August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! We know, Fluffy would rather celebrate Take Your Dog To The Vet Day. However, even if your kitty isn’t very enthusiastic about visiting the doctor, she’ll look and feel better with proper care. In this article from Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cy-Fair animal clinic, a local vet offers tips on taking your feline pal to the vet.
Although every cat is unique, we do have some universal recommendations for our feline patients when it comes to veterinary care. Fluffy should be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current on her vaccinations, dental care, and parasite control. Regular exams are also very important.
Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule for your furry buddy. This will depend on your cat’s age, lifestyle, and health. For example, a cat that goes outdoors will need more appointments than an indoor kitty, and a senior cat will probably need to come in more than a two-year old.
Cats often try to hide signs of illness, so you’ll need to keep a close eye out for warning signs. Some common things to look for are hiding, poor grooming, fever, lethargy, respiratory issues, vomiting, reduced appetite, and uncharacteristic behavior or vocalizations. Call your vet immediately if you notice any of these signs, or anything else amiss.
Usually, if a kitty spots a little cubbyhole or box, she’ll immediately try to investigate it. However, Fluffy may not be quite so enthusiastic about her carrier, especially if she only sees it before she goes to the vet. Keep the carrier out between appointments, and make it more comfortable by adding bedding and toys. Giving your furball treats and catnip in or near it will also help her feel more at ease.
Car rides are one thing that cats and dogs generally disagree on. Fido absolutely loves going for rides, and may jump for joy when he hears your keys. Fluffy, however, may spend the entire trip meowing in protest at the sheer indignity of having to leave her kingdom. To soothe her, keep a window cracked, and play the radio softly. You can also try using cat-calming products, such as treats or sprays.
Please contact us at Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cy-Fair animal clinic, anytime. We are here to help!