Time For A Checkup! When you should take your cat to the vet
Worried that your cat is acting a little strange, but not sure it’s actually worth a trip to the vet? Sometimes even the smallest things can spell out danger for your feline friend. Here’s a look at a few of the times you should definitely take your cat to the vet.
Some cats are more talkative than others.
If your cat isn’t normally much of a talker, excessive vocalizations could signal pain or a medical problem.
Get to the root of the issue by making sure all of her needs are met, especially those for food and attention. If your cat is female and unspayed, she may be going through a fertile heat cycle and calling for male companionship.
If your cat has been fed, stroked and entertained yet continues to meow loudly and often, give her a visual examination.
If there are no signs of apparent trauma, use your hands to feel along her back, legs and tail, and then gently cup her face.
Even if you don’t see a wound or feel swelling, consult the veterinarian for a thorough medical exam.
If your cat has a runny nose, frequently sneezes or coughs or has crust-rimmed eyes, it could be a cold — or something much more serious.
Make sure your cat receives routine immunizations because they help prevent feline viruses.
However, this protection isn’t infallible; your cat could still contract feline herpes or feline calicivirus — the symptoms of both mimic the common cold.
Closely monitor your cat when she isn’t feeling well. Use a warm, damp cloth to clear mucous from her eyes or nose (be sure to wash your hands afterward).
If your cat’s symptoms last longer than the duration of a normal cold (seven to 10 days), if the symptoms begin to worsen or if new symptoms appear, take your cat to the veterinarian for a complete medical exam.
– via www.animalplanet.com
Signs You Should Take Your Cat To The Vet Immediately
Better safe than sorry. It’s a phrase that most of us have heard our entire lives but often shuck off as not really that important. For some things, however, like your cat’s health, it really does ring true. Here are a few signs you should take your cat to the vet, even if you think it might not be that important.
Straining in the litterbox (especially male cats) –
When a male cat is straining to urinate, he too can be afflicted with a urinary tract infection, a bladder stone, or just an inflamed bladder (cystitis).
Male cats, however, can become OBSTRUCTED. This almost never happens in females.
In males, this is a life-threatening condition. A male cat with an inflamed bladder may go in and out of the box, and every time he goes, he deposits just a drop or two of urine.
The few drops of urine get absorbed into the cat litter, where it’s undetectable. A male cat with a urinary obstruction will go into the litter box and strain to urinate, and no urine is produced.
It can be difficult or impossible for a cat owner to tell if the cat is completely obstructed and isn’t producing any urine at all, or if he’s got an inflamed bladder and is depositing little drops of urine onto the litter the moment they accumulate in his bladder.
You need to err on the cautious side and BRING HIM TO THE VET IMMEDIATELY.
Failure to promptly relieve the obstruction can result in kidney damage, severe metabolic derangements, and ultimately death unless the obstruction is relieved.
Staggering or stumbling
There are many possible reasons for a cat to stagger or stumble. Weakness from anemia, or from a metabolic problem (excessively low potassium, too low blood sugar), or a neuromuscular problem, or a vestibular problem (infection or inflammation involving the vestibular system, which is the part of the nervous system that control balance).
This list just scratches the surface. Some of the causes are relatively benign. Some of the causes, however, can be very serious.
There’s no way for a cat owner to know. You have to err on the cautious side and bring the cat to the vet IMMEDIATELY.
– via catexpert.blogspot.com
What advice do you have for pet owners when it comes to taking their animals to the vet? How often do you take your cat to the vet?