National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! Here at Coit Hedgcoxe Animal Hospital, we like to mark the many pet-themed days and occasions. Of course, some of these would be more popular with our patients than others. When it comes to our feline friends, for example, it’s probably safe to say that Fluffy would be thrilled to celebrate Hug Your Cat Day or Cat World Domination Day. Take Your Cat To The Vet Day? Not so much. Regardless of their opinion on the matter, kitties do need proper veterinary care to stay healthy. Here, a Plano, TX vet discusses taking your cat to the vet.


Fluffy will need to visit us a few times while she is still a kitten. Your pet will need a thorough exam, as well as her initial vaccinations and parasite control. Spay/neuter surgery is also in order, as is microchipping. Once your furball is an adult, she may only need to come in once or twice a year, for wellness care. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Emergency Visits

Cats tend to be quite hardy, but they aren’t invincible. Just like any other animal, kitties are susceptible to illness and injury. Keep an eye out for signs of trouble. Some common ones are vomiting, diarrhea, poor grooming, hiding, lack of appetite, sudden weight changes, behavioral changes, fever, and respiratory issues. Any of these red flags warrant an immediate call to the vet.

The Trip

Most cats are not particularly fond of car rides. To make the trip a bit easier on your furball, keep a window cracked for airflow, and play the radio softly. Try to avoid routes with a lot of bumps or potholes. If Fluffy gets carsick, don’t feed her right before you leave.

The Carrier

If your cat only sees her carrier just before a car ride, she may become wary of it. Try bringing the carrier out between trips, just to help your furry pal get used to it. Put comfy bedding and some toys in the carrier, and spritz it with a pet-calming spray. Offer Fluffy attention, treats, and catnip near the carrier. You may also want to try telling her not to nap in it. She’ll probably hop right in!

Please feel free to contact us, your local Plano, TX vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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