A new family member is an exciting time. Your first kitten? A second (or third) cat? Or perhaps you are adopting an older cat, maybe a rescue? Either way, it is important to prepare carefully for your new family member. One critically important step is establishing good litter box habits. It is much easier to prevent litter box issues and inappropriate elimination than it is to try to fix the problem. Remember, you are not really training your cat. Cats will choose where they eliminate based on a complex set of factors. You are providing your cat with a cat-friendly and cat-appropriate place to go with the expectation that they will choose the spot (the litter box) that you have chosen for them. Once their habit is formed, they are extremely likely to follow that habit for successful litter box use and a healthy, clean home.
The key to successful and continuous litter box use is to begin with a cat-friendly set up from the first day your new cat or kitten comes home. You need to visualize the litter box from the cat’s point of view.
Once your cat chooses a box or type of litter, you can stick with that, keeping in mind that you may need to adjust as your cat ages or as your family circumstances change. With some careful planning, you will find they will use their litter box routinely and preferentially. You can prevent a lot of trouble with a cat-friendly litter box set up that encourages its use and helps establish the habit of consistently using the litter box. Blue Lake Animal Hospital provides dedicated care for your cats, so call us to schedule a checkup.
Prevention is key to supporting your pet’s ongoing health. We devise an individualized strategy to keep your pet healthy and happy.
We perform standard and specialized surgeries to address your pet’s health concerns, including spays, tumor removal, orthopedic surgeries, and more.
Vaccinations are an important part of preventing communicative diseases. Keep your pet up-to-date on their vaccinations right at our office.
Dental health is essential to your pet’s overall wellness. Our dental services cover all of your pet’s oral health needs, from tooth extraction to cleaning.
Year-round heartworm prevention is key to keeping your pet healthy. We provide FDA-approved treatments to prevent infection.
Fleas and ticks aren’t just a nuisance: they pose a serious threat to your pet’s health. Protect your pet with preventative medicine.
Pocket pets have unique health needs. Our team addresses your pet’s health issues and develops a strategy, so they feel like their energetic self.
We provide comprehensive reproductive care for pets, including artificial insemination, neonatal care, fertility exams, and more.
Rely on us when your pet needs urgent care. We know emergencies are stressful, so we treat urgent health concerns with the utmost care.
Managing your pet’s medical needs is easy when you use our online pharmacy. Renew your pet’s prescription and purchase FDA-approved medication right from the comfort of your home. If you have any questions, contact us to speak with a trusted veterinarian.
I was impressed with the staff and Dr. Heather! You can tell that they truly care for your pets health and wellness!
I had to get my Sugar Glider Sebastian in to be seen, he was not acting right. Dr. Van Den Heuvel reassured me that he is healthy and well taken care of. Even though I do not have an exact answer to what had happened I was able…
Dr. Will is a great doctor he is currently treating my dog Jadie with her arthritis and trachea issues and also a friendly staff!
Highly recommend any rabbit owners to go here! The staff and doctors are very kind and knowledgeable about bunnies.
The entire staff is fabulous! This husband and wife team make a fantastic duo, you can tell all the staff love what they do! I drive over an hour each way to work with them and it’s worth every mile, thank you all so much! If you are…
Dr. Will was great! Very friendly and answered all our questions...Highly recommend.
Great veterinary service by wonderful people.
Switched to Blue Lake recently. I called on Tuesday to try and get our dog seen soon due to excessive itching, they were able to have him seen the next day! Highly impressed by Dr. Will. Thorough explanation of treatment and answered all my questions without feeling rushed.…
Thank you for making Truffles’ first vet visit such a positive experience. Everyone in the office is friendly and Dr. Heather is great. Truffles would like you to know that he makes no apologies for holding Dr. Heather hostage for extra cuddles after his exam.
Our Olive broke her leg in a freak accident playing with Mama Luci. Her care started out at the emergency hospital, but we asked Dr. Will and the staff at Blue Lake Animal to take over her continued care. We have been thrilled with the care and the…