Category: CAIRNS EXPERTS

WAYS TO GET YOUR CAT TO STOP MEOWING AT NIGHT

WAYS TO STOP YOUR CAT FROM MEOWING AT NIGHT

Everybody needs a good night’s sleep, and nothing is worse than having that ruined by your cat meowing. There can be many causes of this night vocalisation, so here are some suggestions to help you get some peace and quiet.

Play with them during the day

Cats are crepuscular, meaning they are naturally most active during dawn and dusk. House-bound cats typically don’t receive much stimulation compared to their wild counterparts; instead of spending hours and hours tracking and hunting, they spend hours and hours on the couch. This can lead to a dysregulated day-night cycle, what we call their circadian rhythm. Usually one of the first treatments we look at is to increase stimulation during the day in an attempt to reset this circadian rhythm. This can involve a combination of playing with toys (laser pointers are very useful!), supplying catnip, and discouraging rest during the day.  

Ensure they have food, water, and fresh litter

We also need to ensure that they’re not vocalising to tell us something. Having plenty of food and water on hand can help, in fact, cats are just like us and can go into a ‘food coma’ after a large meal. We can use this to our advantage by offering a large feed prior to bedtime and ensuring food availability through the night. Cats are also naturally fastidious, and prefer fresh clean litter in their tray. Keeping their litter clean and fresh can reduce the chance of them reminding you at night.

Desex them!

When cats are on heat or it is mating season, they are in a highly stimulated state and will often find it difficult to rest. This period typically lasts around 10 days for female cats. Desexing your pet will stop vocalisation related to sex hormones. 

Senility

Many owners notice brain ageing in their pets. Studies have shown that pets can experience the same age-related changes in their central nervous system as people with dementia. This can result in forgetfulness, anxiety, and disturbed circadian rhythm. Some cats seem to ‘forget’ they have been fed, some get very distressed with dark environments, and others experience radical personality changes.

Provided we have ruled out concurrent disease, many older cats benefit from having night lights to reduce anxiety and having freely available food, water and litter in many areas. Some patients are treated with anti-anxiety drug therapy to help them cope with the stress of cognitive dysfunction. It is also important to keep to a routine as much as possible, and avoid moving furniture. Occasionally by offering puzzle toys, increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in their diet, and increasing the amount of antioxidants in their diet, we can improve outcomes, however there are currently no widely accepted medical treatments for this problem in cats. 

Arthritis

Just like ourselves, the older our cats get, the more likely they are to develop arthritis. This can eventually manifest as a dull, aching chronic pain in the spine or other joints. Having chronic pain interferes with getting restful, recharging sleep and can result in your cat complaining at night. There are many medications available to help with arthritis, and many vets will employ a mulit-modal approach which involves using a few synergistic medications to provide safe and effective pain relief. 

Hyperthyroidism

Older cats can develop a variety of metabolic problems, but one in particular that can be responsible for night vocalisation is hyperthyroidism. This occurs as a result of a small tumor developing on the thyroid, which then secretes excessive levels of thyroid hormone. Excessive circulating thyroid hormone results in what we call a hypermetabolic state, where their metabolism is significantly increased- think of yourself after three espressos! The resultant increase in heart rate, blood pressure and metabolic rate makes getting a sustained restful sleep difficult for them. We tend to diagnose this problem based on a blood test, and from there can offer a variety of therapies including topical creams, referral to a major city for nuclear therapy (this is where we use radioactive iodine to destroy the thyroid tumor), tablets, and even iodine-restricted prescription diets. 

Avoid positive reinforcement

Many cats don’t seem to understand that we have work in the morning, and that we can’t afford to lose sleep in order to pat them. Offering them a few pats to ‘quiet them down’ will only serve to reinforce the meowing longer term. 

Environmental control

Some clients have set up auto-sprayers outside their door, which detect cat movement at night and spray a puff of harmless air if the cat gets too close to the door. Others have succeeded by locking their pets away where they can’t be heard at night. When all else has failed these treatments can help, however in principle we prefer to treat the primary problem rather than offer ‘band-aid’ solutions.

As you can see, cats can meow at night for many reasons. So if you’re having a problem with your cat meowing late into the night, consider a visit to the vet to investigate the above problems. 

Cairns Veterinary Clinic is proud to have been caring for Cairns furry family members since 1966. With 2 convenient locations, Pease Street and Norman Street, Gordonvale, our clinics are staffed by a great team of hard working and dedicated veterinary professionals who treat your pets as if they are their own.   With a vet available 24/7 365 days per year, we are always here when you need us. Contact our friendly staff for all your pet’s healthcare needs.

 

THE PAKMAG EXPERTS CAIRNS - FEBRUARY 2020

THE PAKMAG EXPERTS CAIRNS – FEBRUARY 2020

Dr Bobby Griffin – Sunbird Orthodontics

Dear Dr Bobby, is thumb sucking bad?

Thumb and finger sucking is a natural reflex for children and usually stops by three or four years.

However, if the habit continues past this age, it may start to affect the growth of their jaw and positioning of their teeth. This can affect appearance, speech, breathing and swallowing as well as have other ongoing effects.

We understand this can be stressful for parents, and we are here to help! An early dental visit will allow your dentist to assess your child’s growth
and development. They can also give advice to help break their habit.

4038 1036
www.sunbirdorthodontics.com.au

Dr Richard Thomas – Cairns Vet Clinic

Dear Dr Richard Thomas, how can I stop my cat from meowing at night?

Play with them, and keep them engaged during the day. Cats are most active during dawn and dusk, so play with them during these times.
Ensure they have clean litter trays and fresh food and water. Cats are naturally fastidious, and will often express their discontent if their litter isn’t clean.

Desex them. When cats are on heat or it is mating season, they will stay up all night. Senility, arthritis, and hyperthyroidism are medical problems that can result in night vocalization. Medications can help.

4032 9999
www.cairnsvet.com.au

Matthew Calanna – Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Matthew, how can prickly heat be treated?

Prickly heat, or Miliaria, is caused by heat and humidity and sweating more than usual. It is very common in the tropics, especially in babies and young children as their sweat glands haven’t developed properly yet.

The rash will generally clear up on its own, but you can speed up the process by keeping the child cool, giving lukewarm baths and dressing them in light cotton clothing. If it persists, try a product such as Mario’s Prickly Heat Spray which is designed to provide relief and treat the issue by drying out the blocked sweat glands.

Fb Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy
www.calannapharmacy.com.au

Jana Gorski – Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Jana, since having a baby I’ve noticed that a little urine leaks out when I sneeze or laugh. What can I do?

Many women experience continence issues, especially during pregnancy or after childbirth. The symptoms of a weakened pelvic floor include leaking small amounts of urine when coughing, sneezing, laughing or running, failing to reach the toilet in time, reduced sensation in the vagina or a sensation of heaviness.

Strengthening the pelvic floor muscle by completing pelvic floor exercises at least three times every day should help, and if it doesn’t, then it is important to see your general practitioner or women’s health physiotherapist for further treatment options.

Fb Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy
www.calannapharmacy.com.au

HOW TO PREVENT YOUR PET FROM GETTING HEATSTROKE

HOW TO PREVENT YOUR PET FROM GETTING HEATSTROKE

Heatstroke is a real risk during summer in the tropics. Caused by the elevation of core body temperature, heatstroke results in heat injury to the bodies tissues and is a life threatening condition. Pay close attention to short nosed breeds such as Bulldogs and Pugs etc, heavy coated breeds and pets with heart or respiratory problems in hot weather as they are more at risk of heat stroke.

During the summer months it’s essential to ensure your pet has access to fresh cool drinking water and shady areas so they can retreat out of the summer heat.

Our other top tips for keeping your pet cool include:

  1. Add ice cubes to their water to keep it cool.
  2. Keep your pet inside in air conditioning or close to a fan is best in extreme heatwaves.
  3. Dampen your pets blanket to create a cool resting spot to sleep or purchase a cooling mat or jacket.
  4. Bathing in lukewarm water will instantly cool them down.
  5. Doggy paddling pools are awesome at assisting you in keeping your pets cool and entertained on a hot summer’s day.
  6. Pupsicles! Frozen treats are a great way to cool down and keep your pets occupied. Get creative, stuff a Kong or treat dispenser with delicious treats and then freeze.
  7. Slip Slop Slap! Slip on a UV shirt. Slop on sunscreen especially if your pet is smooth/thin haired or has white coloured ears or nose and slap on some doggles to protect the eyes. Not only will your pet look super cool they will be protected from skin cancers too!
  8. Never ever leave your pet in the car! Even a few minutes whilst you nip into the shop for that last minute gift can be deadly.
  9. Be mindful of the intensity of the summer heat and schedule your dog walks for sunrise and sunset rather than in the middle of the day. Walk your pooch on grass rather than hot concrete to avoid burning their paw pads. Always remember to carry a water bottle and collapsible bowl to prevent dehydration.

It’s important for pet parents to be aware of the symptoms of heatstroke and seek veterinary immediate attention if their pet is showing any signs of distress. 

Signs of heatstroke include excessive panting, dark or bright red tongue and gums, staggering, lethargy, seizures, rapid heartbeat and bloody diarrhea or vomiting.

These signs may not appear immediately, but come on a few hours after exercise.

Heatstroke can be fatal so if your pet begins to show any symptom, early diagnosis and treatment gives them the best chance of recovery. Don’t delay contact us day or night on 4032 9999

Cairns Veterinary Clinic is proud to have been caring for Cairns furry family members since 1966. With 2 convenient locations, Pease Street and Norman Street, Gordonvale, our clinics are staffed by a great team of hard working and dedicated veterinary professionals who treat your pets as if they are their own.   With a vet available 24/7 365 days per year, we are always here when you need us. Contact our friendly staff for all your pet’s healthcare needs.

 

 

 

THE PAKMAG EXPERTS - DECEMBER 2019 [CAIRNS]

THE PAKMAG EXPERTS – DECEMBER 2019 [CAIRNS]

ALAN REN

Cairns Cars – Home of Audi and Haval

Dear Alan, How do I know when it’s time for a new car?

First and foremost is when safety becomes an issue. Old cars can become unreliable and put yourself and others around you at risk, plus it won’t have the modern-day safety features of a new car.

Secondly is cost. Older cars are more expensive to insure and the costs of repairs will most likely outweigh the value of the car. Fuel efficiency is another factor to consider, as newer cars are becoming more fuel efficient, you will be spending more money at the fuel station.

If you’ve been thinking about getting a new car, come see us. We’d love to help you.

4046 6333
www.cairnsauto.com.au


DR RICHARD THOMAS

Cairns Vet Clinic

Dear Dr Richard Thomas, With this hot weather, how do I prevent my pet getting heatstroke?

Heatstroke is a real risk during summer in the tropics. Signs include excessive panting, dark or bright red tongue and gums, staggering, lethargy, seizures, rapid heartbeat and bloody diarrhea or vomiting.

During the summer months it’s essential to ensure your pet has access to fresh cool drinking water and shady areas so they can retreat out of the summer heat. It’s important for pet parents to seek immediate veterinary attention if their pet shows any signs of heatstroke.

4032 9999
www.cairnsvet.com.au


DR BOBBY GRIFFIN

Dr Griffin Sunbird Orthodontics

Dear Dr Bobby, My two-year-old uses finger sucking as a way to soothe herself. Her child carer suggested this could be a problem. What do you think?

I think your child’s carer is right to be concerned. But, not too concerned! Sucking habits are very common in children. By the age of two years, we should be gently discouraging sucking habits, including fingers and dummies. This is because the risk of developing problems goes up quickly after this age.

If they continue the habit past four years of age and show no signs of quitting the habit, then it is recommended you visit a Specialist Orthodontist who can help steer you in the right direction for help.

4038 1036
www.sunbirdorthodontics.com.au


NARDINE COLLIER

Collier Lawyers

Dear Nardine, do you have tips for creative co-parenting?

Focusing on the good rather than the bad might make life easier. Ask yourself:

What did I used to like about this person, and how are they a great parent? When we were together, we worked to each other’s strengths. Can we do that again?

What if I was willing to acknowledge, and even compliment things the other parent does really well? For example; “Jack told me how you helped him with his homework. He enjoyed it, thanks.” This sort of positivity can only help each other which in turn will help your children.

4214 5666
www.collierlawyers.com.au

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO ENROL IN PUPPY PRESCHOOL

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO ENROL IN PUPPY PRESCHOOL

Enrolling your puppy into puppy preschool is a great way to getting your pup on the right track to becoming a happy and well-adjusted member of the family. It provides basic obedience and essential early socialisation.

Puppies develop very quickly and are very accepting of new situations and experiences. Between the ages of eight and eighteen weeks of age is a very important development period for dogs. This is the best time to introduce your puppy to the world. Our puppy preschool is designed to take advantage of this important learning period in a supervised environment. Even if you’ve had and trained dogs before, it’s beneficial for your puppy’s development and socialisation to join in group classes.

Cairns Veterinary Clinic’s Puppy Preschool Program

Run over 4 weeks, our fun and interactive course covers puppy behaviour including common problems such a mouthing and biting. It also covers toilet training, general health care, socialisation and will teach your puppy basic obedience skills such as ‘sit’, ‘drop’ and ‘stay’.

Our puppy preschool instructors are experienced Veterinary Nurses who will support you in raising your pup to be a happy, healthy and well behaved member of the family.

To attend our classes, your pup must be between 8 and 18 weeks of age and it’s essential that they have had their first vaccinations. This ensures all puppies attending the class are protected against infectious diseases.

Our puppy preschool courses begin on the first Wednesday of every month and are held between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Class sizes are limited and allow us to focus our attention on your puppy. We encourage all members of the family to attend to ensure consistency with training during this important development period.

After graduation

After graduation from puppy school, we recommend further obedience training. There are varying levels of obedience training available in Cairns, from Beginners Obedience to Competition Obedience. As well as being fun, the Cairns Regional Council also offers discount registration to dogs that have a level 3 obedience certificate.

To enroll your puppy in our Puppy Preschool Program, contact us on 4032 9999. Want 50% off the cost of our puppy preschool? Sign your pet’s up to our free Platinum Paws Club. See our website at www.cairnsvet.com.au or contact us on 4032 9999 for more information.

Cairns Veterinary Clinic is proud to have been caring for Cairns furry family members since 1966. With 2 convenient locations, Pease Street and Norman Street, Gordonvale. Our clinics are staffed by a great team of hard working and dedicated veterinary professionals who treat your pets as if they are their own. With a vet available 24/7 365 days per year, we are always here when you need us. Contact our friendly staff for all your pet’s healthcare needs.

HOW YOUNG IS TOO YOUNG TO SEE THE ORTHODONTIST?

HOW YOUNG IS TOO YOUNG TO SEE THE ORTHODONTIST?

Dear Dr Bobby, I’ve been told I should take my eight-year-old to the orthodontist, but I can’t see a reason why, because she’s obviously too young for braces.

You should definitely listen! A kid’s mouth is like a swan – calm on the surface, but chaos underneath. There is so much activity during the six to eight year transition from the baby teeth to the adult teeth. Unless you know what to look for, you will be blissfully unaware that problems may be developing.

A Specialist Orthodontist is trained to detect problems early, and we can often take small steps to prevent big problems when your child becomes a teenager.

4038 1036
www.sunbirdorthodontics.com.au