August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! We know, Fluffy would rather spend her time batting catnip mice under the couch than visiting us. However, even if your kitty doesn’t understand why she has to leave her domain for a few hours, she’ll be much healthier—and therefore happier—with proper veterinary care. In this article, a New Orleans, LA vet discusses taking your feline pal to the doctor.
It’s much easier to prevent illnesses in cats than it is to treat them. Keep Fluffy healthy and purring by staying current on preventative care, such as vaccines and parasite control products. We recommend that all kitties be spayed or neutered. (Tip: this is a great time to get your cat microchipped!)
Watch for signs of illness. Cats often try to mask symptoms of sickness, so you may not notice anything amiss until your pet is very ill. Some things to watch for are hiding, poor grooming, lack of appetite, vomiting, respiratory issues, and unusual behavior or vocalizations. Call your vet right away if you see any of these red flags.
One thing that will make the trip easier on your feline friend is making the carrier comfy and inviting. Add some soft bedding, and perhaps a few toys.
Before you head off, give Fluffy a special treat and some extra attention. If your kitty cries on the ride, talk to her gently and play some soothing music for her.
While most dogs love car rides, cats are generally much less enthusiastic about travel. In fact, Fluffy is a homebody, and often feels uneasy whenever she has to leave her domain. Some kitties also get carsick, which doesn’t help matters much. Keep a window cracked, so your furry pal always gets fresh air. Also, try to avoid bumpy roads, sharp corners, and sudden starts and stops. Ask your vet about using a kitty-calming product, such as a spray.
Even if Fluffy is extremely nervous on the ride and at the clinic, she’ll likely settle down quickly once you get home again. Offer her a yummy snack, and take a few minutes to pet her and play with her.
Do you need to make an appointment for your cat? Contact us, your New Orleans, LA vet clinic, today!