Was it Something I Said? Why Your Cat Runs Away

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Was that a bird? Or a plane? Or just your cat flying across your living room? Cats have a habit of being stealthy and nimble, but it can feel pretty yucky when your cat runs away every time you approach. 

Is it Fear?

Just like humans, it is only natural that your cat would want to run from something scary or unpleasant.  Cats may dart away if something is frightening or surprising, such as a loud voice or quick, unexpected movements.

When a cat runs away from you consistently, they may also be associating you with something unpleasant. If every time you catch your kitty you are medicating, bathing, picking them up, or doing anything else your cat does not like, it is only natural for them to try to escape.        

Play Behavior

Cats are pretty playful critters, and sometimes running away may be a sign of engaging play. Your cat is most likely to be playing if they:

  • Only run away sometimes
  • Run away then come back to see your reaction
  • Have playful body language such as a crooked tail, sideways stance, and erect, pushed-forward whiskers
  • Are incorporating attack behavior into the retreat

When Your Cat Runs Away All the Time

While there may be some very good reasons your cat runs away from you, most of us would prefer that our feline friends be, well, friendly. Is it possible to teach your cat not to run away from you? While cats are going to be cats to a certain extent, King’s Trail Animal Hospital does have some helpful hints to help teach your pet that they need not run away from you:

  • Think like a cat – Cats don’t typically like anything loud or fast. When your cat is around, take heed to speak softly and move smoothly and deliberately to avoid startling him or her. Doing this will help your cat to become more accustomed to you and build confidence. 
  • Make a positive association – Sometimes we must do things like brush or medicate our cats that they do not like. Be sure that you are creating lots of positive interactions when you approach, though, to remind them that you are not all bad. Offer a snuggle if your cat likes that or a special toy or treat sometimes to balance the unpleasant interactions.
  • Be patient – Don’t push things too quickly. If your cat is very nervous about you approaching, you may have to settle for merely getting within a few feet and stopping. As your cat learns to tolerate your presence more, you will be able to get closer. Don’t try to touch until kitty is consistently okay with you being within petting range.
  • Satisfy the urge to play – It can be hard to fulfill your cat’s need for playtime, but unless you do, your cat is likely to try to engage you in chasing behavior a lot more. Provide structured play time every day, but also be sure to give your kitty plenty of outlets to engage in themselves. Ball and track toys, spring toys, and kicking stands are great tools for cats to play on their own when the urge arises. 

If your cat runs away from you, it is likely that you aren’t doing anything wrong. Rather, you likely just need a better understanding of feline behavior so that you and your cat can better enjoy each other’s company. Most cats can learn that a human approaching them isn’t a bad thing. You may even get a snuggly buddy out of the deal.
If your cat is having sudden behavioral changes and hiding more than normal, it is time to come see us at King’s Trail Animal Hospital to be sure that there are no medical reasons for the new behavior.

The King’s Trail Animal Hospital App: Excellent Care at Your Fingertips

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Pet owners have already begun reaping the benefits of smartphone technology with apps that teach pet first aid, monitor a pet’s exercise habits, and even provide entertainment.

At King’s Trail Animal Hospital, we’re committed to not only providing the best care for your pet, but also making it convenient to access with the launch of our new app! This app has been designed to provide extended care for our patients by connecting owners with information about our hospital, appointment requests, reminders, and more – all at your fingertips!

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Out And About: Fun Things to Do With Pets In Jacksonville

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Whether you and your pet are seeking adventure or relaxation, you’ll find both in Jax. We love our city, and exploring it with a four-legged best pal can’t be beat!

But where are those hidden gems? Have no fear, Kings Trail Animal Hospital has curated recommendations from all over to give you all the fun things to do with pets in Jacksonville.

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Best Practices for Boarding Your Pet

Boarding your pet is a great alternative to traveling with a pet

For a pet who eagerly awaits your return home every day, it can feel daunting to face any time apart. It might make sense to hire a pet sitter or dog walker to tend to their needs while you’re gone, but what happens if your pet gets sick or injured?

One great alternative is pet boarding. At Kings Trail Animal Hospital, we pride ourselves on eliminating any fear related to your pet’s stay. We can also provide treatment, if needed, and individualized care to guests with special needs. Keep reading to learn more about boarding your pet with us and how it can be even easier when approached the right way.

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Hand in Paw: The Plight of Pets Rescued from Hurricane Michael

Pets rescued from hurricane Michael are looking for their families.

On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael made landfall in Mexico Beach, Florida. Michael has been labeled the third most intense Atlantic hurricane to hit the U.S., and its effects have been devastating. With major flooding, loss of life, and the destruction of thousands of homes and buildings, residents throughout the southeast are only just beginning the process of healing and rebuilding.

The depth of human compassion in the wake of such tragedy has been moving, and the lengths that animal lovers have gone to for pets rescued from Hurricane Michael are no exception. Recently, hundreds of these animals were transported throughout the country by teams of dedicated volunteers, and some of them have ended up right here in Jacksonville!

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When Is It a Pet Emergency?

A striped cat with its ears down partially hiding behind a white cloth like it's in pain. This may be a behavior associated with a pet emergency.As a pet owner, few things are as frightening as a pet emergency. Whether your pet has been hit by a car, is vomiting unexpectedly, or something just seems off, it can send even the calmest pet parent into a tailspin.

Knowing whether or not your pet needs immediate medical attention isn’t always easy. Some emergencies are obvious, but many are not. It can be hard not to panic when a pet suddenly seems ill or is behaving differently, which is why it’s so important to understand what constitutes a pet emergency.

Know Their Normals

Pets are naturally skilled at hiding signs of illness or injury, which is why it’s so important for you to pay close attention to their normal habits and behaviors. Changes in the following can signal a need for a trip to the veterinarian: Continue…