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.

Why Do Cats Purr?

Think about sitting on the couch all curled up with your cat. You may be watching a movie, or sitting in front of the fire. You’re petting your cat and then you hear the purring sound. You can’t help but smile. We all love hearing the sound of our cats purring. Purring usually means that they are content and happy.

How does a cat purr? Purring involves the rapid movement of the muscles of the larynx combined with the diaphragm. Then as the cat breathes in and out, air hits the vibrating muscles, this then creates the purring sound.

Each cat’s purr is unique. Purring though can mean more than just a good mood. Cats can purr to communicate other emotions as well. For example, when they are hungry their purr can be combined with a meow or cry, to really get your attention. As we all know food is great, and who doesn’t want to eat all the time right?! When we don’t eat we might get a little grumpy, just as our cats may not leave us alone until that bowl is full of food. Then they happily purr while eating and all is right in their little world. You can then finish your cup of coffee.

Kittens can purr from a very young age, this helps them communicate with their Mom. As wellpurring can strengthen their bond. Purring may also be a way of relief, when a cat gets hurt they may purr as a way to help soothe and make them feel better. A cat’s purr can also have benefits for us as humans. Purring can help pet owners relieve stress, lower blood pressure, and keep us happier.

Written by Madison Vandenberg, ACA

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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 Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780-458-3833. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, 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 - 5:00 pm Saturdays 9:00 - 2:00 pm and closed on Sundays.

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 clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle.

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

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these 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 Mission Ridge Animal Hospital