Winter 2013 
Mews & News
Riverside Cat Hospital

Clinic Hours 
Monday 8am-7pm
Tuesday thru Friday 8am-5pm
Closed weekends

Boarding pick-ups on Sunday at 5pm by special arrangement

Upcoming Holiday Hours
Open Christmas Eve, Tuesday December 24th from 8am-1pm
Closed Christmas Day
New Year's:
Open New Year's Eve 8am-5pm
Closed New Year's Day

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The Cornell Feline Health Center
promotes feline health and well being by supporting research, working with veterinarians, fostering communication, and providing health information to pet owners.
Visit their website to learn more about current research into feline health problems, get information about feline health and behavior topics, and even find humorous cat pictures and fun feline facts.
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Wellness Packages
Take the financial worry out of your cat's veterinary care! 

Riverside Cat Hospital offers Wellness Packages designed to make caring for your cat easy!

Wellness Packages are offered in 3 levels for different life stages. Each package level includes "wellness" exams at recommended intervals, all recommended vaccines, fecal testing for parasites, and unlimited nail trims at no additional charge. Kitten Wellness Packages also include feline leukemia testing and the complete series of kitten visits and vaccine boosters. Senior packages include senior screening bloodwork, or thyroid or kidney bloodwork for senior patients with thyroid or kidney disease.

In addition to all of the wellness care listed above, cats with our wellness packages are also entitled to free, unlimited visits with no additional physical exam charges. So you don't have to worry about exam charges for unexpected vet visits if your cat gets sick.

Call and ask about a wellness package for your cat today!
Holiday Boarding
boarding kitty
Have you made your cat's holiday boarding reservation yet? Space is filling up quickly, so call today to reserve space for your cat!
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phone: 517-347-2287

4632 Okemos Rd.
Okemos, MI 48864

Happy Holidays from all of us at
Riverside Cat Hospital
Chronic vomiting- 
Could it be more than just hairballs?
Does your cat vomit occasionally? Do you find hairballs on the floor every month? Does your cat like to wake you up in the middle of the night with "that noise"? That noise means that you'd better watch where you step when you get out of bed! If so, you are not alone. Chronic, occasional vomiting is a very common problem. So common, in fact, that many cat owners mistakenly believe that it is normal for their cat to throw up from time to time.
Chronic vomiting is not normal for cats.
It is a sign that something is not right inside. Listen to your cat! He is trying to tell you something. Chronic vomiting, even as infrequently as once a month, is indicative of a problem with your cat's gastrointestinal tract, liver, or pancreas. 
The most common cause of chronic vomiting is inappropriate diet.
We see this particularly in cats that are fed a dry, high-carbohydrate food. Often a simple change to a canned, low-carbohydrate food will help to reduce or eliminate the frequency of vomiting. Other cats can actually be allergic to their food, and will respond favorably to a hypoallergenic diet. 
cat at the vet Vomiting can be associated with many common metabolic or endocrine diseases, like hyperthyroidism or kidney disease. Simple blood testing can help to determine whether all your cat's organs are functioning properly. Simple treatments are available for many of these diseases. 
Inflammatory bowel disease, chronic liver inflammation, or chronic pancreatitis are 3 common, often connected disease syndromes that frequently cause vomiting. If the veterinarian suspects that your cat may have one of these conditions, she may recommend blood tests or imaging tests (like x-rays) to help establish a diagnosis. Medications or special foods may be prescribed to help control symptoms. 
The bottom line: 
It is not normal for cats to vomit. Even if your cat has a great appetite, is acting fine, and only throws up a hairball every few weeks, it is wise to let your veterinarian know. Acting to control the problem now can help to prevent worsening disease in the months and years to come. 
Please call or schedule an appointment for an evaluation! 
Merry Christmas! Holiday Tips for Your Cat 
With the holiday season fast approaching, take a few minutes to review these safety guidelines for your pets before you put up those decorations or wrap your presents!
Holiday decorations 
Decorative items such as tinsel, small ornaments, and ornament hooks should be put away, or hung well out of reach of your cat. These items can cause serious problems if swallowed, and the glitter and shine can make them very attractive toys for cats!

Holiday plants 
Most people know that poinsettia is not good for cats to eat, but a more serious toxic plant is mistletoe. Since cats can be very good at reaching things they want to nibble, the safest option is to not keep live plants in the house at all.
christmas cat The Christmas Tree 
Even the sturdiest of tree stands may not prevent an accident if your cat climbs the tree. Be sure your tree is anchored firmly, and do not allow your cat to drink the water from the stand. 
Gift Wrapping 
Many cats find shiny and curly ribbons irresistible! But, if
swallowed, these can be dangerous play things. Keep all
wrapping supplies out of reach of your cat. 
Food and Sweets 
With all the baking and cooking that goes on around the Holidays, take extra care to be sure your cat does not get into anything other than his or her own food! Items to be particularly careful with are foods containing onions, chocolate, or artificial sweeteners. 
Taking a little extra care in your holiday preparations will
help ensure that everyone has a joyous time! 
Ask Izzy 
Dear Izzy,
I am decorating for Christmas and wonder what plants I should avoid to reduce danger to my cats. I have heard that poinsettias are toxic, but I'm not sure if there are other plants that could cause problems. My cat does sometimes like to nibble on plants' leaves.

Cautious Kitty Parent

Dear Cautious,
You are right to be concerned, and I'm glad that you asked this questions. In actuality, poinsettias typically cause mild stomach upset, but  aren't typically any more toxic than that. Other plants that can cause more severe problems include mistletoe and holly. These cause more severe gastrointestinal and even some cardiovascular problems. Lillies are a popular holiday decorating choice, and can cause kidney failure in cats, so these plants should be avoided as well.
Have a wonderful holiday season!


The Last Word      


Wishing you and your feline families a restful Holiday season!
Dr. Kerry Lewis
Riverside Cat Hospital