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Taking Your Cat to the Vet

Did you know that August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day? (It’s also National Pecan Torte Day, but we’ll focus on the kitties.) Regular veterinary care is very important to your beloved pet’s health and well-being! Below, a Las Vegas, NV veterinarian discusses taking your kitty to the vet.

Kittens

If you have a kitten, you’ll need to bring your little buddy in a few times during that critical first year. Your kitten will need a thorough exam and important vaccines, such as her core vaccine and rabies vaccination. Microchipping, parasite control, and spay/neuter surgery are also important. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. While you’re there, you’ll also want to get specific recommendations for your pet’s diet and activity needs. Don’t be afraid to ask for some pointers on kittenproofing: baby cats are basically tiny, adorable balls of mischief!

Adult Kitties

Once Fluffy is grown up, she will need ongoing wellness care. Your vet may recommend annual or bi-annual visits for exams, booster shots, dental checkups, and any other recommended services. Continue to follow your vet’s instructions for feeding, grooming, and caring for Fluffy. At home, keep up with your cat’s parasite control regimen, and watch for potential signs of illness. Call your vet immediately if you notice any changes in your cat’s behavior, appearance, appetite, or litterbox use.

Senior Cats

As your cat ages, she may need more frequent visits. Regular exams allow your vet to catch any medical issues early on, which is very important. When it comes to treating animals, the sooner a problem is spotted and diagnosed, the better! Between appointments, continue to monitor Fluffy and watch for signs of illness. Your vet may also recommend slight changes to your pet’s care routine, such as a different diet, for instance.

The Car Ride

Coming to see us is definitely in Fluffy’s best interests, but she may not see it that way. Car rides can be very scary for kitties! To help make the trip easier for your feline friend, make sure her carrier is nice and comfy by adding soft bedding and a few toys. Kitty-calming products, such as collars and sprays, can also help. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Is your cat due for a veterinary appointment? We are always happy to help! Call us, your Las Vegas, NV animal clinic, today!

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