We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

Keeping Your Indoor Cat Active and Healthy: The Importance of Playtime

While I was growing up, our family pets were always dogs. It was fun as a child to go outside on nice sunny days and toss the ball around, and playing fetch for hours. Going for the daily walk was a little less fun, but always enjoyable once you were on your way and our pups loved it! Scooping poop was never glamorous but a necessary evil and a small price to pay for the infinite, unconditional love of a canine sibling.

As an adult, I became a cat mom. I currently have two female felines. The first is named Kafer, a medium-haired, 15-year-old, brown and black tabby with white and my second is named Kombi, a short-haired, 12-year-old, calico tabby. They are both 100% indoors and always have been. They are pretty content in our house, sleeping away the days when we are out of the house, and snuggling in the bed at night. In the hours in between, my husband and I do our best to keep our indoor beauties busy and active.

Just as walking a dog is a bit of chore, playing with your indoor cat can be as well. But both can be equally as fun. Here are some easy ways to keep your cat active and healthy!

  • Use laser pointers on the floor and walls to get your cat moving – 5 minutes of activity can burn lots of calories!
  • Leave lots of toys out when you are not at home. Catnip mice are a favourite for my two furry creatures.
  • If you have stairs in your house, toss a felt crinkle ball down the stairs. Cats can be easily taught to play fetch!
  • Wands with feathers and string are also a great way to initiate the hunter instinct in your kitty!

Remember, the more your cat moves, the healthier they will be, and the longer they will live. Keep it simple. Switch out toys often (cat toys are relatively inexpensive!). Enjoy the extra time you are spending with your furry felines.

Below are some helpful websites with a plethora of information on how to keep your cat active and why it’s so important!

  1. Cat Healthy
  2. Pet Happy
  3. How to Keep an Indoor Cat Active
  4. 4 Ways to Keep Your Indoor Cat Entertained While You’re Away
  5. Tips for Keeping Your Indoor Cat Mentally Stimulated

Let’s get our cats moving and having some fun!

If you have any questions, give us a call at 709.368.7981.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 709.368.7981. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm. Saturday & Sunday: Closed.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Pick up will ONLY be available between the hours of 2:00-4:00PM and 6:00-8:00PM from Monday to Friday.Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone by credit card or by e-transfer. E-transfers can be sent to info@sunrise-vet.ca.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Sunrise Animal Hospital