August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! Proper veterinary care is crucial to your pet’s health. Of course, Fluffy would probably prefer to stay home and take yet another nap. However, she’ll both look and feel better with proper care. Here, a Pasadena, MD vet offers tips on taking cats to the vet.
Most adult cats need to come in about once a year, though you’ll want to check with your vet for specific advice. At home, keep an eye out for signs of illness, such as vomiting, lack of appetite, or litterbox issues. Some other warning signs include fever, lethargy, and uncharacteristic behavior or vocalization. It’s also a good idea to inspect your kitty regularly. You can easily do this while Fluffy is snoozing on your lap. Check for lumps, bumps, lesions, bruises, and/or anything else out of the ordinary. If you do notice anything, call your vet right away. The earlier an issue is diagnosed and treated, the better!
One reason many cats get upset when they have to visit the vet is simply because they get frightened and uneasy in carriers. Of course, if Fluffy only sees her carrier between appointments, she may run and hide when she spots it. To make things a little easier on her, leave the carrier out in between trips. Giving Fluffy toys and treats near it will also help her form a more ‘pawsitive’ opinion of it. You can also try putting some comfy bedding in the carrier, and telling your cat to stay out of it. She’ll probably jump right in and curl up for a nap!
While many of our canine patients love going on car rides, cats are generally much less enthusiastic about them. In fact, many kitties cry all the way to the clinic and all the way back. Fluffy may also get a bit carsick. Keep a window cracked and turn the AC on, so she always has fresh air. You’ll also want to avoid sharp turns and sudden stops or starts. If possible, pick a route without a lot of potholes or speed bumps. If your furball is extremely anxious, ask your vet about using kitty-calming products, like treats or sprays.
Is your pet due for an exam, vaccinations, or parasite control? Contact us, your Pasadena, MD vet clinic!