Cats Exclusive Mewsletter                                                                                     Fall 2014 
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Pandora Syndrome
Does Your Cat Have Pandora Syndrome?
Could your cat's indoor lifestyle be putting him or her at risk for symptoms such as urinary pain, digestive disturbances, hypergrooming and anxiety? This is an issue being raised in feline medicine by Dr. Tony Buffington of The Ohio State University. He believes there are a collection of conditions in cats that are similar to those that humans suffer such as interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia, and panic disorders.

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Get a behind-the scenes look at where you take your feline family for care. We will take you through our hospital and boarding suites, where you will see our medical team in action while introducing you to some specialized equipment that serves the unique needs of cats. 
Tours available
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Doctor Team

Dennis Wackerbarth, DVM  

Founder & Medical Director 

Sarah Brandon, DVM  

Richard Lester, DVM

Jennifer Fligiel, DVM

Lora Schuldt, DVM

Faythe Vaughan, DVM

Kathryn Mattick, DVM

Jessica Stern, DVM, DABVP

(feline specialty)

A Cat Speaks: The Scoop On Litter
Cat Speak

Hi! It's your favorite cat here. While perched atop my pile of sandy bentonite this morning, thinking about how I can help you in the quest for the perfect cat litter. I know you want a non-tracking, non-smelly, lightweight, environmentally friendly substrate for me to make my deposits on. But my needs won't always match yours, so let's talk about what we felines feel about this issue.


Most of us really do prefer an unscented, clumping, clay litter, (such as the brand Integrity). A kitty behaviorist named Dr. Jacqueline Neilson spent hours watching cats' elimination patterns and verified this fact. We like it because it's fine-grained, soft, and neutralizes odors well. Some cat owners, however, prefer to avoid this type of litter because it is derived from materials (bentonite, silica) that are strip mined.


There are greener litter choices such as those made from recycled newspaper, wheat, and corn. I'm not fussy, so I'll use any of those. But my cousin Sopheline, she doesn't like those pellets. Now that her joints are getting arthritic they can be a little rough to walk on. As well, her asthma and itchy skin act up if she's exposed to corn or wheat, because these litters can be more allergenic. 

You are annoyed when I track litter all over the house. I wish the stuff didn't stick to me too! If you scoop my box twice a day to keep it clean and dry, it will be less of a problem. And if you give me an uncovered box, I will carefully hide my contributions instead of bolting out of the box in a frenzied shower of debris. The air quality is much better in an uncovered box also. We enjoy a Porta-Potty about as much as you do.


If I stop using the litter box normally, there is something wrong and you should take me to my doctor. I won't like to go, but I could have a physically or emotionally stressful condition that requires interpretation by someone who speaks my language. My behavior is how I communicate with you, and I promise that I don't change my litter box activity to get revenge on you.


You are still wondering, "what's the perfect cat litter, then?" It's simple - the one we use the most is the best!


Read more about Dr Neilson's study

Senior Kitty Wellness Specials Soffie Kitty
As the days shorten and leaves change, it is a good time to think about the senior kitties who share our lives. With good nutrition and care, more cats are enjoying their golden years than ever before. Here are some specials for your 10+ year-old feline, to verify that they are happy and healthy. 

Comprehensive Senior Work-Up 
Includes: physical examination, dental assessment & senior blood screening
reg. $190.80 
Supplemental Add On Package  
available with Comprehensive Senior Work-Up
Includes: urinalysis & blood pressure check
reg. $103 

To redeem this offer, mention this Mewsletter when making an appointment, scheduled to take place prior to 11/29/2014. 
Shop-Purr's Delight
Free Tote Bag Throughout October you can stop by Cats Exclusive to pick up a
FREE Orange Reusable Cats Exclusive Tote Bag
that you can fill with treats, toys and other goodies. When you do, you will 
Receive 20% OFF all non-food items that fit into the bag.

Limit 1 bag per customer 
New Specialized Dental Equipment 
New Dental Machine We are excited about our new equipment we recently added to enhance our dental and our oral surgical units. We have a new state of the art dental machine that is much better for use in the feline mouth. It has smaller working heads for working in the mouth of a cat. It's the unit used and recommended by the veterinary dentists who recently instructed our doctor team on advanced feline dentistry and surgery. We also purchased a surgical head set that will allow us to visualize the tissues much more closely and enhance our oral surgery options.
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