Fear Free Fourth of July

Fear Free Fourth of July

Veterinary Assistant Lacy Failing goes over some tips an training exercises to help your pets have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Why Does My Cat Sound Like An Elephant At Night?

Kitten hiding under bed

You’ve finally fallen asleep and suddenly your little fur ball sounds like an elephant running through the hallways.  How does a 7 pound cat manage to make so much noise?  Why do your feet turn into play toys?

Most of us think cats are nocturnal creatures, but did you know they are actually crepuscular?  This means if your cat sounds like herd of elephants in the dark of evening, you are likely encouraging their behavior.

The word crepuscular is derived from the Latin crepusculum, meaning “twilight.” Crepuscular animals tend to sleep at night, and reserve energy during midday, when the sun is at its peak. These species are active primarily during twilight (at dawn and dusk).

The last thing you want to do at midnight is pretend like this crazy cat isn’t there, but (unfortunately) that’s the best way to curb this behavior.  Getting out of bed and feeding your cat or playing with them only tells your cat that being awake at night is okay.

Here are some tips for keeping your cat asleep at night:

1.       Keep them busy during the day.  If you can’t stay home with them, there are plenty of battery operated toys available.  Be sure to research the safety of these toys before leaving your cat alone with them—you probably do not want to leave your cat with an electronic mouse but a stable toy would be okay.

A general rule of thumb, switch your cat’s toys.  Cats can get bored easily.  If they have a favorite toy, keep it consistent, but rotate additional toys. 

2.       Play with your cat when you get home.  You are their favorite playmate!  Remember, use toys, not your fingers.  

3.       Feed your cat their biggest meal before bed. 

4.       As a last resort, close your bedroom door at night. 


Hands On Experience

Sydney works hard at Lien Animal Clinic

Sydney does not always love mornings

Sydney does not always love mornings

It is 6:50 in the morning and Sydney gets her fleece on. It's going to be another long day at work for her. She's preparing for a day of ultrasound training, teaching restraints, nail trims, and getting far too many treats.

She comes to Lien Animal Clinic most days with Ayla, one of our Licensed Veterinary Technicians.  Sydney calmly allows us to train and learn new skills as long as we promise to reward her--she also likes her mom to be present when training is in process.

While in school, Ayla used to practice restraints with Sydney (such as holding a dog safely for toenail trims and blood draws, gently laying a dog on their side or back for X-Rays, etc.) so she's become rather use to it.  Since she is accustomed to these procedures, our team has the opportunity to gain hands on knowledge before working with your pet(s).  Even our own Dr. Majeski had Sydney as her patient during her final exam in becoming certified in Ultrasound!  


At the end of the day Sydney leaves with a full tummy and lots of love from the staff.

To see Sydney demonstrating toe nail trims visit:

Or to see her showing how a pet is restrained for ultrasound visit:



Thank you Sydney for giving us the opportunity to gain hands on skills!

Ayla Wannamaker, Licensed Veterinary Technician