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Your Cat’s Veterinary Care Needs

Did you know that August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day? While Fluffy would probably rather be celebrating Hug Your Cat Day or Give Your Cat Tuna Day, she will both look and feel better with proper veterinary care. Read on as a Livonia, MI vet discusses taking your kitty to the vet.

Basic Veterinary Care

Fluffy will need to make a few trips to see us during her kittenhood stage. We recommend that cats be microchipped and spayed or neutered while they are still young. Your little furball will also need her initial exams and vaccinations, as well as parasite control. (With baby cats, we also like to verify that their purrs are working correctly, by offering cuddles and attention.) Once your kitty is all grown up, she’ll need to come in once or twice a year, for examinations, parasite control, and vaccinations. Senior kitties may need more frequent appointments, so their health can be closely monitored. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Emergency Treatment

Cats aren’t always very up-front about letting you know they don’t feel well. Pay close attention to your kitty, and watch for potential signs of illness. Some common ones are hiding, poor grooming, vomiting, diarrhea, and litterbox issues. Fluffy may act or meow differently if she doesn’t feel well. Reduced appetite and coughing, sneezing, or wheezing are also red flags. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these symptoms in your feline friend. When treating health issues in cats, the sooner a problem is diagnosed and treated, the better!

Tips For Bringing Fluffy In

Many of our feline patients are not particularly fond of car rides. There are some things you can do to make things easier on your furball. First, make sure her carrier is nice and comfortable for her by adding soft bedding and toys. Keep a radio playing softly, and crack a window. If your pet gets extremely nervous in the car, ask your vet for advice on using cat-calming products, such as sprays or treats. Once you get Fluffy back home again, give her a special treat or a new toy to get her little engine started again.

Do you need to make an appointment for your pet? Contact us, your local Livonia, MI animal clinic, today! We are here to serve all your pet’s veterinary care needs!

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