Did you know that there’s a very important kitty holiday coming up? August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! Of course, if it were up to Fluffy, it would be Pamper Your Cat Day or Get Your Kitty A New Toy Day, but we checked. Although your cute pet would probably rather take a nap than visit us, she’ll both look and feel better with proper veterinary care. In this article, a Rochester, NY vet discusses taking your feline friend to the vet.
Fluffy’s Veterinary Care Needs
Your kitty’s veterinary care needs will change as she ages. When Fluffy is a kitten, you’ll need to bring her in for exams, vaccines, and parasite control, as well as microchipping and spay/neuter surgery. Adult furballs may only need to see us once a twice a year, for checkups and wellness care. Senior cats may need more frequent appointments, so their health can be properly monitored. Don’t be afraid to ask for tips on your cat’s diet and care needs. That’s what we’re here for!
Cats can be quite secretive little furballs, and they often try to hide signs of sickness. In fact, Fluffy may not let on that she isn’t feeling well until she’s quite sick! Therefore, it’s very important for you to act immediately if you notice anything wrong. Some common warning signs to watch for are hiding, poor grooming, changes in appetite, unusual behavior or vocalizations, vomiting, diarrhea, and litterbox issues. Coughing, sneezing, or wheezing are also red flags. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these symptoms in your kitty.
As we all know, most kitties are not particularly fond of going for car rides. One thing that can help is to leave your furry friend’s carrier out, and put comfy bedding and some toys in it. If Fluffy thinks of her carrier as just another napping spot, she’ll be less likely to bolt for her favorite hiding place the moment she sees it. In the car, keep the radio on, and crack the windows. You can also ask your vet about using cat-calming products, like sprays or treats. When you get back home, give your pet a new toy or a special treat.
Do you need to make an appointment for your cat? Contact us, your local Rochester, NY animal clinic, anytime!