Does your cat cry all the way to the animal clinic, and all the way back? Although your kitty may not be thrilled about coming to see us, it is in her best interests. Proper veterinary care is crucial to Fluffy’s health and well-being! A Coral Springs, FL vet offers some advice on bringing your furry pal to the doctor below.
Your feline friend’s care needs will change over time. Kittens need to come in a few times during that crucial first year. In addition to exams, vaccines, and parasite control, little Fluffy will also need spay/neuter surgery and microchipping. Adult cats may only need annual checkups and wellness care. However, once your kitty becomes a senior, she may need to come in more often. Follow your vet’s recommendations.
Age isn’t the only factor that will determine how often your feline pal needs to come see us. If Fluffy is allowed to go outdoors, she’ll probably need more frequent visits. Kitties with ongoing health issues also need more care.
At home, keep an eye out for signs that something is off. Some common warning signs include lack of appetite, changes in weight, increased or decreased water consumption and/or urination, poor grooming, hiding, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory issues, lethargy, and fever. Fluffy may also just not act like herself: she may meow more, less, or differently, and may be extra clingy or unusually withdrawn. Keep in mind that cats tend to be very secretive about being sick. You may not notice anything unusual at all until your furry buddy is quite ill!
The Car Ride
Many of our patients get more upset about the dreaded car ride over than the appointment itself. One thing that can help is keeping your pet’s carrier out between appointments. Add comfy bedding, and give Fluffy toys, treats, and catnip in it. There are also things you can do to make the drive itself easier. Keep a window cracked for fresh airflow, and play the radio softly. Try to avoid sharp turns, speed bumps, potholes, and sudden stops or starts. If your feline buddy gets extremely nervous, ask your vet about using pet-calming products, such as treats and sprays. Just follow package directions to the letter.
Is your feline pal due for an appointment? Contact us, your Coral Springs, FL animal clinic, anytime!