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One of Fluffy’s least favorite holidays is coming up. August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! While your cat would no doubt much rather take another nap than visit us, she’ll be much healthier—and therefore happier—with proper care. A Glen Ellyn, IL vet offers a few tips on brining your kitty to see her doctor below.
Your kitty’s health care needs will change as she ages. Kittens need to come in a few times in that first year. Your little ball of fur will need her initial exams, vaccines, and parasite control. Microchipping and spay/neuter surgery are also on the agenda. Once Fluffy is all grown up, she may only need annual or bi-annual wellness care visits. When your furball becomes a senior, she’ll benefit from more frequent appointments. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.
Keep an eye out for signs of illness. Some of the common ones are hiding, poor grooming, lack of appetite, grumpiness, respiratory distress, lethargy, fever, and unusual behavior or vocalizations. Vomiting, diarrhea, and litterbox issues are also red flags. Call your vet right away if you notice any of these signs, or anything else that is out of the ordinary for your furry friend.
We know that going to the doctor’s can be stressful for kitties. That’s one reason we’re proud to be part of the growing Fear Free movement. As the name suggests, this means that we go above and beyond to make visits easy on our patients. This can encompass a variety of things, from letting Fluffy come out of her carrier on her own, to offering separate waiting rooms. These small touches really do make a big difference!
Cats are homebodies, and get upset at being taken out of their domains. The car ride is often more stressful for Fluffy than the appointment itself. Make the trip a bit easier on your kitty by adding comfy bedding and toys to her carrier. Play a radio softly, and keep air circulating. You can also use pet-calming sprays. When you get home, give your pet a new toy or a yummy treat to get that little motor going again.
Please contact us, your local Glen Ellyn, IL vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!