Many of us in the veterinary care industry like to recognize all the various pet observances and holidays. There’s one coming up in a few weeks that’s truly near and dear to our hearts. Take Your Cat To The Vet Day is August 22nd! In this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO veterinarian, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, a local vet discusses bringing Fluffy in to see her doctor.
We recommend that all cats be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current on their vaccines and parasite control. Fluffy will need a few appointments when she’s a kitten. Once those initial appointments are taken care of, the focus should be on wellness care. Most adult cats should come in at least once a year. However, there are some variables. Kitties that go outside need more frequent visits than indoor-only cats, as they’re more exposed to things like parasites and weather, and are more likely to get injured. (This is one reason we advise keeping cats inside.) Senior cats and furballs with medical issues also need more appointments. Ask your vet to suggest an appointment schedule.
Just like any other animal, cats are susceptible to illness and injury. Fluffy tends to try and hide signs of illness, so you’ll need to pay close attention to her. Some warning signs are vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory issues, lethargy, lack of appetite, litterbox woes, increased or decreased thirst, poor grooming, and withdrawal. If your furry pal is exhibiting any of these warning signs, schedule an emergency appointment ASAP.
The Trip Over
Cats, in general, are just not big fans of car rides. Fluffy may be more comfortable if you put some soft bedding in her carrier. Pet-calming pheromones may help soothe your feline pal. You can also play the radio softly to help calm her … or at least give her something to meow along with.
Fluffy may complain all the way in to the office and all the way home, but she’ll probably calm down pretty quickly once she gets back into her domain. A special treat and a new toy will get that little motor going again!
Do you need to make an appointment for your cat? Contact us here at Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO veterinarian, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs.