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Taking Your Kitty to the Vet

August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! Of course, Fluffy would probably insist that it’s actually Spoil Your Cat Day or Give Your Cat Tuna Day. Many of our feline patients are less than thrilled about coming to visit us. However, regardless of your pet’s opinion on the matter, she will both look and feel better with proper veterinary care. Read on as a local Matthews, NC vet discusses taking your furball to the doctor.

Kittens

Baby cats will need to come in a few times during that critical first year. Little Fluffy will need her initial exams and vaccinations. You’ll need to get her started on parasite control as well. We also strongly recommend that kitties be microchipped and spayed or neutered before they are fully grown. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule.

Adult Cats

Once your furball is an adult, she may only need to come in once or twice a year, for her exams, parasite control products, and booster shots. We also recommend having your feline pal’s teeth checked during her appointments.

Seniors

As your cat ages, she may need more frequent appointments. Just like people, cats can develop medical issues, such as arthritis and diabetes, in their golden years. There are now many treatment options for pets with health problems. That said, the sooner any issues are caught and treated, the better!

Emergency Trips

No matter how old your furball is, it’s important for you to watch for signs of illness. Some common ones are hiding, poor grooming, vomiting, diarrhea, litterbox issues, lack of appetite, and grumpiness. Call your vet immediately if you spot any red flags. Kitties tend to be secretive about letting on that they don’t feel well, so you may not notice anything is wrong until Fluffy is quite ill!

The Car Ride

Our feline pals are generally not very enthusiastic about car rides. Putting comfy bedding and some toys in your pet’s carrier will make the trip a little easier on Fluffy. We also recommend playing the radio softly and cracking the window for fresh air. Also, try to avoid sharp turns and fast stops or starts. Pet-calming products, such as treats and sprays, may help as well.

Do you need to make an appointment for your feline pal? Contact us, your Matthews, NC pet hospital, today. We are always here to help!

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