Taking Your Cat to the Vet

Did you know that August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day? We know, coming to see us isn’t Fluffy’s favorite activity: she’d probably much rather take yet another nap. However, proper veterinary care is very important, and is a crucial part of your kitty care regimen. Read on as a local Sugar Land, TX vet discusses taking your cat to the vet.

Recommended Schedules

When Fluffy is a baby, your bouncing ball of fur will need to come in for vaccinations, exams, parasite control, and purr checks. We also recommend that cats be microchipped and spayed or neutered before they are fully-grown. Adult kitties should come in at least once a year for wellness care. Senior cats may need more frequent appointments, especially those that develop health troubles. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Emergency Visits

Cats can get sick very quickly, so keep a close eye on Fluffy, and watch for signs of illness or injury. Some things to watch for are hiding, poor grooming, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory issues, lack of appetite, and unusual behavior or vocalizations. Litterbox issues are also a red flag. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.

The Carrier

If Fluffy only sees her carrier before she goes on a car ride, she may bolt the moment she sees it. To help your kitty get used to her carrier, keep it out between appointments, and add some soft bedding and toys to it, and give her treats and attention near it.

The Car Ride

Car rides are generally not very popular with our feline patients. Keep a window cracked, so your cat always gets fresh air. Also, avoid sudden stops or starts. You may want to play the radio as well, so Fluffy can meow along. If your kitty gets carsick or extremely frightened in cars, don’t feed her just before you leave. You can also ask your vet about using kitty-calming treats or sprays.

Purr Reactivation

Once you get home, Fluffy will likely head for her favorite napping spot to catch up on her sleep. Get her little motor going again by giving her a new toy or a special treat.

Do you need to make an appointment for your kitty? Call us! As your local Sugar Land, TX pet clinic, we are dedicated to keeping pets happy, healthy, and purring.