Outside, but Protected: The Secret to Feline Enrichment 

Catios are rad

Despite the fact that it’s the best choice for long-term health, many cat owners feel guilty keeping their cat indoors. Certainly, indoor-only cats are much less likely to be exposed to injury or illness, but does their health come at the expense of their happiness? Without daily feline enrichment, quality of life can be diminished. However, with a catio or other cat enclosure, your indoor-only pet can have the best of both worlds.

A Prescription for Happiness

Designing and building your cat a place that’s just for them is a great alternative to hanging around the house. Sure, some people train their cat to walk on a leash, but if that’s not for you, a catio is the fastest route to feline enrichment. Consider how intoxicating the fresh air will be to your fluffy friend! They can frolic, roll around, and observe nature without being exposed to predators or territorial animals.

Reinforcing the enclosure will ensure your cat remains safe and secure, all while getting their daily dose of vitamin D. Watching the birds and bugs, smelling the flowers, and exploring their new environment will stimulate their senses, eliminate boredom, and can reduce behavioral problems (if any). In other words, catios are great for both physical and mental health. Win-win!

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A Look at Funny Pets: Do They Actually Have a Sense of Humor?

Funny pets may really have a sense of humor

You could spend an entire day watching all the funny animal videos online and still not see them all. Whether it’s cats, dogs, llamas, or lizards, the undeniable fact is: animals are funny! The question is, though, do they know they’re funny? In other words, do funny pets realize – and have full authority over – their own versions of a sense of humor?

Try Not to Laugh

There is scientific evidence (not to mention centuries of anecdotal research) that animals experience various emotions. Like us, animals emote happiness, sadness, grief, playfulness, excitement, satisfaction, and more.

You’ve probably seen what looks like a giant grin or content smile spread across your pet’s face. Paired with purrs, barks, chirps, or other vocalizations, along with sparkling eyes, it’s only natural to connect their physical expressions with emotions.

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Cats and Milk: A Case of Lactose Intolerance

Cats and milk don't lend themselves to a healthy cat.

Would you feed a stray dog a full saucer of cow’s milk? Probably not. But a stray cat begging at the back door of a farm house will invariably be fed from a cow’s udder. This disparity between these two popular domestic mammals may cause some head-scratching, but despite the fact that cats cannot effectively digest cow’s milk, they continue to be offered bowls of it. Cats and milk have gone together for ages, but the product of their alliance is anything but pretty.

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How to Enrich Your Cat’s Environment

Cats are naturally curious – we all know that! And it is true that indoor cats are safer and live longer lives than their outdoor counterparts. After all, they don’t have to contend with predators, cars, or other cat-induced injuries. However, how do we make sure that our feline friend doesn’t pine away at the door, wishing for freedom?

Enter: environmental enrichment for cats. This buzzword has become the term most associated with how to help your cat find stimulation and entertainment indoors. And, there are a plethora of ideas! We’ve decided to share some of our favorites.

Basic Instincts

Cats have certain innate and natural instincts that they need to pursue if they are going to be truly healthy and happy. These include hunting, surveying territory from a perch, scratching, and climbing. When in the wild (or outdoors), cats have many opportunities to exercise these behaviors. Indoors, it’s our job to mimic the conditions that cats need so they can practice these natural instincts in the safety of their home. Continue…

Reap the Rewards: The Benefits at Rocklin Ranch

Working at Rocklin Ranch can be the cat's meow!In veterinary medicine, there’s always a team of people behind the scenes working closely to care for pets. Bonded by our deep love of animals, we often work long hours but are fulfilled knowing we’re doing our part to keep pets healthy and happy.

There are also other rewards when it comes to working here. Let us share some of the benefits at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital that our team members enjoy. Continue…

Pet Insurance: Helping You Focus on Care, Not Cost

Woman sitting in chair, talking on phone, with dog behind herWe all love our pets, and they provide us with hours of loving companionship and adventure. However, sometimes their curiosity and fun loving hearts can get them into trouble. At the worst of times, unexpected illness or injury can occur.

That’s where pet insurance comes in. Let’s face it – peace of mind can be priceless. Advances in veterinary medicine have given us access to cutting edge care for our pets, but this care comes at a cost. With average annual pet care costs reaching $1800, Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to shed a little light on some of the benefits of pet insurance. Continue…

The Great Escape: The Importance of Pet Microchips

Pet Microchips help a lost pet become a found petSummer is the time for relaxing in your yard, hosting BBQs, and marveling over fireworks. Unfortunately, it’s also a time of year when pets tend to go missing after they escape from their homes or yards. It only takes a split second for your pet to scoot out a gate left open by the gardener, or to dig under (or jump!) a fence when scared by fireworks.

For these reasons and more, we’re going to explore the world of pet microchips, and give you some tips to make them even more effective if your pet already has one.

Lost Pets

Surveys show that one in three pets will go missing in their lifetimes, and The Humane Society of the United States estimates that only 2-5% of lost cats and 30% of missing dogs are ever reunited with their owners. But these numbers increase if the pet has a microchip. Continue…

Treats Gone Bad: Why do Dogs Eat Cat Poop?  

There are few things grosser than finding out that dogs eat cat poop. Although we can’t believe they do it and don’t understand the allure, dogs sure seem to enjoy it, no matter how much we protest.

It turns out this disgusting habit is a result of natural dog behavior. At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital, we explore the reasons behind this tendency and what owners can do about it.

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Scaredy-Cat: What To Do About Cat Anxiety

cat anxietyAre you living with a fearful feline? A trembling tomcat? A cowardly kitten? Cat anxiety is no laughing matter, especially when it interferes with a happy home and a harmonious relationship with your pet. Helping our readers learn about cat anxiety is important to us, and we are confident that our tips can help you to create a happy kitty and harmonious home.

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Prevailing Cat Myths and the Proof Against Them

cat mythsAround the world and throughout centuries, we’ve managed to create explanations for things that defied logic. As collective understanding developed, ideas that mystified our ancestors were later invalidated by science, technology, research, and, perhaps, common sense.

Cat myths, like urban legends, are captivating. However, when given the opportunity to grapple with feline truth, these myths are obvious relics of the past.

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