There’s a pretty special kitty holiday around the corner. Take Your Cat To The Vet Day is August 22nd! We know, Fluffy would probably insist that it is actually Take Your Dog To The Vet Day, but we double checked. A local Pickerington, OH vet offers a few tips on taking your feline buddy to the vet below.
Your feline friend’s veterinary care needs will change a bit over time. When your furball is a kitten, she’ll need to come visit us a few times. A thorough exam is definitely in order for baby cats, as are vaccines, parasite control, and spay/neuter surgery. By the time your furball is fully grown, the focus should be on wellness care. Adult cats usually need to come in about once a year. However, some kitties, such as senior pets and cats that are allowed outside, need more frequent appointments. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.
In addition to your kitty’s regular appointments, you’ll need to keep an eye out for any signs of illness. Cats are quite secretive in this area, and may not let on they don’t feel well until they are actually quite sick. (This is because in the wild, showing signs of illness can attract the attention of dangerous predators.) Some things to look for are hiding, poor grooming, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory issues, lack of appetite, and changes in behavior. If you notice any of these things, or any other concerning behavior, contact your vet right away.
The Drive Over
You’ve probably noticed that Fluffy is, in general, not really a fan of car rides. Your kitty may complain all the way to the clinic and all the way home. Safety is the big thing here. Always keep your furball crated for travel. Don’t let her roam through the car. Fluffy could get into a position that interferes with your driving, which could be very dangerous. Adding toys and bedding to your pet’s carrier will help make it more comfortable. We also recommend cracking a window and, weather permitting, running the AC. Once you get your feline pal back home, give her a new toy or a special treat to get her motor going again.
Is your kitty due for an appointment? We are here to help! Contact us, your local Pickerington, OH animal clinic, anytime!