Your Cat’s Veterinary Care Needs

As you may have noticed, our feline pals are rather opinionated little furballs, with their own purrsonal preferences. For instance, your kitty may love catnip or tuna, and she likely has some favorite napping spots. However, Fluffy probably isn’t that enthusiastic about coming to see us. First, there’s that dreaded car ride, and then there’s an unfamiliar room to deal with. Oh no! (We know office visits can be unsettling to our furry patients, and do everything we can to keep appointments quick and easy.) However, no matter what your pet’s opinion about us is, veterinary care is definitely in her best interests. Here, a Mattoon, IL vet discusses your kitty’s veterinary care needs.

Kittens

Little Fluffy will need to come in a few times during that crucial first year. Your little furball will need her initial exams and vaccinations, and she’ll need to get started on parasite control as well. We also strongly recommend that kitties be microchipped and spayed or neutered.

Adult Cats

Once Fluffy is fully grown, she may only need to come in once or twice a year, for checkups, vaccinations, parasite control, and dental exams. Follow your vet’s recommendations.

Senior Cats

Just like people, kitties often develop various ailments as they age. Once your furry pal reaches her golden years, she may need to come in more frequently, so her health can be closely monitored. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Cats of All Ages

No matter how old your furball is, it’s important to watch for signs of illness. Some common red flags include hiding; poor grooming; vomiting; litterbox issues; coughing or wheezing; and changes in appetite, vocalizations, or behavior. Contact your vet right away if you see any of these symptoms.

Making The Trip

To make the trip a bit easier on your feline buddy, put soft bedding and toys in her carrier, so it’s nice and comfy for her. It may also help to play soothing music during the ride. If your cat is extremely nervous, ask your vet about using cat-calming products, such as sprays. When you get Fluffy back home again, reactivate the purr with a can of tuna or a new toy.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us, your Mattoon, IL animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We are here to help!

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