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Taking Your Cat to the Vet

There’s a special kitty holiday coming up: August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! Of course, Fluffy would probably be much happier to celebrate Give Your Kitty Tuna Day or Hug Your Cat Day. However, no matter what your kitty thinks of her doctor’s appointments, they’re very important for her health and well-being! Here, a Bolingbrook, IL vet discusses taking your cat to the vet.

Recommended Care

Fluffy’s veterinary care needs will change as she ages. When your furball is a kitten, she’ll need to come in a few times, for microchipping, spay/neuter surgery, and her initial exams and vaccinations. You’ll also want to get her started on parasite control. Once your feline buddy is all grown up, she may only need to see us once or twice a year, for wellness care. When your pet becomes a senior, she may need more frequent appointments. Just like people, kitties often develop medical issues as they age. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. Also, no matter how old your cat is, don’t hesitate to ask for tips on your cat’s diet, health, or care. That’s what we’re here for!

Emergency Trips

Cats often instinctively try to mask signs of illness, so you may not notice anything wrong until your pet is quite ill. Some things to look for include hiding, poor grooming, lack of appetite, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and litterbox woes. Changes in Fluffy’s appetite, appearance, behavior, or vocalizations are also red flags, as are respiratory problems, like coughing and gasping. Call your vet immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.

Helping Kitty Cope

We know that most of our feline patients would rather take a nap or just spend time supervising their humans than come visit us. We don’t take it purrsonally! We do everything we can to make appointments quick and easy for our furry pals. There are also a few things you can do to keep your kitty calm and comfortable, especially on the ride. Add comfy bedding and toys to Fluffy’s carrier to make it more inviting. When you are driving, keep a radio on and a window cracked, and try to avoid sharp turns and sudden stops or starts. Cat-calming products, such as treats and sprays, may also help.

Is your kitty due for an appointment? Call us, your Bolingbrook, IL vet clinic, today!

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