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Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! While Fluffy would probably rather take a nap than come visit us, proper veterinary care is crucial to her health. In this article, a Temecula, CA vet discusses taking your kitty to the doctor.

Basic Needs

It’s much cheaper—and easier—to keep up with your kitty’s preventative care than it is to treat her for dangerous parasites or diseases after the fact. Be sure to keep up with important vaccines, such as rabies and feline panleukopenia. Parasite control is also crucial. We also strongly recommend is getting your feline friend microchipped and fixed. Ideally, Fluffy should be spayed or neutered while she is still a kitten, but the procedure can safely be performed on adult cats. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Emergency Care

Your furry buddy can’t tell you if she doesn’t feel well, so keep a close eye out for warning signs that something isn’t right. Some common red flags include hiding, poor grooming, changes in food or water consumption, vomiting, and diarrhea. Litterbox issues can also be warning signs, as are respiratory issues, fever, lethargy, and unusual behavior. If you notice any of these symptoms in your cat, call your vet right away. Kitties often try to mask signs of illness, so Fluffy may be quite ill before you notice anything amiss. Ask your vet for more information.

Advice

No matter how old Fluffy is, it’s always good to get professional advice on her diet and care needs. We are dedicated to keeping kitties purring, and we’re happy to help!

The Trip

Fluffy is a bit of a homebody by nature. While she may enjoy exploring the yard (if she’s allowed), she probably won’t be very happy to find herself in a strange environment. Animal clinics can also be a bit overwhelming to cats, in part because they can smell and hear other nervous pets, some of whom may be sick. We make every effort to make appointments quick and painless for our feline patients. You can make the trip easier for your kitty by adding bedding and toys to her crate. When driving, keep a window cracked, and try to avoid bumps or sudden stops.

Please call us, your local Temecula, CA pet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here for you!

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