FELINE MEDICINE & BEHAVIORFeline Behavior. Do you have a freaky feline or crazy kitten? You are not alone. Dr. Carney offer comprehensive feline behavior consultations and the most advanced cat medical care available in the veterinary field.
Idaho’s Cat Doctor
As veterinary medicine advances in treatment and therapy, behavior is an increasingly important component of the human and animal bond. According to the American Association of Feline Practitioner’s (AAFP), behavior problems remain the leading reason for euthanasia in pet cats. For cats that stay in their homes, unacceptable behaviors increase family stress and elicit inappropriate punishments — resulting in a decreased quality of life for the cat and deterioration in the human/animal bond.
When owners understand feline behavior and what their cats view as a healthy environment, families can achieve a more harmonious living situation.
Because Dr. Carney limits her practice to cats, she offers a very specialized scope of services for treating feline behavior problems including aggression and eliminating outside of the litter box.
Causes of House-soiling Behavior
The most common behavior complaint is “my cat is not using its litter box all the time.” Any cat that has discomfort when urinating or defecating may at some time eliminate outside its litter box.
The most common causes of discomfort are Feline Interstitial Cystitis (FIC), bladder or urethral stones and urinary tract infections, Age-related arthritis, and other medical conditions may cause the behavior. Cats that feel socially threatened will house-soil by spray marking their homes or leaving puddles of urine or stool in unacceptable locations.
The answers to the questions in this basic questionnaire will help Dr. Carney determine what your cat is trying to tell you when is showing discomfort when eliminating or is not routinely using its litter box.
Treating Feline Hyperthyroidism
Feline Hyperthyroidism is a fairly common disease of older cats. This disorder results from a tumor that produces too much thyroid hormone and brings about metabolic changes in your cat. Left untreated, this disorder is fatal.
- weight loss
- fluctuations in appetite and energy level
- rapid heartbeat
- excessive water intake
Treatments include the use of radioactive iodine (I-131), medical management, nutritional management or surgery. Dr. Carney is a nationally recognized feline veterinarian who helped pioneer the use of Radioactive Iodine (I-131) Therapy and continues to provide it in our area.
Blogs and articles with insight from Dr. Carney:
- Decreasing your cat’s separation anxiety and worries.
- Is dry food or canned food better for my cat’s diet?
- Dealing with house-soiling issues? Finicky Felines: a cat’s dream litter box, and Ten tips for getting your cat to use the litter box
- It’s spring and your cat’s thoughts turn to love
- Why cats squall at night: answers for cat owners
- Why cats eat grass & when to worry about It
- A success story after 1-131 radiation therapy for hyperthyrodism
- Pancreatitis: a serious medical condition for your cat
- Adopt a senior cat and save a life (or Two)
- Introducing your new baby to your cat
- Idaho Statesman: Analyzing Feline Behavior: Cat Psychology
- Creating a safe home environment for your cat
- How to prevent cat fights after a vet visit
- Home care video: Giving Your Cat Oral Medications–A Quick & Easy Technique
DVM, MS, DABVP, Feline Behavior And Medicine
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Cat Owner Guidelines & Helpful Tips
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) has developed multiple resources for cat families.
Dr. Carney, a leader in the feline veterinary industry for more than 25 years, is one of only eight veterinarians nationwide that serves as a panel member and co-author of AAFP guidelines.
Access the online booklets below:
- Feline Hyperthyroidism – management and treatment options
- Alternatives to Declawing – why cats scratch and how to accommodate this innate behavior
- Feline House-Soiling – useful information on this common feline behavior problem
- Your Cat’s Environmental Needs – understanding your cat’s need and their behavior
- Vaccinations for Your Cat – a pet owner’s guide
- Nursing Care for Your Cat – your at-home care skills can help your cat recover from an illness or injury more quickly
- Getting Your Cat to the Veterinarian – reducing the stress of veterinary visits for you and your cat
- Caring for Your Older Cat – helping your senior cat maintain quality of life
- Why You and Your Cat Will Love a Cat-Friendly Practice – more pleasant vet visits (for all of you)
Listen to Dr. Carney on the Pet Doctor Podcast:
She discusses how to help your senior cat enjoy a healthy and happy life.