Taking Your Cat to the Vet

Does your cat run and hide when she sees her carrier? If so, she’s in good company. Although proper veterinary care is crucial to cats’ health and well-being, most of our feline patients would probably rather take another nap than come visit us. In this article, a Rockaway, NJ vet discusses taking Fluffy to the vet.

Recommended Care

Your pet’s veterinary care needs will change as she ages. When Fluffy is a kitten, we’ll need to see her a few times, as she’ll need to come in for her initial exams and vaccinations, as well as microchipping and spay/neuter surgery. This is also the time to get your tiny ball of fur started on parasite control. (We also offer kittens extra cuddles, to make sure their purrs are working properly.) Once Fluffy is an adult, she’ll need to come in at least once a year for wellness care. Senior kitties and outdoor cats may need more frequent visits. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Signs of Sickness

No matter how old Fluffy is, it’s important to watch for signs of sickness. Some red flags to watch for include hiding, poor grooming, unusual behavior or vocalizations, changes in water and/or food consumption, litterbox issues, and vomiting. Respiratory issues, such as wheezing or coughing, are also red flags. As your furry buddy ages, you’ll also want to look for age-related issues, such as limping. Contact your vet right away if you see any of these symptoms.

The Dreaded Car Ride

As you may have noticed, car rides do not rank very high on the list of Fluffy’s favorite things. Actually, they’re probably near the bottom of the list, somewhere between baths and loud noises. However, there are some ways to make the trip easier for your kitty. Leave her carrier out between appointments, and put soft bedding and treats in it. This will help give her a more positive impression of it. When it’s time to go, keep a window cracked, so your kitty gets fresh air. If your feline pal is very nervous, ask your vet for tips on using cat-calming products, like treats and sprays. Finally, as you are driving, try to avoid bumpy routes and sudden stops or starts.

Please feel free to contact us, your Rockaway, NJ pet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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