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.


Handling Anxious/Scared Cats

Just as in people, our lovely fur babies can experience anxiety and can become very stressed in certain situations. If you’re concerned that your cat may be experiencing anxiety, there are some signs you can watch for, such as; trembling, withdrawal or hiding, diarrhea, becoming less active etc. Luckily, there are some ways you can help your kitty out during these tough times!

Thundershirts for Cats
A thundershirt for cats is a kitty sized compression vest that applies gentle, constant pressure to your cat while wearing it. It has been reported this pressure can calm anxiety and stress in animals. Although thundershirts have been proven useful for dogs, not many studies have been done on cat thundershirts, so if you have a fidgety kitty, you may want to try another option!

Cat Calming Pheromone Diffusers
Cat pheromone diffusers such as the Feliway diffuser, are a great option for helping relieve your cat’s anxiety within your home. Essentially, these pheromone diffusers release a synthetic version of the feline facial pheromones, which has been shown to aid in anxiety for cats. Another option for the Feliway diffuser is the MultiCat diffuser, which is specifically targeted towards multi-cat households and providing harmony amongst the other cats! These diffusers use a synthetic version of the pheromone mother cats give off while nursing kittens.

Training and Playtime
Playing with your cat or training them to do certain tasks has been shown to do wonders for their anxiety! Positive interaction with their owners, especially at a young age, can have a very positive effect on growing kittens and help them feel more secure. Scratching posts, feathers, laser pointers are just some of the different cat toys you can try experimenting with to find one that works best for the both of you!

If you notice your kitty only ever seems to get anxious when it to comes time to visit the vet, there are some ways you can help beforehand, so when it comes the time, it will be an easier experience for both of you. You can introduce your cat to their crate by having it out in a place where they can smell and get a feel for it, so it won’t be such a struggle to get them in and out! Another option is taking your cat for car rides or walks if you are both comfortable enough. It gets them introduced to the “outside world,” so it doesn’t seem as big and scary for when they do have to come and visit the vet!

Written by: Bailie Henderson, CCR



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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

We are all aware of the concerns and rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. Due to the close public contact that our work requires, we have taken necessary measures to protect our clients, our team and work hard to ensure we can continue to provide excellent care for our patients.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

• Currently, we are operating a “closed waiting room” clinic to protect our clients and staff. We ask you to stay in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call our front desk at 519-893-1360 once you have arrived. For scheduled appointments we will take a history over the phone or we ask that you email us any concerns prior to the appointment. A technician will meet you outside the doors to bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then call to discuss our recommended treatment plan and take payment over the phone. A technician will then meet you outside the door to hand off any take home medications and return your pet.

• We are OPEN during the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
Sunday: Closed

We are running with limited staff in order to be able to continue to be open, so please be patience.

• We can now see all cases by appointment only.

• If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with issues at their ends and are attempting to provide orders as soon as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order - our staff will meet you outside the door with your items. We are asking that all food and medications are pre-paid at the time of ordering it. If your food is not prepaid, we unfortunately cannot hold it for you for longer than 1 day at this time. If you are paying Debit we will be allowing one client at a time to enter the clinic to pay. We have stopped taking cash payments for the time being.

We do have an online store available for purchasing food 24/7. Go to our website manitouanimalhospital.com and click “online store” to sign up.

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 human medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs and have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience in these matters. Please stay healthy and 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.

Thank you,

The Manitou Animal Hospital Team