What can I do to prevent or treat my cat’s hairballs?

Because cats groom themselves with their tongue, it may seem that hairballs are inevitable. But there are several things a cat owner can do to prevent hairballs. The first recommendation is brushing. There are many cat friendly brushes available that are gentle enough but help remove extra hair. Another option are the many hairball prevention formulated cat foods on the market. Delhi and Harrison Pet Center carry several brands and we can help you find the right one for your cat. The final recommendation are the commercial hairball remedies that usually come in tube form. These tasty gels are given orally to your cat and act as internal lubrication for hairballs. Visit us and take a look at what hairball remedy is right for you and your cat.

My cat is urinating in the house. Why is he doing this and what can I do to make him stop?

This behavior is called urine marking and occurs in both male and female cats. This is how cats mark their territory. Having your cat spayed or neutered before they are six months old will help prevent this behavior.  It is crucial to remove the odor from the marked area(s) as the scent alone can cause a cat to mark again.  If your cat is suddenly developing this behavior it is possible he or she is stressed about something and is feeling upset or unsafe. Try to think if anything has changed in the house - Did you switch cat litter brands?  Did you move the litter box from its usual location?  Is there a new animal or person in the house?  Is there a new cat in the neighborhood?  All of these things can cause stress. If nothing has changed, then it is best to have your cat checked by a veterinarian to rule out any urinary problems.  Delhi and Harrison Pet Center carry many great products to remove cat urine stain and odors.