August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! Of course, given the option, Fluffy would probably insist that this is supposed to be Hug Your Cat Day or Give Your Cat A New Toy Day, but we checked. Read on as a local Pasadena, MD vet discusses taking your feline pal to the doctor.
We recommend that all kitties be microchipped and spayed or neutered as soon as possible. This is very important! It’s not only good for Fluffy’s health and well-being, it also promotes good animal welfare by reducing unwanted litters. You’ll also need to keep your feline buddy current on her exams, vaccinations, and parasite control. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule.
Cats are often pretty secretive when it comes to letting on that they don’t feel well. Fluffy could be quite sick by the time you realize something is wrong! Keep a close eye out for symptoms of illness. Some common ones include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, lethargy, hiding, poor grooming, and respiratory issues. There are also behavioral clues to watch for. Your kitty may be more or less cuddly than usual, and her vocalization patterns may change. Ask your vet for more information.
Most of our feline patients are definitely not fond of car rides. Fluffy can get very frightened in moving vehicles! She also often gets uneasy whenever she is taken out of her kingdom. Small touches can help keep your furry pal more comfortable on the trip. Put soft bedding and toys in your pet’s carrier, and leave it out between appointments. This will let her become more familiar with the carrier. It will also help her form a more ‘pawsitive’ impression of it. When you’re driving, choose a route without a lot of bumps or potholes, and try to avoid stopping or starting suddenly. You may also want to crack a window, so your four-legged friend always has fresh air circulating to her. If your cat is extremely anxious on car rides, ask your vet about using cat-calming products, like treats or sprays. When you get home again, offer your furball a special treat or a new toy to get her purr started again.
Please contact us, your Pasadena, MD vet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!