Taking Your Cat to the Vet

Is your cat due for a trip to the vet? Bringing Fluffy in for regular veterinary appointments is very important to her health! Read on as a Mt. Pleasant, SC vet discusses your kitty’s veterinary care needs.

Scheduling Fluffy’s Visits

Your pet’s veterinary care needs will change as she ages. When she is young, your kitty will need to see the vet a few times, for her initial exam and vaccinations. Kittens should also be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and started on parasite control. Once Fluffy is an adult, she may only need to come in once or twice a year, for exams, booster shots, dental exams, and parasite control. As your cat reaches her golden years, she may need more frequent appointments, so your vet can watch for any signs of potential health problems. If Fluffy develops any specific medical issues, such as arthritis, she may benefit from pain management treatments or other care. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Warning Signs

Always keep an eye out for signs of sickness in your furry buddy. Some common things to watch for in cats are hiding; poor grooming; lack of appetite; vomiting; litterbox issues; coughing or wheezing; and changes in behavior or vocalizations. Kitties tend to try to hide signs of illness, so be sure to contact your vet right away if you notice anything amiss.

The Car Ride

Although Fluffy will certainly enjoy the benefits of proper care, she may not exactly be thrilled about either the car ride or the appointment. There are a few things you can do to help keep your cat calm on the way to the vet. First, put toys and soft bedding in her carrier, to make it nice and comfy for her. Choose a route without a lot of bumps, and try to avoid quick stops and starts. Playing a radio softly can also help. If your feline pal gets extremely anxious, ask your vet for advice on using cat-calming products, such as sprays or treats.

Home Sweet Home

Once you get Fluffy back home again, give her a new toy or a special treat. This will help your kitty relax and settle down, and will get that little motor going again.

Please contact us, your local Mt. Pleasant, SC animal clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are dedicated to providing top-notch care.