Cat Chat With Dr. Race Foster

by DFS-Pet-Blog on May 3, 2010

DFS-Logo **Guest post from Ellen B.**

Many people ask me if there is really a Dr. Foster and a Dr. Smith…and if so, do they look like they do in the logo picture. The answer is yes…and yes. Not only are they real, but they are very hands-on here in the Drs. Foster & Smith offices. I asked Race if I could ask him a few questions so I could write a blog post (or two), and he was more than happy to invite me into his office for a chat.

Dr. Race Foster, DVM

Dr. Race Foster, DVM

I had heard that Race had specialized in veterinary care of cats, so I thought I’d start with a cat topic. First, I had to know a little more about how this specialty came about. Race explained that when he was in veterinary school at Michigan State, he always had a personal interest in cats, so he often took the feline cases. He even received the Feline Surgery Award – an award where the recipient is chosen by faculty votes. Currently, Race said that he had 4 cats, but was going to be adding a new cat to his family that evening! He’s owned a couple full breed cats, but usually gets his cats from a shelter.

With spring amidst us, here was my “cat question” for Race: What type of preparation should cat owners take before hot weather gets here?

Enjoying a little sunshine.

Enjoying a little sunshine.

With a smile, he said he liked that question and answered, “Not much!” I didn’t let him get by with that easy of an answer, so he elaborated and gave me the following good information about cats:

Cats are historically desert animals and like arid, hot places – within reason, of course. They seek warmer places such as sunshine coming through a window or by a heat register. Cats tolerate heat well, but of course they need the option of escaping. That point lead to a very important fact:

The #1 heat related complication occurs from cats being left in vehicles.

  • The green house effect in cars makes it unsafe to even make a quick trip into a store on a warm day.
  • Garages are also really unsafe for pets because there’s usually poor ventilation. On a summer day, a garage can quickly heat up to over 100 degrees.
  • It’s important that cats have access to fresh water at all times. Cats tend to eat less and drink more when it’s hot. (TIP: Pet water fountains encourage cats to drink more water by providing the sound, coolness, and freshness of running water.)

For more information about cats and heat, read this article titled Heatstroke (Hyperthermia) in Cats.

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Jolene May 10, 2010 at 2:01 pm

My cat and dog both love to soak up sunshine through the window.

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