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.
Everyone is always helpful and nice. Glad we switched veterinarians.
Dr. Heather always takes the best care of our animals. Thank you!
Very friendly team and thoroughly enjoyed our first welcome appointment with our new puppy!
My pet got attacked and needed help right away - Blue Lake fit us in, performed surgery and Dr. Will kept me apprised the whole time. When there were complications, they again fit us in right away and helped. Great vet office.
We live in Lansing and travel to the clinic for all of our dogs. Dr. Heather is so knowledgeable and actually gave us a more precise date on when our dog should have a c-section. If we would have gone off the previous advice from a different vet…
I can't say enough good about Blue Lake. My dog Buster is 15 years old and has some expected health issues, but they are always helpful with my pet and his needs.
This is a very caring place to bring your pet.
We have a reptile that needed some immediate care. The staff was able to get us an appointment within a couple of days. We received very good care for our reptile friend and will definitely use them again for any of our exotic pets.
Very courteous staff.