Tips for Taking Fluffy to the Vet

Tips for Taking Fluffy to the Vet

There’s an important kitty holiday around the corner. August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! While Fluffy would no doubt rather celebrate Hug Your Cat Day or Cat World Domination Day, she will be much healthier—and therefore, happier—with proper veterinary care. Read on for some great tips from a local Chico, CA veterinarian on taking your furball to see her doctor.

Schedule

First and foremost, make sure to keep up with your cat’s recommended appointment schedule. Many of our feline patients don’t see us as often as they should! While kitties are quite hardy, they are still susceptible to illness and injury.

Care Needs

We recommend that all furballs be microchipped and spayed or neutered while they are still young. Fluffy will also need to get started on her vaccinations and parasite control. Once your furry friend is all grown up, she’ll need to come in for exams and wellness care. While annual visits are fine for many kitties, your vet may recommend more frequent appointments for some cats. For example, if your pet goes outdoors, she’ll be more exposed to parasites, and may need to visit us a bit more than an indoor furball would.

Emergency Visits

In addition to Fluffy’s regular appointments, you’ll need to bring her in right away if you notice anything that could be a sign of illness. Some red flags to watch for include poor grooming, hiding, changes in appetite or vocalizations, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory issues, lethargy, fever, and sudden weight changes.

The Car Ride

Although some cats don’t mind car rides, they are definitely in the minority. Most of our feline friends hate the drive over! As far as Fluffy is concerned, the car is an evil robot machine hurtling her towards certain doom. To make the drive a bit easier on your furry friend, put some comfy bedding and toys in her carrier. It’s also a good idea to crack the window, so your kitty always has fresh air circulating to her. This can help a lot with carsickness. Try to avoid sharp turns or sudden stops and starts. If your pet is extremely nervous, ask your vet about using pet-calming products, such as treats and sprays.

Please feel free to contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your Chico, CA veterinary clinic, we’re here to help!

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