August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! (It’s also National Tooth Fairy Day, but we’ll leave that one to the dentists.) Your feline pal probably won’t be thrilled to find herself being put into a carrier when she was planning to take another nap. However, kitties are much healthier—and therefore happier—with proper veterinary care. In this article, a Seminole, FL vet discusses bringing Fluffy to the doctor.
Fluffy should always be crated for car rides. It’s much safer for both of you! Otherwise, she could crawl into your lap or get underfoot, which could interfere with your driving. Make the carrier comfy and inviting by adding toys and bedding.
It’s always better to prevent an issue than to treat it. This is why wellness care is so important! Staying up to date with Fluffy’s exams, vaccinations, and parasite control will help protect her from dangerous parasites and diseases. Ask your vet for specific advice.
This is of course a simple trick, but it’s also useful. Jot down any questions you have about Fluffy’s health, diet, or care. Apps make it really easy to do this!
In between appointments, watch for signs that your feline friend is feeling ill. Some common ones are hiding, poor grooming, reduced appetite, grouchiness, lethargy, fever, respiratory issues, unkempt fur, and litterbox issues. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.
How often your pet needs to come in will depend very much on her age, weight, health, and lifestyle. Adult indoor cats may only need to come in once a year, while seniors may need to come in a few times annually. Follow your vet’s recommendations.
Many cats get more upset about the car ride than they do about the actual appointment. Try to avoid sharp speed bumps, potholes, sharp turns, and sudden stops or starts. You may also want to crack a window, so Fluffy always has fresh air circulating.
Once your get home again, give Fluffy a new toy or a special treat. This will help get her back to her normal kitty routine, and get her engine going again.
Do you need to make an appointment for your kitty? Contact us, your Seminole, FL vet clinic, today!