Taking Fluffy to the Vet

Mark your calendars: August 22 is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! While Fluffy would no doubt prefer to celebrate National Hug Your Cat Day again, proper veterinary care is very important to her health! In this article from All About Animals Veterinary Services, serving the Villa Rica Area, GA area, a local vet discusses taking your feline friend to the vet.

Fluffy’s Veterinary Care Needs

Fluffy’s veterinary care requirements will change as she ages. Kittens will need a few appointments, for their initial tests, exams, and vaccines, as well as microchipping, parasite control, and spay or neuter surgery. Adult cats may only need to come in once or twice a year, for exams, recommended vaccines, and dental checkups. Once your furball reaches her golden years, she may need more frequent appointments. Regular exams will increase the chances of any health issues being caught early, which is very beneficial. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Warning Signs

In between visits, keep a close eye on Fluffy, and watch for any symptoms of illness. Cats often instinctively try to hide signs of sickness, so your kitty could be quite ill before you notice anything wrong. Some of the things you’ll want to watch for are unkempt fur; hiding; weight loss or gain; changes in appetite; litterbox issues; increased thirst; crankiness; and unusual behaviors or vocalizations. If you notice any of these symptoms, or if your furry buddy just isn’t acting like herself, call your vet right away.

The Dreaded Car Ride

Although there are some kitties that enjoy riding in cars, most of our feline friends seem to think of vehicles as scary death traps. There are some things you can do to keep your pet calmer. First, make sure her carrier is comfy and cozy by adding soft bedding and some fun toys. It may also help to keep the carrier out between car trips, to help Fluffy get used to it. Pet-calming products, such as sprays and collars, can help as well. Keep a window cracked, so your kitty gets plenty of fresh air, and turn a radio on to soothe her. When you get your furball home again, give her a new toy to reactivate the purr.

Is your kitty due for an exam? Contact us here at All About Animals Veterinary Services, serving the Villa Rica Area, GA area.

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