Is your kitty due for a trip to the doctor? Many of our feline friends are homebodies, and would much rather stay home and take yet another nap rather than come to see us. However, regardless of Fluffy’s thoughts on the matter, it’s important that she see her doctor regularly. A local Champaign, IL vet offers some advice on taking your furry bff to the vet in this article.
All of our feline pals should be spayed or neutered, preferably before they reach reproductive age, which happens at about five months. Fluffy will also need to be microchipped, started out on parasite control, and given her core vaccinations, which consist of feline herpesvirus, feline calicivirus, feline panleukopenia virus, feline leukemia virus, and rabies. Regular exams and screenings are important as well.
In addition to your kitty’s regular checkups, Fluffy may need occasional emergency care. At home, keep an eye out for signs of trouble. Cats can be quite subtle about letting on that they are sick, so you may need to pay close attention. Some of the warning signs to look for include lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, withdrawal, fever, lethargy, respiratory issues, and unkempt fur. Your four-legged friend may also just not act like herself. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything off.
Your furry buddy’s appointment schedules will change over time. Kittens will need to come in a few times during that critical first year. Once Fluffy is all grown up, she may only need to come in once a year. Senior cats, however, may benefit from more frequent appointments, as will kitties that are allowed outdoors. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule.
Most of our feline patients are definitely not big fans of car rides. To make the trip a little easier on Fluffy, add comfy bedding to her crate. You’ll also want to try to keep the drive as smooth as possible. Avoid sudden stops or starts, and try not to run over speed bumps or potholes. You may also want to crack the window and play the radio softly. If your kitty is extremely nervous, ask your vet for advice on using kitty-calming products to soothe your adorable passenger.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions about your pet’s health or care. As your Champaign, IL veterinarians, we’re here for you!