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National Squirrel Appreciation Day

National Squirrel Appreciation Day is January 21st! Of course, not everyone likes squirrels. Some think of these little guys as nuisances. Others see them as both adorable and entertaining. However, it’s safe to say that many of our furry patients appreciate them… and also really enjoy chasing them! Here, a Westminster, MD vet discusses—you guessed it—squirrels.

Cats and Squirrels

When we first became friends with Fluffy, we prized her for her hunting abilities. That’s because kitties helped keep our granaries clear of small rodents, like squirrels. Nowadays, most cats don’t have to work to earn their keep any more, unless meowing and looking cute counts as work. We also recommend keeping cats safe and sound indoors. However, even if your furball wouldn’t have any idea how to actually catch a squirrel, or what to do with one if she did, she will still enjoy watching them. Give your feline buddy a comfy window seat, and offer her a catnip squirrel to pounce on.

Dogs and Squirrels

It’s probably safe to say that quite a few of our canine patients have jerked on their leashes in the attempt to run after a squirrel. Like cats, dogs are predators in the wild, so many of them are more or less hardwired to chase smaller animals. This is one reason it’s so important to teach your pooch basic commands, like Stay, Come, and Heel.

Celebrating National Squirrel Appreciation Day

How does one go about celebrating National Squirrel Appreciation Day? If you have a cat, try to find a documentary on squirrels, and see if your furball is interested in watching it. Some kitties love watching programs about birds and rodents. As for Fido, if the weather permits, take him for a walk, and let him observe some squirrels. (Note: this is a great time to work on your pup’s training.) Then, at the end of the day, settle in with a good movie that features a squirrel. This is a great option for a family night!

Tips

Squirrels may be cute, but they can carry dangerous bacteria and viruses, as well as parasites, like worms and fleas. Be sure to keep up with your furry friend’s vaccinations and parasite control products! (Tip: ask us about our individual vaccination programs.)

Please reach out to us, your Westminster, MD vet clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!

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