotional support we receive from them, it’s no surprise we integrate them into most facets of our busy lives. The beneficial relationship between owners and their pets may seem like a novelty, but the human animal bond has existed for ages. Yes, we go to great lengths to ensure their health, happiness, and comfort (even at the expense of our own sometimes), but it’s incorrect to assume we get nothing in return.

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The Real Joy of the Human-Animal Bond

TeamworkIf it seems like pet owners are happier and healthier individuals, it’s because they are! Pets bring a lot of joy and affection to our lives, which contributes to overall mental and physical health. If you’ve been thinking about adopting a pet, just consider all the benefits that come with the human-animal bond.

A Healthy Lifestyle

Loving a pet – and committing to their health and wellness – are surefire ways to become healthier yourself. Not only does their constant companionship ease anxiety and depression, the human-animal bond also has the power to transform your lifestyle. Continue…

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The Last Goodbye: Coping with the Loss of a Pet

Raising a pet companion is one of the most fulfilling things pet lovers can do. We watch them as they learn and grow, and develop a strong, unshakable bond similar to our human relationships. In many ways, the unconditional love offered by a four-legged friend transcends other interpersonal relationships.

So, when the inevitable end arrives, it can be extremely devastating. If you have experienced the loss of a pet, we are sympathetic and understanding. This is why the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to provide you with some gentle suggestions for coping with this loss.

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Love Birds: Should You Adopt a Pet with Your Significant Other

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Love is in the air and the idea of adopting a new fur friend to love makes sense when you and your partner adore pets. It’s the perfect way to add more fun to the mix, as well as shared responsibility. But there are some caveats to consider when you adopt a pet with your significant other.

The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to help you determine the right time to make this commitment. Here are some tips on knowing how and when to make this wonderful yet carefully thought out decision.

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Cat School: Clicker Training for Cats

Training your cat, what?!

The concept of teaching cats house rules may seem like a pipe dream or the stuff memes are made of. After all, cats do what they want, when they want… right? 

People have varied opinions about cats that give way to myths, like cats are loners or cannot be trained. This prohibits them from learning good behaviors and bonding better with their owners.

The good news is that training your cat with a clicker is not only possible, it is also a great way to give your pet a better, safer, and more enjoyable life.

The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to tell you all about this effective training and why it will benefit your meowy companion.

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Real or Not? Separation Anxiety in Cats

Separation anxiety is a common behavioral problem in dogs. At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital we have coached many dog owners through training techniques, outlined crate acclimation, and even prescribed medications to combat separation anxiety. 

But surely this problem affects cats, too? 

Despite their often confident demeanor and rap for being loners, separation anxiety in cats is a real phenomenon and one that perhaps often goes undiagnosed. With a little awareness, though, we can help these stressed, anxious kitties as well.

Recognizing Trouble

You may think of your cat as a solitary individual, but if you stop to consider it you will likely realize that your pet is a pretty social creature. Many cats develop strong bonds with the people and other animals they live among. 

When we talk about separation anxiety in pets, we are referring to an emotional response from them brought about by a separation from the person or animal that they have a bond with. This may occur when you are gone for a prolonged period, such as on a vacation or a full workday or sometimes even with shorter outings like a trip to the store. Schedule changes can also bring on separation anxiety.

In the canine crew, separation anxiety is often hallmarked by howling, tearing things up, and sometimes urinating or defecating even though house-trained. Cats, as with so many other things, are often more subtle. 

Signs of separation anxiety in cats may include:

  • Increase in anxiety as person prepares to leave the home
  • Excessive vocalization
  • Urinating or defecating in odd areas, often on personal items
  • Vomiting
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Grooming excessively
  • Destroying objects
  • Obvious excitement upon reunion 

Dealing with Separation Anxiety in Cats

If you think that your cat may be suffering from separation anxiety, the first step is to make an appointment to see us. Many other things can cause inappropriate urination, increased vocalizations, vomiting, changes in eating habits, or increased grooming. We need to be sure that there is not an underlying physical illness before assuming a behavioral cause. 

Once we have determined that your cat is healthy, we can get to work. Separation anxiety in cats can be combated with strategies to modify behavior and decrease the stress associated with your absence. 

Planning playtime – A set schedule helps most cats. Be sure to schedule a predictable 10-15 minute session of quality time into your day. Limit play and other social activities about 20 minutes before you leave home so the transition is less dramatic. 

Enriching the environment – Making the environment fun and stimulating even in your absence is key. Ditch the food bowls in favor of puzzle feeders and treat dispensers. Rotate toys, put up a bird feeder in front of the window, and add vertical climbing spaces to your home. 

Changing your tune – Be sure to avoid making a big deal of leaving or returning. Slip out quietly while kitty is eating or playing and return without a lot of fanfare. Notice what actions trigger an anxious response in your cat. If, every time you pick up your keys, Tiger starts meowing, do it over and over until that action gets less of a response.

Take help – There are many products and services that exist that can help you combat this problem in your cat. Using pheromone products like Feliway can be helpful for some cats. Consider a pet sitter to stop by and interact with your cat when you are away. In situations where basic behavioral modifications are not enough, you may even need to work with our doctors to utilize anxiety-reducing medications. 

Cats are just as much a part of our family and home as are dogs, and separation anxiety in cats is a real thing. Despite their tough exterior, our feline friends really do love us. It is our job to recognize signs of anxiety and reduce their stress. After all, that’s what friends are for. 

Can Cell Phones Cause Pet Depression?

Has your dog suddenly stopped playing with his beloved stuffed monkey? Has your normally hungry-all-the-time kitty been turning her nose up at her meals? If you’ve noticed a change in your pet’s normal behavior or patterns (and you’ve ruled out underlying medical reasons), you may have a case of pet depression on your hands.

There are many possible causes of pet depression, but a new study has revealed that the little supercomputer in your pocket (or in your hand, more likely) may be the cause. 

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10 Reasons to Be Thankful for Our Pets

The Thanksgiving season is a time to pause and give thanks for all of the blessings and joy. Our family members and loved ones are up on that list, and of course, our wonderful pet companions. 

Pets bring so many positives to our lives, it’s hard to only list a few. But since Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without giving thanks where thanks is due, the team at Rockin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to show some love to our furry ones.

10 Wonderful Reasons to Give Thanks for Pets

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Cat Language: What Kitty is Trying to Tell You

For pet owners, trying to decipher what their furry family member is communicating is a daily part of life with pets. Cats can be especially challenging, though, given their more reclusive nature.

Cat language is subtle, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t constantly trying to communicate with us. With a little bit of practice, you can pick up on what your cat is trying to tell you.

The Incredible Tail

The tail is one of the most expressive body parts on a cat, and knowing how to interpret its movements can tell you a great deal about what your cat is thinking and feeling at any given moment.

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