Taking Your Cat to the Vet

Cats have many wonderful qualities, but one of the reasons they are such popular pets is that they are so easy to care for. Although our feline pals are quite independent, proper veterinary care is very important to their health and well-being. In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, a Newmarket, ON vet discusses taking your kitty to the vet.

Fluffy’s Veterinary Care Needs

Your pet’s veterinary care needs will change as she ages. Kittens will need their initial exams and vaccinations, as well as microchipping and spay/neuter surgery. Little Fluffy will also need to get started on parasite control. Later, when your feline pal is fully grown, she may only need to come in once a year, for wellness care visits. When your cat reaches her golden years, she may need more frequent appointments, so her health can be closely monitored. Don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations on your furry pal’s home care needs, including nutritional advice. That’s what we’re here for!

Signs of Sickness

No matter what age your cat is, it’s important to watch for signs of illness, such as hiding, poor grooming, reduced appetite, and behavioral changes. Unusual vocalizations are also red flags, as are coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and discharge from the eyes or nose. Kitties sometimes don’t show symptoms until they are quite ill, so contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

The Car Ride

Although coming to see us is definitely in your pet’s best interests, many cats are less than enthusiastic about their appointments. Car rides are definitely not one of Fluffy’s favorite things! To make the ride a little easier on your kitty, add bedding and toys to her carrier. Leaving the carrier out between appointments can also help, as this will allow your feline friend to become more familiar with it. We also recommend leaving the window cracked, and playing a radio softly. If your cat is extremely nervous, ask your vet about using cat-calming products, such as sprays.

Purr Reactivation

We do everything we can to make our visits quick and comfortable for kitties. However, your furry friend will still appreciate a little something special after her appointment. A new toy or a special treat will get Fluffy’s motor started again.

Please contact Armitage Animal Clinic, your Newmarket, ON animal clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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