Taking Your Cat to the Vet

Did you know that August 22 is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day? This probably isn’t exactly Fluffy’s favorite holiday: she may very well prefer to celebrate Hug Your Cat Day again, but that one falls in June. Besides, coming to see us is in her own best interests: proper veterinary care is very important to your pet’s health! Below, a Plano, TX veterinarian discusses taking your kitty to the vet.

Getting Ready

Does your cat only see her carrier when it’s time for a car ride? If so, don’t be surprised if she bolts for her favorite hiding spot as soon as she sees it. Get your kitty accustomed to her carrier by leaving it out sometimes, and putting soft bedding and toys inside it.

The Car Ride

Car rides can be very scary for our feline friends. Fluffy doesn’t really understand the concepts of mechanics: she only feels the car’s vibration and movement, and may think she’s hurtling toward certain doom. Keep a window cracked, and play some soft music for your furball to sing along to. If your feline friend gets really nervous, ask your vet about using cat-calming products, like sprays and collars. These mimic the scent of happy phenomes, helping keep Fluffy calm.

Checkup Schedule

Your cat’s veterinary care needs will change as she ages. Kittens will need their initial vaccines and exams. They also should be microchipped and spayed or neutered. When your feline pal reaches adulthood, she may only need to come in once or twice a year, for checkups and routine vaccinations. Senior cats often need more frequent visits, so they can be monitored for any signs of health issues. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Signs of Sickness

Cats often try to hide any signs of sickness. Keep a close eye on Fluffy, and watch for possible warning signs. Some common ones are hiding, poor grooming, reduced appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. A sudden increase or decrease in thirst can also mean trouble, as can breathing problems, weight loss or gain, skin issues, bad breath, litterbox issues, and uncharacteristic meows or behavior. Contact your vet right away if you notice anything amiss with your pet. The sooner an issue is caught and treated, the better!

Please contact us, your Plano, TX animal hospital, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are happy to assist!

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