Cats are curious creatures. They love poking their paws in boxes and squeezing into tight places. Judging from all the trouble they get into, it’s no wonder curious cats are said to have nine lives! Discover what makes cats curious and how their inquisitive behavior is a natural part of your pet’s health.
Natural born instincts
Even though the Egyptians domesticated the cat thousands of years ago, our fuzzy felines share genes with their ancient ancestors. A cat’s curiosity is born out of a natural instinct to assess their environment for prey and predators.
In the wild, a cat’s health depends on how she responds to foreign invaders in her immediate environment. Cats are territorial by nature and their instinct is to protect their home and food supplies. So when you bring home that new shopping bag, your cat’s curious nature is simply making sure it doesn’t pose a threat.
Mark of intelligence
Every pet parent knows cats are highly intelligent creatures. Your cat’s inquisitive mind has a real need to understand the world around them. From the food you are cooking to the pile of papers on the desk, your kitty’s curiosity is her way of seeking answers to why these things exist.
An outdoor cat will explore a pile of leaves to hide under before the pouncing begins. Indoors, your cat may think a cardboard box is the perfect camouflage for attacking his favorite toy. If your cat is pawing around for a hiding place, just remember this curiosity is simulating his natural hunting behavior.
Cats use their minds to shape the world around them. While a curious cat may look like he’s just having fun, he’s also displaying intelligence and natural born instincts passed down from his ancient ancestors.
While the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture has been around for centuries, it’s a relatively new development in the Western world of veterinary medicine. Century Veterinary Group offers the procedure for pets, thanks to our certified animal acupuncturist on staff. Our Dr. Giselle Concepcion has been certified in veterinary acupuncture since 2013, and she can administer the ancient Chinese technique on its own or as a component in an overall treatment plan. Acupuncture can be helpful for pain relief and a number of other issues and conditions. It can also combine well with physical therapy, rehabilitation and other healing procedures.
Microchipping is a very simple, inpatient procedure that takes just a few minutes and can be done during a regular checkup, or even while your pet is under anesthesia for another procedure, such as spay or neuter surgery. If you have not already had your pet microchipped, you can schedule an appointment for that alone as well. During the procedure, our veterinarian in Hollywood uses a hypodermic needle to inject a tiny, glass capsule that contains the microchip under your pet’s skin, usually right between the shoulder blades. The capsule is only about the size of a grain of rice, so after the initial and temporary discomfort of the needle injection, your pet forgets about it. The discomfort level is about the same as your pet’s vaccinations: a very temporary discomfort for a lifetime of protection!
Always remember to update vaccines when you get a new pet! Come to us to receive low cost services!
Ultrasound helps Dr. Werber and the rest of the veterinarian team look inside your pet’s body to view his internal organs, such as his liver, kidneys, and heart. Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure, meaning we can see your dog or cat’s organs without surgery.
Your veterinarian may recommend an ultrasound if your pet has any of the following conditions:
- Abnormal laboratory results
- Vomiting or diarrhea lasting for a long time
- Weight loss without a change in his eating habits
- Chronic infections
- Change in his urinary habits
- Cancer staging
- Fluid in chest or abdomen
- To permit biopsy
If you have an older animal companion, we may suggest a baseline ultrasound test to use for comparison in future examinations. Ultrasound is also helpful for when your veterinarian is checking on the progress of a previous health problem in your pet or as a part of a health workup before surgery. Sometimes a veterinary surgeon will use ultrasound for guidance when taking a biopsy for laboratory testing.
Ultrasound tells your veterinarian a lot about an organ’s location, size, shape, texture and blood supply but it does not necessarily show the doctor how well a particular organ is working. Additionally, ultrasounds are capable of detecting masses but cannot help a veterinarian know whether the tumors are benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Further testing, including blood work or surgery, may be necessary.