Did you know that August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day? Fluffy would probably insist that this is actually Take Your Dog To The Vet Day, but we double checked. Your feline pal may not be thrilled about visiting us—and she probably isn’t very happy about the car ride to the clinic, either—but she will both look and feel better with proper care. A Thorold, ON vet discusses taking your kitty to the vet in this article.
While every cat is different, there are some basic guidelines to follow for your feline buddy’s veterinary care. We recommend that all kitties be spayed or neutered. Microchipping is also very important, and is often done at the same time as spay/neuter surgery. You’ll also need to keep up with your furball’s exams, vaccinations, and parasite control products. Keep in mind that your pet’s veterinary care needs will also depend on her age, health, and lifestyle. Outdoor cats need to come in more often, as they are more exposed to parasites and other hazards. Senior kitties also need more frequent appointments, as do kitties with medical issues. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.
Cats are typically fairly hardy, but they aren’t invulnerable. Fluffy is susceptible to illness, injury, and disease, just like any other pet. Kitties often try to hide illness and injury, so you’ll need to keep a close eye out for warning signs. Some common ones are hiding, poor grooming, vomiting, diarrhea, litterbox issues, fever, lethargy, withdrawal, lack of appetite, respiratory issues, and uncharacteristic behavior or vocalizations. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss with your cat.
Car rides are not one of Fluffy’s favorite things. Our feline friends are typically homebodies, who don’t like leaving their domains. The sound and movements may also frighten your pet. Make the trip a bit easier on Fluffy by adding comfy bedding and toys to her carrier. Keep a window partly unrolled, so your furball always has fresh air. You may also want to play the radio softly, or just talk to your kitty in a soothing tone of voice. You may also want to give your furry pal a new toy or treat when you get home.
Do you need to make an appointment for your cat? Contact us, your Thorold, ON vet clinic!