Taking Fluffy to the Vet

People with kitties, mark your calendars: August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! Although visiting us may not be Fluffy’s favorite thing to do, proper veterinary care is very important to her health and well-being. Read on as a local Indianapolis, IN vet discusses taking your feline buddy to the vet.

Appointment Schedules

Fluffy’s exact veterinary care needs will depend on her age, weight, and health. When your furball is a baby, she’ll need her initial exams and vaccinations, as well as microchipping and spay/neuter surgery. Once your feline pal is all grown up, she may only need to come in once or twice a year, for checkups, vaccinations, and parasite control. When your cute pet reaches her golden years, she may need to come in more often. Regular exams will allow your vet to monitor your kitty’s health closely, which makes it much more likely that health issues will be spotted early on. This can be very beneficial! Ask your vet for specific advice.

Emergency Visits

In between Fluffy’s regular appointments, you’ll want to keep a close eye on her, and watch for any signs of sickness. If you notice anything unusual, contact your vet right away. Cats often try to mask signs of illness, so your furball may not let on that she isn’t’ feeling well until she’s very sick. Some common symptoms of illness in kitties are hiding, poor grooming, changes in appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, litterbox issues, and unusual vocalizations. Coughing, sneezing, and wheezing can also be red flags.

The Car Ride

Car rides are definitely not one of Fluffy’s favorite things. In fact, they probably rank somewhere between baths and loud noises on the list of kitties’ least favorite things. However, you can make the trip easier for your furry friend. Make sure her carrier includes comfy bedding and a few toys. Playing the radio softly can also help soothe your nervous feline. When you are driving, try not to stop or start suddenly. If possible, you also want to avoid roads with bumps. Once you get your cat home again, give her a new toy or a special treat to brighten up her day, and get that little engine started again.

Do you need to make an appointment for your kitty? Contact us today! As your local Indianapolis, IN animal clinic, we are always here to help!

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