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Your Cat’s Veterinary Care Needs

August 15, 2017

Cat owners, mark your calendars: August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day. Although it would be super cute to have an office full of kitties, we aren’t suggesting that all of our feline patients come in that particular day. However, this is a great reminder on the importance of keeping up with your furball’s veterinary care needs. Read on as a San Antonio, TX vet discusses taking Fluffy to the vet.

Appointment Schedule

When your pet is a kitten, you’ll need to bring your tiny furball in for cuddles and kisses, which will help us confirm that her purr is working properly. While Fluffy is here, she’ll also need her initial exams, vaccinations, and parasite control products. We also recommend that your feline buddy be microchipped and spayed or neutered while she’s still young. Adult cats should come in once or twice a year, for exams, vaccinations, and parasite control. Once your furry pal reaches her golden years, she may need to come visit us more often. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Signs of Sickness

Cats often instinctively try to hide signs of sickness. In fact, Fluffy could be quite ill by the time she lets on that anything is wrong! Keep an eye out for potential symptoms of illness. Some common ones are hiding; poor grooming; changes in behavior, appetite, or vocalization; vomiting; diarrhea; litterbox troubles; grumpiness; red or watery eyes; runny noses; and respiratory issues, such as coughing, sneezing, or wheezing.

Pain Management/Treatment

As your kitty ages, she may develop certain medical conditions, such as arthritis. There are now many different options for treating health issues and reducing pain in our feline pals. Ask your vet for recommendations on keeping Fluffy comfortable and purring.

The Car Ride

Car rides are definitely not one of Fluffy’s favorite things. In fact, they probably rank somewhere between baths and loud noises on the list of things that cats hate the most. To make car rides easier on your furball, start by making her carrier nice and comfy. Pet-calming products, such as sprays and treats, can also help, as can cracking a window and/or playing the radio. Additionally, we recommend choosing a route with few bumps, and avoiding sudden starts and stops.

Do you have questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your San Antonio, TX animal hospital, today!

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North Star Animal Hospital