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Taking Fluffy to the Vet

Has your cat been to the vet lately? If it was up to Fluffy, the answer to that would probably be no. Most of our feline patients would rather take another nap than come to visit us. However, proper veterinary care is absolutely crucial to your kitty’s health and well-being. Here, a Pleasanton, CA vet discusses taking Fluffy to the vet.

Fluffy’s Veterinary Care Needs

Your cat’s veterinary care needs will change as she ages. Kittens need to come in for their initial exams and vaccinations, as well as microchipping, spay/neuter surgery, and purr checks. You’ll also want to get your tiny ball of fur started on parasite control. When Fluffy is an adult, she may only need to visit us once or twice a year, for wellness care. Senior kitties may need to come in more often, so their health can be closely monitored. Cats that go outdoors may also need more frequent appointments, as they are at higher risk of being injured, or picking up parasites and viruses. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule.

Emergency Visits

In between visits, keep an eye out for signs of sickness. Fluffy can be rather secretive when she doesn’t feel well, so you may need to pay close attention. Some things to watch for are hiding; poor grooming; reduced appetite; respiratory issues, such as coughing or wheezing; litterbox issues; vomiting; diarrhea; and changes in behavior, vocalizations, or purrsonality. Call your vet immediately if you notice any of these warning signs.

Tips

Does your kitty run and hide as soon as she spots her carrier? Try leaving it out between appointments. Put some soft blankets and toys in it. Then, just tell Fluffy to stay out of it. She’ll probably jump right in and curl up for a nap! This will help her form a more positive impression of her carrier. The trip is often another sore spot with kitties. Many of our feline patients are not fond of car rides, to say the least. Keep a window cracked, and play the radio softly to soothe your furry pal. Also, try to avoid sharp turns, bumps, and sudden stops and starts. If your cat gets extremely nervous, ask your vet about using cat-calming products.

Do you need to make an appointment for your feline buddy? Call us, your Pleasanton, CA pet clinic, today. We are here to help!

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