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Taking Your Cat to the Vet

August 15, 2020

August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! We know, most of our feline patients would probably rather take another nap than come visit us. However, proper veterinary care is crucial to your kitty’s health! Below, a Virginia Beach, VA vet discusses Fluffy’s veterinary care needs. 


Kittens

Your little buddy will need to come in a few times while she’s still a baby. You’ll want to get your kitten a thorough exam. She’ll also need to get started with vaccinations and parasite control. Microchipping and spay/neuter surgery are also on the agenda. (We also like to do purr checks, which involves offering lots of cuddles.)


Adult Cats

Many adult cats don’t see us as often as they should. Most kitties should come in at least once a year, though that may vary a bit. Cats that are allowed outdoors will need more frequent visits, simply because they are more exposed to parasites and disease. They’re also more likely to get injured. Needless to say, felines with medical problems will also need to come in more than once a year. 


Seniors

Once Fluffy reaches her senior years, she’ll be at increased risk of developing certain medical issues. Regular tests and screenings are very important at this phase of your pet’s life, as they greatly increase the chances of issues being caught early on. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule.


Emergency Trips

At every stage of Fluffy’s life, you’ll need to watch for signs of illness or injury. Some red flags include poor grooming, limping, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, reduced appetite, respiratory issues, fever, and changes in behavior or vocalization. Fluffy may act uncharacteristically withdrawn, grumpy, or clingy, and she may lose interest in play. Litterbox issues are another warning sign. Call your vet immediately if you see any of these indications. Cats often try to hide signs of illness, so your pet may be very sick before you notice anything is wrong! 


Tips

We know that veterinary clinics can be scary for kitties. That’s why we’ve gone Fear Free. We do everything we can to make appointments easy on our furry friends. This covers a variety of things, from using pet-calming products to making sure kitties have comfy waiting areas to just being extra gentle. Ask us more! 


Is your kitty overdue for an appointment? Contact us, your Virginia Beach, VA vet clinic, today! 

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