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Taking Your Cat to the Vet

Is your cat due for a veterinary exam? While it’s probably safe to say that your pet would rather take yet another nap, she will both look and feel better with regular care. Here, a Coon Rapids, MN vet discusses taking Fluffy to the vet.

Fluffy’s Veterinary Care Needs

Your kitty’s veterinary care needs will change a little as she grows older. When your furball is a kitten, she’ll need to come in for her initial exams, vaccinations, and parasite control. We also recommend that cats be microchipped and spayed or neutered while they are still young. Once Fluffy is fully grown, she may only need to visit us once a year, for wellness care. Senior cats may need more frequent appointments, so their health can be closely monitored. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. When you do bring your feline pal in, don’t be afraid to ask for care tips, nutritional recommendations, and general advice.

Emergency Visits

Cats can be very secretive about showing signs of illness, so it’s important to watch for red flags. Some common ones to look for are lack of appetite, hiding, poor grooming, and sudden weight gain or loss. Respiratory issues, such as wheezing or coughing, are also a warning sign, as are vomiting, diarrhea, fever, lethargy, and trembling. Unusual behavior and/or vocalizations can also be indicative of illness in kitties. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.

The Car Ride

As you’ve probably noticed, car rides are definitely not one of Fluffy’s favorite things. Your kitty may meow loudly on the trip to protest the indignation of being brought to the vet. Keep a window cracked open, so your furball always has some fresh air flowing to her. You may also want to turn a radio on for Fluffy to meow along to. Also, try to avoid sudden stops and starts, bumpy routes, and sharp turns.

Coming Home

Cats are always happiest in their own domains. Your kitty may need an extra nap to recuperate from her trip, but aside from that, she’ll quickly settle down and get back to normal. However, if you want to get Fluffy’s motor going again, offer her a special treat or a new toy.

Please contact us, your Coon Rapids, MN pet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re always happy to help!

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