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Taking Your Cat to the Vet

Is your cat due for a trip to the vet? While coming to see us may not be your feline pal’s favorite way to spend a few hours, Fluffy will be both happier and healthier with proper veterinary care. Here, an Anderson, IN vet discusses taking your kitty to the doctor.

Recommended Appointments

Your cat’s veterinary care needs will change a bit as she ages. We recommend that all kitties be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and given their initial exams and vaccines while they are still young. Once your pet is fully-grown, she may only need to come in once a year, for wellness care. Keeping up with your cat’s examinations, vaccines, and parasite control is very important! When Fluffy reaches her golden years, your vet may recommend that she come in more often, so her health can be closely monitored. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. Healthy cats are happy cats!

Emergency Visits

Kitties can be quite secretive when it comes to showing signs of sickness. Keep an eye out for symptoms, such as hiding, poor grooming, reduced appetite, and litterbox issues. Fluffy may not let on that she isn’t feeling well until she’s quite sick, so contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Carriers

If Fluffy only sees her carrier before her appointments, she may bolt for her favorite hiding place as soon as she spots it. Keep it out between appointments, and add soft bedding and toys to make it more inviting. Giving your furball toys and treats near her carrier can also help.

The Car Ride

While dogs often love car rides, cats generally hate them. There are some ways to make the trip a little easier on your kitty. Keep a window cracked, so she gets plenty of fresh air. You may also want to play the radio. The sound may soothe your furball, or at least give her something to meow along to. Cat-calming products may also help, though you’ll want to check with your vet first. Try to avoid bumpy routes, and sudden stops and starts. When you get back home, offer Fluffy a special treat or a new toy to get her little motor started again.

Please contact us, your Anderson, IN pet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care. We are dedicated to providing excellent care!

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