August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! We know, most of our feline patients would probably rather celebrate Hug Your Cat Day or Cat World Domination Day. Coming to visit us is not Fluffy’s favorite way to spend an afternoon. However, proper veterinary care is absolutely crucial to your pet’s health. A local Castle Hills, TX vet discusses taking Fluffy to the vet below.
Your feline pal’s veterinary care needs will change as she ages. When Fluffy is a tiny ball of fur, she’ll need to come in for her initial exams, vaccinations, and parasite control. Microchipping and spay/neuter surgery should also happen while your furball is still a kitten. We love watching kittens grow into healthy, happy cats! Adult cats may only need to come in once a year, for wellness care. As your furry buddy reaches her golden years, she may need to visit us more often, so her health can be closely monitored. Follow your vet’s recommendations for appointments. While you’re there, don’t be afraid to ask for advice on Fluffy’s care needs. That’s what we’re here for!
No matter how old your cat is, it’s important to keep an eye out for signs of illness. Some common ones are hiding, poor grooming, vomiting, diarrhea, unusual vocalizations or behavior, litterbox issues, respiratory problems, and changes in appetite. Kitties often don’t let on that they’re sick until they’re quite ill, so call your vet as soon as you notice something amiss.
Most kitties are homebodies, and get very uneasy when they have to leave their kingdoms. Fluffy really isn’t a fan of car rides, either: cats often get very scared in moving vehicles. Keep your furry friend’s carrier out between trips, so she gets used to it. Put soft bedding and toys in it, and tell her to stay out of it. She’ll immediately hop in and take a nap! On the ride, be sure to keep a window cracked, so your pet always has fresh air flowing to her. Try to avoid sudden stops and starts, and keep a radio on, so your furball can ‘sing’ along. If your feline buddy is extremely nervous, ask your vet about using cat-calming products.
Is your cat overdue for veterinary care? Contact us, your Castle Hills, TX pet hospital, anytime!