Taking Your Cat to the Vet

Is your cat due—or overdue—for veterinary care? Cats are very independent and easy to care for, but they still need proper veterinary care in order to stay healthy. Read on as a Greenwood, IN vet offers some tips on taking your kitty to the doctor.

Your Cat’s Veterinary Care Needs

When your pet is a kitten, she’ll need to visit us a few times, for her initial exams, vaccinations, and parasite control. We also recommend that all of our feline friends be microchipped and spayed or neutered before they are fully grown. When your cat becomes an adult, she may only need to come in once or twice a year, for exams, vaccinations, and parasite control products. Once Fluffy reaches her golden years, she may need to come in more often, so your vet can monitor her for signs of potential medical issues. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

The Trip

Most of our furry clients would probably rather take a nap than come to visit us. We don’t take this personally: we know that animal hospitals can be a bit overwhelming to kitties. First there’s the dreaded car ride, and then (oh no!) an unfamiliar place, filled with unfamiliar scents. We do everything we can to make visits quick and painless for our feline friends. However, there are also some things you can do to make veterinary appointments easier for your cat. First, make Fluffy’s carrier nice and comfy by adding bedding and toys. Cat-calming products, such as sprays, can also help. When driving, make sure to keep a few windows cracked, so your furball always has fresh air. Try to avoid quick stops and starts, and, if possible, opt for a route without a lot of bumps. Ask your vet for more information.

Signs of Sickness

Cats often mask signs of illness, so you may not realize Fluffy isn’t feeling well until she’s quite sick. Any potential symptoms of sickness warrant immediate attention. Some things to watch for are a lack of appetite; poor grooming; hiding; unusual behavior; changes in vocalization; vomiting; diarrhea; coughing or wheezing; and litterbox issues. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these red flags. The sooner an issue is caught and treated, the better!

Please contact us, your Greenwood, IN animal clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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