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Taking Your Cat to the Vet

August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day. While most of our feline patients would be much happier about celebrating Hug Your Cat Day, they do look and feel better with proper healthcare. Here, a Somerville, MA vet offers tips on taking Fluffy to the vet.

Fluffy’s Veterinary Care Needs

Your kitty’s veterinary care needs will change as she ages. Kittens will need to come in a few times, for microchipping, spay or neuter surgery, and their initial exams, vaccinations, and parasite control. Once Fluffy is fully grown, she may only need to see us once a year, for wellness care. Older cats may need more frequent visits. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. Between visits, keep an eye out for signs of sickness. Call us immediately if you notice anything amiss.

The Carrier

If Fluffy never sees her carrier except before a dreaded car ride, she may get uneasy as soon as she spots it, and bolt for her favorite hiding spot. Leave it out sometimes between appointments. Add comfy bedding, and give your kitty toys, treats, and catnip near it.

Driving

Try to make the trip as easy as you can on Fluffy. Avoid routes with a lot of bumps or potholes, and don’t stop or start too quickly. You’ll also want to keep a window partly open, so your kitty gets fresh air. If your furball is meowing in protest at being subjected to a car ride, turn the radio on, and play soothing music for her.

Carsickness

Just like people, some cats get quite nauseous in moving vehicles. If your kitty is prone to carsickness, don’t feed her right before you leave.

Shedding

Many cats shed quite heavily when they are nervous. You may want to brush Fluffy before her appointment. If your feline pal is extremely anxious on car rides, put a blanket or sheet down in your car. You may also want to ask your vet about using kitty-calming products, like sprays or collars.

Getting The Motor Going Again

Once you get back home, offer Fluffy a new toy or perhaps a special treat, like tuna. After a nap, your kitty will happily re-immerse herself in her usual routine, which basically consists of sleeping, looking cute, and judging you.

Please contact us, your local Somerville, MA animal clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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