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Tips for Taking Your Cat to the Vet

August 15 2018

August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! Fluffy would likely insist that this actually should be Spoil Your Cat Day, but we checked. Making sure that your feline pal sees her vet regularly is very important! Even though your cat would rather take a nap than visit us, proper veterinary care is definitely in her best interests. A local Crown Point, IN vet offers tips on taking Fluffy to the vet in this article.

Recommended Care

Your kitty’s veterinary care needs will change as she ages. Kittens need to come in a few times during that first year, for their initial exams and vaccinations, microchipping, and spay/neuter surgery. You’ll also want to get little Fluffy started on parasite control. Once your furball is fully grown, she may only need to come in once or twice a year. Of course, some cats will need more frequent appointments than others will. If your furry pal goes outdoors, she may need to come in more than indoor pets, as she’ll be more exposed to parasites, and also more likely to get injured. Senior cats and pets with medical issues may also need more frequent appointments. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule.


Just like any other pet, cats can be vulnerable to illness or disease. Watch for signs of sickness, such as hiding, poor grooming, vomiting, diarrhea, and litterbox issues. Other warning signs include respiratory issues, limping, fever, withdrawal, and lethargy. Cats often try to hide signs of illness, so you may not realize that your furry buddy isn’t feeling well until she’s quite ill. Therefore, it’s important to contact your vet as soon as you notice anything wrong.

The Trip

Cats are typically homebodies, and are much happier in their own domains. Many of our feline patients get nervous at appointments. Even the car ride can be a bit of an ordeal for Fluffy. To make the trip a little easier on her, put comfy bedding in her carrier. Keeping a window rolled partway down, so your furball gets fresh air, will also help. Try to avoid bumps and sudden stops and starts. If your feline friend gets really nervous, ask your vet about using pet-calming products, like collars and sprays.

Do you need to make an appointment for your cat? Contact us, your local Crown Point, IN pet hospital, today!