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.

Adopting a Cat

What Type of Cat Should you Adopt?

So You Are Thinking of Adopting a Cat…As the proud owner of 5 cats myself, I know that there are many different places to acquire a new feline friend and many things to take into consideration before making that initial leap into pet parenthood. A few questions you should ask yourself before making your final decision include, do you want an adult cat or kitten, short or long hair, purebred or rescue, male or female? There are of course pros and cons to all of these considerations, but the biggest pro is that you will be enriching your life (and that of your family), with the addition of a new furry feline companion.

Let’s briefly touch on each of these considerations:

1) Adult or kitten? With the adoption of an adult cat, basically what you see is what you get which is a bonus. If you are looking to adopt a kitten you will likely have your hands full for the first few weeks while they adjust to their new environment and settle into their new home. While there are exceptions to every rule, kittens “tend” to get into more trouble than their adult counterparts. That being said, kitten proofing your house is VERY important before bringing home your new ball of joy.

2) Short haired or long? Over the years I certainly have had my share of both, but now know I prefer long haired cats. This is definitely a personal preference for each cat owner. Some people will find they are allergic to one hair type versus another. I know you will find this hard to believe, but I myself find that short haired cats shed more than the long haired ones. Short haired cats tend to shed individual hairs all day long where a long haired cat tends to lose their fur in “clumps” which are easier to pick up. Longer haired cats will have fur that mats more easily than their short haired counterparts, so daily grooming is another important consideration before adoption.

3) Purebred vs Rescue? The fact that you are even considering adopting a new “friend” means that some cat somewhere, is going to be given an even better life than they have already.

By choosing a mixed breed cat from the shelter or a private home, you can sometimes avoid the genetic problems and larger fees involved with adopting a purebred cat from a breeder.

4) Male or female? Again this choice generally comes down to personal preference. I personally have an affinity for male cats and find them more social and cuddly from my past experience, but they also have a higher risk of urinary problems over female cats. Do your research of both pros and cons before making your final decision, and consider involving your veterinarian in the process so you can make an informed decision.

As always, we at College Manor welcome all of your questions and invite you to call or drop in anytime and one of our team members will be happy to provide you with more great information and resources. Or, you can leave a comment right here on the site. We’d love to connect with you on our Facebook page too!

You can also visit our main website @ www.collegemanorvet.com where you will find thousands of articles related to the health and care of kittens and cats. These articles can be found under the “Pet Health” tab.

Angela Devereaux, Office Co-Ordinator

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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 905.853.4706. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

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: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm & Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.

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. 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, visit our website.

Note: Due to the continued health precautions recommended by Health Canada, we have elected to discontinue 'in clinic' pick-ups for items ordered via our Webstore including both medications and food with immediate effect. The delivery option is extremely flexible and they will deliver to your place of work, home, cottage or wherever you choose.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

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 College Manor Veterinary Hospital