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Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

Is your cat due for veterinary care? If so, you’ll want to make an appointment for your furball as soon as possible. Making sure Fluffy gets proper veterinary care is very important! In fact, August 22nd is officially Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! Read on as a Happy Valley, OR vet discusses taking your cat to the vet.

Regular Appointments

Most cats should see us at least once a year, for exams, vaccinations, dental checkups, and parasite control. Kittens will also need to be microchipped and spayed or neutered. If you let your cat go outdoors, your vet may need to see Fluffy more often, since outdoor kitties are exposed to more hazards, such as parasites. Once your kitty reaches her senior years, she may need to come in a few times a year, so her health can be closely monitored. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Emergency Trips

In between visits, keep a close eye on your kitty, and watch for signs of illness or injury. Some common red flags are hiding, poor grooming, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory issues, and litterbox troubles. Fluffy may also lose her appetite if she isn’t feeling well, and she may act or vocalize differently. Limping, fever, runny noses, discharge from the eyes or ears, and lethargy are also red flags. Since cats often try to mask signs of illness, it’s important to act as soon as you notice anything amiss. The sooner an issue is diagnosed and treated, the better!

Making The Trip

While some kitties don’t mind being in cars, the majority of our feline friends absolutely hate going for rides. To make the trip a little easier on your furball, add some soft bedding and toys to her carrier. You may also want to leave it out between appointments, so Fluffy gets used to it. Once you’re on the way, play the radio softly, and let your furry pal sing along if she wants. Try to avoid bumpy routes and sudden stops and starts. We also recommend keeping a window cracked, so your cat is always getting fresh air. Ask your vet about using cat-calming products, like sprays and treats.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? We are here to help! Please feel free to contact us, your local Happy Valley, OR pet hospital, today!

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