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Darlington Veterinary Hospital

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200 Marycroft Ave. Unit 24
Woodbridge, ON L4L5X6
Phone: 905-851-0142

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Monday8am7:30pm
Tuesday8am7:30pm
Wednesday8am7:30pm
Thursday8am7:30pm
Friday8am7:30pm
Saturday8am4pm
SundayClosedClosed
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Introducing a NEW CAT into a household with already existing cats.

 (From the American Association of Feline Practitioners)

When introducing a new cat, initially isolate it in a separate room with its own food, water, litter box and toys.  This allows each cat to gradually adjust to the scent and sounds of the other cat.  Once a veterinarian has deemed the cats healthy, limited interaction may occur under the door.

Continue the gradual introduction by exchanging bedding between cats, and rubbing a cloth around onecat's mouth and  leaving that cloth in the other cat's space, or rubbing a cloth alternately on each cat.  As cats start to exhibit curiosity about each other , reward friendly behaviour with treats and praise.

multi-cat household

At this point, short, supervised, direct interactions can begin.  For the initial exposure, have one cat in a carrier and allowing the other cat to approach.  Feeding both cats at the same time can reduce stress as well.  Following this, allow cats to walk around and sniff each other.  Continue to reward friendly behaviour. Gradually increase the supervised time together.

Do not leave the cats together unsupervised until several supervised interactions without aggression have occurred. The process of introducing a new cat may take several weeks  Older cats may need a quiet space away from kittens for an extended period of time.  Friendly, well-socialized cats may adapt to each other rapidly. 

Pheromonal products may ease the introduction, but should be used in conjunction with gradual introduction.

 

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DayOpenClosed
Monday8am7:30pm
Tuesday8am7:30pm
Wednesday8am7:30pm
Thursday8am7:30pm
Friday8am7:30pm
Saturday8am4pm
SundayClosedClosed
   
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We are here for you and your pet 24 hours 7 days a week. In the event of an emergency after hours please phone 416-428-1986. During regular office hours we are here for you and your pet if an emergency should occur. Emergencies are prioritized. If you have an opportunity to notify us of your arrival please do so. We strive to keep appointments on a timely basis but clients are asked to have patience should an emergency arise at the hospital.‚Äč

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200 Marycroft Ave. Unit 24
Woodbridge, ON L4L5X6
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