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Taking Your Kitty to the Vet

August 22nd may very well be your cat’s least favorite day of the year: it’s Take Your Cat To The Vet Day. Regardless of your pet’s opinion on the matter, making sure that your furball goes to the vet regularly is very important. Read on as a local New Tulsa, OK vet discusses taking Fluffy to the doctor.

Fluffy’s Basic Care Needs

Healthy cats are happy cats! It’s much better—and often much cheaper—to keep up with preventative care than to try and treat illnesses. We recommend that all cats be fixed and microchipped, preferably before they reach maturity. It’s also very important to keep up with Fluffy’s exams, parasite control, and vaccinations. Some kitties will need to come in more often than others do. For instance, senior cats, kitties with medical issues, and outdoor cats may need more frequent appointments than healthy indoor cats. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. Also, don’t be afraid to ask us for advice on your cat’s diet and care needs. That’s what we are here for!

Signs of Illness

In between appointments, watch for signs of illness in your feline buddy. Some common ones are poor grooming, hiding, unusual behavior or vocalizations, lack of appetite, crankiness, lethargy, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and respiratory issues. Cats often don’t let on that something is wrong until they are quite ill, so call your vet immediately if you see any of these warning signs.

The (Dreaded) Car Ride

Car rides are definitely not on the list of Fluffy’s favorite things. To make the trip a little easier on your furball, put some comfy bedding and a few toys in her carrier. Keep a radio on, and roll a window down for fresh air. If your feline friend is very scared of car rides, ask your vet about using cat-calming products, such as treats, collars, or sprays. Finally, when driving, try to avoid bumps and sudden stops or starts.

Purr Reactivation

When you get home, give Fluffy a special treat or a new toy to get that little motor going again. Your four-legged friend will be her usual, adorable self after a nice, long nap and perhaps a few ear scritches.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your local New Tulsa, OK pet hospital, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are happy to help!

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