Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

Did you know that August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day? This may not be as fun as Hug Your Cat Day or Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, but it is still a very important reminder. Proper veterinary care is crucial to our furry pals’ health and well-being! Here, an Aurora, CO vet discusses taking Fluffy to the vet.

Appointment Schedule

Your kitty’s veterinary care needs will change as she grows. When your furball is a kitten, she’ll need to come in a few times, for her initial exams and vaccinations, as well as microchipping and spay/neuter surgery. You’ll also want to get little Fluffy started on parasite control. Once your cat is fully grown, she should come in at least once a year, for vaccinations, exams, and parasite control. When your kitty reaches her senior years, your vet may recommend more frequent visits, so her health can be carefully monitored. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Emergency Trips

Cats may think that they are invincible, but in truth, they are very small and vulnerable, and can easily get sick or injured. Keep a close eye on your kitty, and watch for warning signs that something is wrong. Some of the things you’ll want to watch for include vomiting; diarrhea; poor grooming; hiding; fever; respiratory issues; litterbox woes; reduced appetite; and changes in behavior or vocalizations. It’s worth noting that, because cats often try to hide signs of sickness, you may not notice any changes in Fluffy until she is quite ill. Therefore, it’s very important that you contact your vet right away if you see any of these symptoms in your feline pal.

Keeping Kitty Calm

As we all know, many of our feline friends are not exactly fond of going for car rides. To make the trip a bit easier on your cute pet, put some comfy bedding and toys in her carrier. When you are driving, choose a route without a lot of bumps, if possible, and try to avoid sudden stops or starts. You may also want to crack a window and keep the radio on. If Fluffy is extremely frightened of car rides, ask your vet for tips on using kitty-calming products, like sprays or treats.

Do you need to make an appointment for your feline friend? Contact us, your Aurora, CO pet hospital, today!

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