Did you know that August 22nd is Bring Your Cat To The Vet Day? Although Fluffy would probably rather take yet another nap than come visit us, proper veterinary care is crucial to her health and well-being. But how often should your cat go to the vet? Much of that will depend on your kitty’s age and health. Read on as a Portland, OR vet discusses taking your furball to the doctor.
Baby cats need to come in a few times during that crucial (and adorable) first year. Little Fluffy will need her initial examinations and vaccines, as well as microchipping and spay/neuter surgery. You’ll also want to get your tiny furball started on parasite control products. Ask your vet for more information.
Adult kitties may only need to come in once or twice a year, for exams, vaccinations, and parasite control products. However, if Fluffy is allowed outdoors, she’ll need to see the vet more than a cat that stays inside. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.
Once Fluffy becomes a senior, she may need to come in more often. Regular exams are very important, because they allow your vet to spot minor changes that could indicate developing medical issues. When it comes to treating animals, the sooner an issue is caught and treated, the better! You’ll also want to ask your vet for updated recommendations on your feline pal’s diet and care needs.
No matter what age your kitty is, you’ll want to watch for signs of sickness. Some common ones are hiding, poor grooming, lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and litterbox issues. Coughing, sneezing, and wheezing are also red flags, as are unusual behaviors or vocalizations. Since cats often instinctively try to hide signs of sickness, it’s important to contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss. You may not realize Fluffy is sick until she’s quite ill!
Going for car rides is definitely not one of Fluffy’s favorite things. To make the trip a bit easier on her, put some toys and comfy bedding in her carrier. We also recommend playing a radio softly, and leaving a window open, so your kitty gets fresh air.
Please contact us, your Portland, OR animal clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!