Signs Of Animal Abuse Or Neglect And How You Can Help

Foster dog with new ownerChances are good that if you’re reading this blog, you are a pet owner and animal lover who does not need advice on the proper way to show love and tenderness toward your precious pet. Unfortunately, many pets in the U.S. are not so fortunate. Animal abuse and neglect is a sad fact of life, and one that occurs in almost every community in the United States.

While it may seem like there is nothing you can do about animal abuse, this is not always the case. Being on the lookout for signs that animals you come across are being abused, and reporting that abuse, can make a significant impact in the fight against animal cruelty. Learn about the signs of abuse or neglect, and what you can do to stop it in your community.

Physical Signs Of Animal Abuse Or Neglect

The following bodily conditions are good indications that an animal is being treated badly and needs help: Continue reading

A Universal Behavior: Why do Cats Knead?

WestPark_iStock_000011216446_LargeIn our opinion, there are few things cuter than a feline making bread. Yes, you read that right. Preparing biscuits, kneading dough, baking the proverbial meow muffins…whatever adorable euphemism you choose, they all describe a universal behavior of cats. Both wild and domesticated felines zero-in on this instinct, begging the question: why do cats knead?

The Happiness Reflex

The kneading instinct is honed as a kitten to stimulate mother’s milk. As a result, this action was connected to all the best possible feelings. A fully weaned cat may continue to associate kneading with complete happiness and security. Continue reading

Handling Cat Hairballs Fair and Square

WestPark_iStock_000049336618_LargeA sound that all cat owners recognize – and simultaneously fear – is the gut-wrenching hack of their pet trying to cough up a hairball. Few topics inspire such unease and revulsion, but knowing how to handle cat hairballs (and what causes them) is important. That’s where your friends at West Park Animal Hospital come in!

The Technical Stuff

Slender and slightly cylindrical in shape, cat hairballs consist of – spoiler alert – your cat’s fur. While they certainly make you wince, hairballs are actually a result of your feline’s good grooming habits. Continue reading