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Taking Your Cat to the Vet

Did you know that August 22 is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day? We know, our feline patients would probably insist that it’s Take Your Dog To The Vet Day, but we checked. Read on as a local Poway, CA vet discusses taking your furball to the doctor.

Appointment Schedules

When Fluffy is a kitten, she’ll need to see the vet a few times. Baby cats need their initial exams, vaccinations, and parasite control, as well as microchipping and spay/neuter surgery. When your feline friend is grown up, she may only need to come in once or twice a year, for exams, recommended vaccines, and parasite control. As your furball ages, she will benefit from more frequent appointments, as regular exams greatly increase the chances of any medical issues being caught early. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Emergency Visits

Fluffy can’t tell you if she isn’t feeling well, so it’s up to you to monitor her for signs of illness. Some common signs of sickness in cats include hiding, poor grooming, reduced appetite, weight loss, litterbox issues, and uncharacteristic behavior or vocalizations. Contact your vet right away if you see any possible symptoms of sickness, or if your feline friend just doesn’t seem like herself. Kitties often don’t show any symptoms until they are quite sick, so don’t wait: the sooner a medical issue is diagnosed, the better!

Keeping Kitty Calm

Car rides can be very scary for our feline friends. Fluffy may meow pitifully during the entire trip. There are a few things you can do to help make the ride a bit more pleasant for your furball. Put comfy bedding into her carrier, and add a few toys. Cat-calming products, like sprays, can also help. You may want to play the radio, and just let your cat sing along. We also recommend keeping a window cracked, so your kitty gets plenty of fresh air. Try to avoid sudden stops and starts, and choose the least-bumpy route you can. Once you get your furry buddy home again, give her a special toy or a yummy treat to get her little engine started again.

Do you need to make an appointment for your kitty? Please feel free to call us anytime! As your local Poway, CA animal clinic, we are happy to serve all of your cat’s veterinary care needs.

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