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Fluffy’s Veterinary Care Needs

August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! While we know that Fluffy would rather take yet another nap than come visit us, keeping up with your kitty’s veterinary care is very important. Read on as a local Westminster, MD vet discusses your cat’s veterinary care needs.

Kittens

When Fluffy is just a tiny ball of fur, she’ll need to come in a few times, for her initial exams and vaccinations. You’ll also need to get your little buddy started out on parasite control. Microchipping and spay/neuter surgery are also important, and should be done before your cat reaches adulthood. We also like to make sure that kittens’ purrs are working properly, so extra cuddles are also on the agenda!

Adult Furballs

Full-grown furballs should come in at least once a year. Fluffy will need regular exams and booster shots. You’ll also want to keep up with your kitty’s parasite control, and get her teeth examined regularly. Some cats will need more frequent appointments than others will. If your cat goes outdoors, for example, she should see us more often, as she’ll be more exposed to parasites and viruses, and more prone to illness or injury.

Senior Cats

Just like people, cats can develop medical issues as they age. Once your furry buddy reaches her golden years, she may need more frequent visits. It’s important to keep a close eye on senior kitties’ health. Regular exams greatly increase the chances of any issues being caught—and therefore treated—early. This can be very beneficial!

Emergency Visits

Always watch out for potential signs of illness. Some commons ones are hiding, poor grooming, lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, litterbox issues, and changes in behavior or vocalization. Other symptoms include respiratory issues, such as coughing or wheezing; fever; lethargy; and uncharacteristic crankiness. Call your vet immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.

Purr Reactivation

As noted above, most of our feline patients aren’t exactly thrilled to come see us. Fluffy not only has to leave her domain, she has to deal with a car ride. Then, at the clinic, she may be frightened by the sight, smell, and sounds of other nervous pets. To get your kitty’s motor started again, give her a toy or a treat when you get back home.

Please contact us, your Westminster, MD vet clinic, anytime. We are happy to help!

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