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A Guide to Pet Vaccinations: What You Need to Know

Posted on: Feb 19 2024

For your pet to have a long, healthy life, it is important to ensure that they are protected from infectious diseases that can cause serious health issues or even death. Vaccinations are an important part of pet ownership, and in this guide to pet vaccinations, we explore how they work, how often they’re required and […]

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Understanding Your Cats Body Language

Posted on: Jul 1 2023

Understanding your cats body language is an important step in ensuring they are happy and healthy in their environment. Although often subtle, cat’s use their posture, tail and eyes to signal how they are feeling. Here is a guide to help you interpret your cat’s mood. A Relaxed Cat When a cat feels relaxed and […]

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Signs Your Cat May Have a Problem

Posted on: May 20 2023

Cats tend to shy away from people when they are ill, however watching your feline friend closely if you are concerned about their health is important. Here are some signs your cat may have a problem and its potential cause. Change in Activities Cats are generally active, playful creatures, that’s why a sudden change in […]

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Popular Cat Series: Persian

Posted on: May 6 2023

History There is strong evidence that this longhaired, short-muzzled breed was exported from Afghanistan and Iran to Europe in the 19th century. They became so well-liked that even Queen Victoria owned several Persian cats, leading to the popularity of the breed amongst upper-class British. Persians found their way to the United States after World War II and became a […]

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7 Best Cat Breeds for Kids

Posted on: Feb 24 2023

Finding the right cat for your family can be a big task. However, some cats are more suited to family life, than others. In this blog we discuss which cat breeds make great companions for kids and why. Ragdoll The Ragdoll is known for being easy going, affectionate and docile. They enjoy attention and are […]

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Top Tips for Car Travel with Cats

Posted on: Jan 27 2023

Having the ability to take your cat on long car rides, holidays or even short trips to the vet, requires your cat to be relaxed and comfortable in the car. If not, an enjoyable holiday can quickly turn into a stressful adventure. Here are our top tips for car travel with cats. Image Source Always […]

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Is My Cat Fat? How to Help Your Cat Lose Weight

Posted on: Jan 13 2023

You may think that keeping your cat’s weight in check is easy, however some breeds are more prone to weight gain than others. If your cat is on the heavy side, ensure you seek advice to help them lose weight and live a long, healthy life. Here are 9 ways to help your cat lose […]

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Popular Cat Series: Bombay

Posted on: Dec 16 2022

History The Bombay cat originated in America in the late 1950’s and was named after the port city in India. Breeders were keen to create a cat that had a sleek, shiny black coat and resembled the Indian black leopard. What they delivered was exactly that. Crossing the Burmese cat and the black domestic shorthair, […]

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5 Common Allergies in Cats

Posted on: Nov 18 2022

Just like humans, cats can be prone to allergies. In fact, some breeds are more likely to be burdened with an allergy than others. Here is a list of symptoms that may indicate that your cat has an allergy. Excessive licking Hair loss Excessive scratching Chewing at paws or body Recurring ear infections Dry or […]

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A Guide to the Best Cat Toys

Posted on: Sep 9 2022

Cats require an environment where they can play, scratch, exercise and practice pouncing and chasing. That’s why it’s important to provide toys that stimulate their mind, encourage these instinctive skills and prevent boredom. Here’s some of the best cat toys that will keep your kitty entertained all day. Scratching Posts Cats need to scratch, and […]

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Popular cat series: LaPerm Cat

Posted on: Apr 21 2022

History The LaPerm was first discovered in 1982 in the United States when a tabby had a litter of kittens, one born with curly hair. Its curly coat was a result of a dominate mutation in its genes. It was later bred, creating what is now known as the LaPerm cat. The breed was eventually […]

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Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

Posted on: Mar 10 2022

Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) is a term used to describe conditions that can affect the urinary bladder of cats. Cats of any age can have problems with their lower urinary tracts although some cats are more prone to urinary tract issues than others. Here are some signs that indicate your cat could have […]

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8 Reasons Why Cats Make Great Pets

Posted on: Feb 10 2022

When looking for the perfect pet for you or your family, it is easy to bypass cats and look straight to dogs. However, cats can be just as loyal, playful and fun as any dog. In fact, there are many benefits to having a cat as a pet. Here are the main reasons. Cats are […]

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Popular Cat Series: Balinese Cat

Posted on: Nov 5 2021

History Originating from Siamese cats that were carrying a mutant gene for long hair, the Balinese Cat was first noticed in the early 20th century. Originally, they were known as the Longhaired Siamese, but Siamese breeders protested this name. Eventually the name ‘Balinese’ was decided, due to their resemblance to Balinese temple dancers. The breed […]

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Seizures in Cats

Posted on: Oct 8 2021

Seizures in cats are often caused by abnormal activity in the brain and can be scary for any owner to witness, yet they’re not always an emergency. It is usually a symptom of disease within the brain and can be accompanied by some common symptoms. Symptoms of a Cat Seizure The symptoms associated with seizures […]

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What You Should Know About Cat Fights & Bites

Posted on: Jul 23 2021

Cats are very territorial animals and that’s why it’s no surprise that the main cause of cat fights and bites are cats defending their territory. If your cat is involved in a cat fight, it is very important to seek medical attention. Why? Because cats’ mouth contains bacteria, and untreated bite wounds can cause a […]

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Popular Cat Series: Sphynx

Posted on: Jun 25 2021

History Developed from a litter of hairless kittens in 1966, the sphynx originated in Toronto, Canada. This genetically mutated litter was selectively bred with normal-coated cats and then bred back with other hairless cats. This process was not only used to produce the desired breed characteristics but also to widen the gene pool and produce […]

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What Causes Dental Disease in Cats

Posted on: Mar 19 2021

Dental disease in cats is a very common issue, especially when your feline friend gets older. Although dental problems are hard to detect by owners, they can be very painful for your cat. In fact, if left untreated, some dental diseases can cause serious issues like kidney and heat disease. So, what are the most […]

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Popular Cat Series: Domestic Shorthair

Posted on: Dec 17 2020

History Even though Domestic Shorthair cats are not eligible for official showing, they still have a rich history. Thought to have originated in Egypt around 2000 BC, the Domestic Shorthair can trace its roots back to the pioneer settlement in North America where they were used for rat-catching. These cats worked hard to keep barns […]

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5 signs your cat is stressed

Posted on: Nov 19 2020

Cats can become stressed and anxious when faced with certain situations and changes in their life, just like people. This stress can greatly affect your cat’s physical health and behaviour. So how do you know if your cat is stressed? We share some tell-tale signs, discuss why it may be occurring and explain how you […]

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328 Cranbourne Road, Frankston, VIC, 3199

P: (03) 9789 3444

The Karingal Veterinary Hospital is open 6 days a week.

Our hours are

- 8am-6pm Monday-Friday,
- 9am-5pm Saturday,
- Closed on Sundays,

* We are closed on public holidays.