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Did you know that August 22 nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day? We know, if you were to ask Fluffy, she would no doubt insist that it’s actually Hug Your Cat Day, Buy Your Kitty Tuna Day, or, even better, Take Your Dog To The Vet Day. Regardless of her opinion on the matter, your furry friend will be healthier and happier with proper veterinary care. Read on as a local Tipp City, OH vet offers some tips on taking Fluffy to the vet.
Your little buddy will need to come in a few times when she is still a kitten. Fluffy will need her initial exams and screenings, which include extra cuddles for purr checks. Your pet should also be microchipped and spayed or neutered and started on vaccinations and parasite control. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.
Adult cats may only need to come in once a year or so, for exams and basic wellness care. However, there are some exceptions here. If Fluffy is allowed outdoors, she’ll need more frequent visits, as she’ll be more exposed to parasites and other dangers. Kitties with medical issues will also need more appointments. Follow your vet’s recommendations.
When Fluffy reaches her golden years, she’ll benefit from more frequent visits. Just like people, cats sometimes develop medical issues as they grow older. Proper veterinary care will go a long way towards helping your furry pal live a long and happy life!
We probably don’t have to point out that many kitties are less than thrilled about going on car rides. To make the trip a bit easier on Fluffy, put comfy bedding and some toys in her carrier. Also, try not to stop or start too fast, and avoid sharp turns, potholes, and speedbumps as much as you can.
No matter how old your feline buddy is, you’ll want to keep an eye out for indications that she may be sick or injured. Some of the things to watch for include hiding, poor grooming, reduced appetite, changes in behavior or vocalization, lethargy, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or respiratory issues. Any of these red flags warrants an immediate call to the vet, as would any other unusual behavior.
Please contact us, your Tipp City, OH vet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!