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For the love of cats! Keep Your Cat Indoors by Gloria Fantegrossi, NTVH CCR

A lot of cat owners feel guilty about keeping their cat inside and feel they are depriving their cat of their natural habitat. Here at North Town, we are firm believers in making educated decisions and that includes being aware of all the hazards outside that your cat could face.

First let’s discuss disease; There are many stray and abandoned cats that live outside that do not receive vaccines or medical treatments, these cats can carry many different virus’ and diseases, a number of which can be serious or potentially fatal. Some examples include: feline leukemia feline AIDS (FIV), FIP, Panleukopenia and upper respiratory infections. We always recommend keeping cats up to date on their vaccinations to help prevent these diseases. Another concern would be parasites, commonly not life-threatening for cats, there are some common parasites outdoors including: fleas, ticks, ear mites, intestinal worms and ringworm. Many of these parasites can be prevented by getting your cat on a parasite prevention medication that can be recommended by your veterinarian. Another thing to keep in mind about parasites is that many of them can be picked up by humans.

In addition to the risk of disease, there are other hazards that can affect your cat. Some of these hazards include getting hit by cars, suffering from animal cruelty and getting attacked from other wildlife. Then there is the danger they face from coming into contact with toxins, like antifreeze, many of which seem to have a pleasant taste. These concerns can result in unexpected veterinary bills but worse of all could cost you your pets life.

Then there is the topic of the population of stray and abandoned cats and how the numbers continue to grow. Below is a sample of how quickly the population of cats can grow. All the photos are of kittens that have been adopted out through the ‘Four Paws One Heart’ adoption program. This program takes in abandoned and stray kittens that have been found and has adopted out over 130 cats and kittens. Keeping cats indoors helps to keep the population of strays down.

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North Town Veterinary Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, North Town Veterinary Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building. We have initiated a Closed-Door Policy, we have locked our front doors. Please call 905-451-2000 when you arrive for your appointment. We will meet you outside to get your pet. The exam will take place in our hospital and our Doctor will communicate the results of the examination via telephone. You can also place an order for pet food through our Online Store by visiting our website.

EMERGENCY CASES

- If possible, please call us at 905-451-2000 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 905-451-2000, and we'll come to you.

- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.

Online consultations are now available!

- If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.