Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

Put a pawprint on your calendar on August 22nd: it’s Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! While we aren’t suggesting that all of our feline patients should come in on that day, keeping up with your kitty’s veterinary care needs is very important. Here, a Sugar Land, TX vet offers tips on bringing Fluffy in for a visit.

Recommended Appointments

We recommend that all cats be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current on their vaccines and parasite control products. It’s also important to have Fluffy examined regularly. Most adult cats should come in at least once a year, though you’ll want to ask your vet for specific advice. When it comes to treating health problems in pets, the sooner an issue is caught and treated, the better!

Emergency Visits

Cats often try to mask signs of illness, so you may not immediately notice that Fluffy isn’t feeling well. Just keep a close eye for symptoms. Some common ones are hiding, poor grooming, vomiting, diarrhea, uncharacteristic vocalizations or behavior, litterbox issues, respiratory trouble, fever, and lethargy. If you notice any of these red flags, call your vet right away.

The Carrier

Does your cat bolt for her favorite hiding spot as soon as she spots her carrier? If Fluffy only sees her carrying case when she goes to the vet, she’ll know something is up when you pull it out. Keep the carrier out between appointments. Put comfy bedding and some toys in it, and give your kitty treats near it. Also, tell your furball to stay out of the carrier. She may immediately jump in and curl up for a nap!

The Car Ride

As you have probably noticed, cats aren’t particularly fond of car rides. In fact, as far as Fluffy is concerned, a moving vehicle is a deathtrap that defies all laws of kitty physics. To make the ride a little easier on your furry buddy, keep the AC on and crack a window, so she gets plenty of fresh air. Try to choose a route without a lot of bumps, and avoid sudden stops or starts. Turn the radio on as well. This may help soothe your feline pal, or at least give her something to meow along to!

Do you need to make an appointment for your cat? Call us, your Sugar Land, TX pet clinic, today!

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