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Cat Activities and Fun


This collection of Cat Activities and Fun articles has been curated for you by Freeport Veterinary Hospital. If you would like to talk to a veterinarian, please give us a call at (207) 208-8508.

Why Cats Knock Things Over

Whether you find it amusing or frustrating - or a little of both - the fact is if you own a cat, they are going to knock objects off any elevated surface, such as your desk or a table. Are they simply trying to be annoying, or is there a reason for this behavior? Dog people will use this as an example of how cats are not intelligent and a reason not to like them.


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5 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for You and Your Pet

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and who better to spend it with than your pet? Whether it’s a hitting the road for a day hike or staying in and snuggling on the couch, spending some one-on-one time with your pet provides numerous benefits for both of you, including reduced stress and anxiety and increased opportunities for exercise and socialization.


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How To Transition An Outdoor Kitty To An Indoor One

One popular myth about cats is they’re happiest having the freedom to go outside. This is far from the truth. There are many cats who are born and raised indoors who have no interest in going outside and would panic if they found themselves on the wrong side of the door.


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Is It Safer For Cats to Stay Inside?

If you feel your kitty should roam the great outdoors, you’re not alone. Many cat lovers feel their cat is happiest lounging in the fresh air or stalking unsuspecting prey.

However, there are many reasons why it’s safer for your kitty to stay inside - traffic being one - and many cat owners are realizing the dangers of life outdoors.


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Training Your Cat to Scratch Appropriately

Contrary to popular belief, most cats can be trained. Owners can reinforce desired behavior in food-motivated pets by applying the treat as the cat completes the wanted behavior. The goal is to elicit the wanted behavior first so that you can reinforce it.

We know that cats scratch in order to:

  • Stretch and exhibit normal behavior
  • Scent mark an object
  • Condition their claws
  • Ward away unwanted attention

We supply cats with adequate scratching surfaces so they can exhibit their normal behavior.


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Pool and Beach Safety Tips for Pets: Part II

Summer has officially arrived! Protect your pets this season with our second installment of safety tips for the beach and pool.

Watch for signs of heat stroke.

Pets can easily overheat in the summer months, even while swimming. Remember to have fresh water available for your dog at all times and offer it frequently. Because swimming usually takes place during the hottest part of the day (between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.), it is important to give your dog regular breaks.


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Pool and Beach Safety Tips for Pets: Part I

Summer’s just around the corner! Is your pet eager to get in the water? Be sure to read these safety tips before diving in at the beach or pool with your furry friends.

Never leave pets unattended.

All open bodies of water, including pools, oceans, lakes, rivers, ponds and even hot tubs can pose a threat to your pet if left unsupervised. Remember that pets are like small children and need to be monitored at all times. No pet should be allowed near the pool without adult supervision.


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