Does your feline friend enjoy car rides? Chances are, she probably doesn’t. Most of our furry patients are definitely not big fans of travel. However, proper veterinary care is crucial for your cat’s health. Regardless of your pet’s opinion on the matter, she’ll look and feel better with regular appointments. An Orlando, FL vet discusses bringing your kitty into the clinic in this article.
You should always drive with your feline pal in a crate or carrier. We would generally recommend using hard-shell carriers: these protect pets from being jostled, and are safer in case of an accident. You can use a fabric one, if you prefer. The cardboard ‘donut’ boxes will work in a pinch, but these are usually meant to be single-use options for people bringing newly-adopted pets home.
Many cats bolt for their favorite hiding spots as soon as they spot their carriers. You can help your feline pal form a more positive impression of hers. Add some comfy bedding, and give her toys, treats, and catnip near it. You may also want to leave it out between appointments. (If all else fails, tell Fluffy to stay out of it. She’ll probably jump right in!)
On the way over to the clinic, try to avoid speed bumps, potholes, sharp turns, and sudden stops and starts. Playing some soothing music may help keep your cat calm. If your feline friend is extremely nervous, ask your vet for tips on using kitty-calming products, such as pheromones.
Fluffy’s veterinary care needs will vary, depending on her age, lifestyle, and health. If you have a kitten, you’ll need to bring your little buddy in a few times during that adorable and important first year. In addition to her initial exams, she’ll need parasite control, vaccinations, microchipping, and, of course, spay/neuter surgery. We usually recommend annual visits for healthy adult cats. Seniors may need to come in more often. Kitties with health issues also need more frequent visits, as will those who are allowed outdoors.
Cats can be secretive about letting on when they don’t feel well, but they do give off clues. Watch for warning signs. These may include things like hiding, withdrawal, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, respiratory issues, behavioral changes, discharge, and lack of appetite. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything unusual.
Please contact us with questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your Orlando, FL animal clinic, we’re here to help!