Cat Veterinary Care, Westport MA 02790
Wellness Care - Cats
Annual wellness exams keep your cat healthy!
A healthy cat is a happy cat! Regular wellness exams are the key to keeping your cat healthy. Bringing your cat to us for regular wellness exams allows us to evaluate your cat’s health so we have the opportunity to prevent common diseases before they are contracted by your cat.
The wellness exams allow us to build a medical profile that is unique to your cat. Using this information, we proceed with a course of preventative treatment that will ensure your cat’s continued good health and well-being.
The wellness exam is also an opportunity for you to discuss with us any concerns you have about your cat’s health. Our veterinarians’ expertise is at your disposal, and topics ranging from nutrition, allergies, dental care, mobility issues, risk of infections and any lifestyle and age related changes are encouraged discussions.
For more information about wellness care for your cat, please click on the link that best describes your cat.
Preparing your Cat for His or Her Visit with Us
The best way to prepare your cat for a visit to Acoaxet Animal Hospital is to get your cat familiar and comfortable with its cat carrier. The best type of cat carrier is the inexpensive hard-sided carriers that open from the top and from the front. A carrier that opens easily from the top allows a cat which is fearful, anxious or in pain to stay in the bottom half of the carrier for exams. Please avoid a carrier that requires a cat to be pulled from the carrier or dumped out for an exam. It should be easy for you to carry and should be seat belted into the car to keep your cat safe.
Help your cat become comfortable with the carrier. You can help your cat become comfortable with his or her carrier by placing it in a room where your cat spends a lot of time, placing familiar soft bedding inside, placing treats, catnip or toys inside the carrier. It may take days or weeks for your cat to trust the carrier. Reward your cat’s desired behaviors. You may want to cover the carrier. Some cats like to see out, while others are less anxious when the carrier is covered with a blanket or towel. See which option your cat likes best by closing the cat inside the carrier in the house and carrying the cat around the house, covered and uncovered.
Keep your cat active!
There are many ways you can keep your indoor cat active—and healthier! Interactive play encourages your cat to pounce, leap and run laps around the house, and playing with you builds a better relationship between you and your cat. Often the best toys for cats are the simplest—empty boxes, paper bags, laundry baskets, crumpled paper, catnip toys or balls. Mix them up. Rotate your cat’s favorite items in an out of your cat’s toy box, and try hiding toys around your house for your cat to find over time.
For more ways to keep your cat active, please ask us during your cat’s wellness exam. We would be happy to share our ideas with you!