Taking Fluffy to the Vet

August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! Now, we aren’t suggesting that all of our feline patients should come in that day. We’d be overflowing with kitties, which would be completely adorable but also a bit chaotic. That said, keeping up with Fluffy’s veterinary care needs is very important. Read on as a Tampa, FL vet discusses taking your furball to the vet.

Basic Care

We recommend that all cats be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current on their vaccinations, exams, and parasite control. When Fluffy is a kitten, she may need to come in a few times during that first year. Then, once she’s an adult, she may only need to visit us once or twice a year. Senior cats may need more frequent appointments, however. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Emergency Trips

Just like any other pet, kitties are susceptible to illness and injury. Fluffy may not let on that she’s sick right away, so watch for warning signs. Some common ones include hiding, poor grooming, changes in thirst or appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and respiratory issues. Limping is also a red flag, as are lethargy, fever, litterbox issues, and uncharacteristic vocalizations or behavior. Call your vet immediately if you see any of these symptoms.

Helpful Tips

No matter how old your cat is, don’t be afraid to ask questions or get some professional recommendations on Fluffy’s diet and care needs. We’re dedicated to keeping our feline patients happy and purring, and we’re more than happy to help!

The Dreaded Car Ride

Most of our furry patients are not very fond of car rides. In fact, Fluffy really doesn’t like to leave her domain. Then, once your furball reaches the clinic, she’s faced with not only a strange place, but also the smell and sound of other nervous kitties, some of whom may be sick. We do everything we can to keep cats comfortable. There are some things you can do as well. Putting soft blankets and toys in Fluffy’s carrier will help. On the way over, choose routes without a lot of bumps or potholes, and try not to stop or start too suddenly. You can also ask your vet about using cat-calming products, like sprays.

Please contact us, your Tampa, FL vet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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