Cats are quite independent, which is one reason they make such great pets. However, kitties aren’t entirely self-sufficient. They need proper care in order to thrive. That definitely includes veterinary care! While it’s probably safe to say that most of our feline patients would rather stay home and take another nap than visit us, they’ll be both healthier and happier with proper veterinary care. Here, a Lewisville, TX vet discusses taking Fluffy to see her doctor.
Your pet’s care needs will change as she goes through the different stages of her life. Kittens need to visit us a few times in that first year. In addition to their initial exams, vaccinations, and parasite control, baby cats need microchipping and spay/neuter surgery. Once Fluffy becomes an adult, she’ll need to come in at least once a year, for wellness care. Senior cats will benefit from more frequent appointments. Kitties that go outdoors should also come in more often, as they’re more exposed to parasites and other hazards. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.
No matter how old your feline buddy is, it’s important to watch for signs of illness or injury. Some common ones are poor grooming, vomiting, respiratory issues, fever, litterbox issues, reduced appetite, and/or lethargy. Uncharacteristic behavior is another warning sign. For example, if Fluffy is normally friendly and outgoing, but suddenly takes to hiding all day, she may be sick. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything unusual. Cats instinctively try to hide symptoms, so you may not notice anything is wrong until your pet is quite sick.
The Car Ride
Although there are some cats out there who enjoy traveling, the vast majority of them hate car rides. (This is one thing Fluffy and Fido will never agree on.) Your feline pal may cry the whole way to the clinic. She may also shed heavily, as kitties sometimes blow their coats when they are distressed. To make the trip a bit easier on your furry friend, put comfy bedding and toys in her carrier, and keep a window cracked for airflow. You may also want to play the radio softly. When you get home, give your cat a treat or a new toy to get her motor started again.
Please feel free to contact us, your Lewisville, TX vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!