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Take Your Cat To The Vet Day
August 15, 2021

We love cats! There are now all sorts of pet holidays and observances on the calendar to honor our lovable feline friends. However, the next one may very well be Fluffy’s least favorite. August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! A Raleigh, NC vet offers some information about taking your pet to the vet in this article.


Kittenhood

Have you just adopted a kitten? In between plucking little Fluffy from the living room drapes and disengaging those tiny claws from your leg, take time to make a few appointments. Your tiny ball of fur should come in a few times in that first year. A nose-to-tail exam is a must. You’ll also need to get your kitty her initial vaccines, and start her on parasite control. Scheduling spay/neuter surgery should also be on the agenda.


Adult Cats

Once your cat is all grown up, she should only need to come in for wellness care. Most of the time, we recommend annual appointments. However, if Fluffy is allowed to go outdoors, she may need to come in more often. An indoor kitty that is an only pet, on the other hand, may only need to come in every other year. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.


Seniors

By the time Fluffy is about nine, she’ll technically be a senior … even if she still acts like a kitten. Cats can live well into their teens or twenties, so you aren’t likely to see drastic changes right away. However, at this stage, your kitty will benefit from more frequent appointments, so any changes in her health can be closely monitored.


Cats Of All Ages

No matter how old Fluffy is, you’ll need to watch for signs of sickness. These include things like poor grooming, hiding, reduced appetite, changes in behavior, vomiting, diarrhea, litterbox issues, respiratory problems, and/or anything that just seems out of the norm. Cats often try to hide signs of illness, so you may not notice anything wrong until your kitty is quite ill.


The Drive

You may have noticed that, in general, cats are not particularly fond of car rides. Put some comfy bedding in Fluffy’s carrier. Also, try to avoid bumps, sharp turns, and sudden stops. 


Please reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your Raleigh, NC animal clinic, we’re here to help!

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