Taking Your Cat to the Vet

Is your feline pal overdue for veterinary care? If so, we recommend that you make an appointment for Fluffy right away. Good veterinary care is crucial to your cat’s health and well-being! Although your kitty would probably rather take yet another nap than visit us, she will both look and feel better with proper care. Here, a Marietta, GA vet discusses taking your cat to the vet.

Regular Appointments

Your pet’s veterinary care needs will change as she ages. When Fluffy is a kitten, she’ll need to come in a few times, for her initial vaccinations and exams, microchipping, and spay/neuter surgery. You’ll also want to get your kitty started on parasite control. Adult felines may only need to come in once or twice a year, for wellness care. When your cat becomes a senior, your vet may recommend more frequent appointments, so her health can be carefully monitored. Ask your vet for more information.

Emergency Visits

In between appointments, keep a close eye on Fluffy, and watch for potential signs of illness. Some common ones are hiding, unkempt fur, vomiting, diarrhea, changes in appetite, respiratory issues, runny eyes and/or noses, and litterbox problems. You’ll also want to watch for behavioral changes, such as uncharacteristic grumpiness or changes in vocalizations. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything unusual.

The Car Ride

Our feline friends are nowhere near as enthusiastic about car rides as dogs are. Fluffy may become very frightened and uneasy in the car. To make the trip a little easier for her, crack a window, so she always has fresh air flowing to her. Playing a radio softly will also help. If possible, try to avoid sudden stops or starts, and choose a route without a lot of bumps. If your furball gets extremely anxious, ask your vet about using cat-calming products.

The Cat Carrier

If Fluffy only sees her carrier just before it’s time for her to go to the vet, she’ll likely bolt for cover the moment she spots it. Keep the carrier out between appointments, and put toys and soft bedding in it to make it more inviting. Giving your kitty treats and attention near her carrier can also help her form a more ‘pawsitive’ association with it.

Do you need to make an appointment for your cat? Contact us, your Marietta, GA animal clinic, today!

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