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Taking Your Cat to the Vet

Did you know that August 22 is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day? Although Fluffy no doubt would rather celebrate Hug Your Cat Day again, proper veterinary care is crucial to your pet’s health and well-being. Here, a WestLake, TX vet discusses taking your kitty to the doctor.

Recommended Appointments

Your pet’s veterinary care needs will change a bit as she ages. Kittens will need to come in a few times during that crucial first year, for vaccinations, exams, and parasite control, as well as microchipping and spay/neuter surgery. (We also like to make sure our feline patients’ purrs are working correctly, so we offer snuggles and ear scritches free of charge.) Adult cats should come in at least once a year, for exams, vaccinations, and parasite control. Senior kitties will need more frequent appointments, especially those that develop medical issues. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Emergency Trips

Cats can be quite secretive, especially when it comes to showing signs of illness. Keep a close eye on your kitty, and watch for potential signs of illness. Some of the things to watch for are hiding, poor grooming, reduced appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory issues, and changes in behavior or vocalizations. Contact your vet right away if you notice anything amiss.

The Carrier

If your cat only sees her carrier before it’s time to go on a car ride, she may very well bolt the moment she sees it. To help your furry pal form more pawsitive associations with her carrier, leave it out between appointments. Put some soft bedding and toys inside it, and offer your kitty toys, treats, and attention near it. (Tip: if you tell Fluffy not to sleep in her carrier, she’ll probably hop right in and curl up for a nap.)

The Car Ride

Car rides can be very scary to kitties! After all, cats do have their own take on the laws of physics and gravity. To make the trip a bit easier on Fluffy, drive smoothly and keep a window cracked, so she always gets fresh air. You may also want to turn the radio on, so your furball can meow along. Cat-calming treats or sprays can also help. Ask your vet for advice on using pet-calming products.

Do you need to make an appointment for your pet? Contact us, your local WestLake, TX animal hospital, today!

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