August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day. While it’s probably safe to say that our feline patients would prefer to celebrate Cat World Domination Day or Hug Your Cat Day, coming to see us is in their best interests. A local Sandstone, MN vet offers advice on bringing your kitty to see her doctor in this article.
Unlike Fluffy’s love for naps and sunbeams, her veterinary care needs will change over time. Kittens need a few appointments in that first year. Those initial exams, vaccines and boosters, and parasite prevention will go a long way towards helping your little ball of fur get started out on the right paw in life. Adult cats may only need to come in once or twice a year, depending on their health and lifestyle. Once your pet reaches her golden years, she may need more frequent appointments. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.
Fluffy can’t tell you she isn’t feeling well, but she will give signals that something is wrong. Some warning signs that your furry friend is ill include hiding, poor coat condition, vomiting, diarrhea, discharge, fever, lethargy, and lack of appetite. Litterbox woes, such as changes in the color, amount, or texture of your kitty’s waste, can also indicate illness. Your feline pal may also act in uncharacteristic ways. For instance, a cuddly cat may become aggressive, while an aloof one may demand attention. Unexplained weight gain or loss are also red flags.
While your furry friend will both look and feel better with proper veterinary care, she probably won’t be particularly thrilled about coming to see us. For many cats, the car ride over has a lot to do with that. One thing that can help is getting Fluffy more used to her carrier. Leave it out between visits, add some comfy bedding, and give your feline buddy toys, treats, and catnip in it. Playing soothing music on the drive over may also help soothe your not-so-savage beast. If your kitty gets extremely nervous, ask your vet about using calming pheromones.
Do you need to make an appointment for your pet? Contact us, your Sandstone, MN animal clinic, anytime!