Taking Your Kitty to the Vet

Taking Your Kitty to the Vet

Did you know that August 22 is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day? Fluffy would probably rather be celebrating Get Your Cat A New Bed Day, but coming to see us is very important to her health. Read on as a local Sayville, NY vet discusses taking your kitty to the vet.

Appointment Schedule

Kittens, adult kitties, and senior furballs all have different veterinary care needs. Baby cats need to come in a few times while they’re little, for exams, vaccinations, microchipping, parasite control, and spay/neuter surgery. Once Fluffy is all grown up, she may only need annual or bi-annual appointments, for checkups, booster shots, and parasite control. Older cats will benefit from more frequent visits, as regular exams allow your vet to identify potential medical issues early on. Your vet can also provide valuable recommendations on your furball’s care needs at all stages of her life.

Symptoms of Illness

In between appointments, watch Fluffy closely for potential signs of sickness. Some common ones to watch for are hiding; poor grooming; crankiness; weight loss; and changes in appetite, vocalizations, appearance, or behavior. Litterbox issues are also a huge red flag, as are vomiting, diarrhea, and respiratory issues. Call your vet immediately if you notice any of these warning signs in your kitty.

The Carrier

If Fluffy only sees the carrier when she goes to the vet, she may very well bolt for her favorite hiding place as soon as she spots it. To help your furball form a more positive opinion about her carrier, add soft bedding and toys to make it comfy and inviting, and leave it out between appointments. Offering your kitty toys and treats near it can also help.

Keeping Kitty Calm

Car rides certainly don’t rank very high on Fluffy’s list of favorite activities. There are some things you can do to make the trip a little easier on your feline friend. Keep a window cracked, to make sure your kitty gets plenty of fresh air, and play some soothing music. Also, try to avoid sudden stops or starts, and choose a route without a lot of bumps. Last but not least, ask your vet for recommendations on using pet-calming products, such as sprays or collars.

Do you need to make an appointment for your feline friend? Contact us, your Sayville, NY animal clinic. We are here to help!

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