Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

There’s a very special cat holiday coming up: August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! Although it would be super cute to have an office packed with kitties, we aren’t suggesting that all of our feline patients come in that day. However, this is a great reminder to keep up with your pet’s veterinary care needs, and perhaps make an appointment. In this article from River Valley Veterinary Hospital, serving the Fox Chapel, PA area, a local vet discusses taking Fluffy to the vet.

Kittens

When Fluffy is a kitten, she’ll need to come in for her initial exams and vaccinations. We also strongly recommend that cats be microchipped and spayed or neutered. You’ll also want to get your tiny furball started on parasite control products.

Adult Cats

Once your furball is all grown up, she’ll need to come in once or twice a year, for vaccinations, exams, and parasite control. Fluffy’s exact veterinary care needs will depend on her health and lifestyle. For instance, outdoor cats need more frequent appointments than indoor kitties, because they are exposed to more parasites, viruses, and other potential dangers. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Senior Kitties

Just like people, cats often need to go to the doctor more often in their golden years. Regular exams will greatly increase the chances of any issues being caught early. If Fluffy develops arthritis or other medical problems, she may also benefit from pain management treatments. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Emergency Care

Cats often try to mask signs of illness, so you may not notice that Fluffy is sick until she’s very ill. Therefore, it’s very important for you to watch for signs of sickness, and contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss. Some common symptoms include hiding, poor grooming, lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, litterbox issues, and unusual behavior or vocalizations. Ask your vet for more information.

Tips

Although visiting us is definitely in Fluffy’s best interest, it isn’t exactly her favorite thing to do. To make the trip easier for her, add soft bedding and toys to her carrier to make it comfy. On the way to the animal clinic, keep a window cracked, and play the radio softly.

Do you need to make an appointment for your kitty? Please contact us, your Fox Chapel, PA vet clinic, today!

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