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Essential New Cat Owner FAQs: Question Vet Care

Setting out on the adventure of becoming a new cat owner can evoke a whirlwind of emotions. With the arrival of your feline friend, a flurry of frequently asked questions and uncertainties may sweep over you. But fret not! Whether you're preparing to welcome a tiny bundle of fur or a seasoned whiskered companion into your home, there are fundamental aspects every cat owner should grasp.

Explore Tailwaggingjoy's essential frequently asked questions list. Crafted specifically for new cat parents like yourself, this frequently asked questions guide aims to tackle the pivotal inquiries and concerns that commonly surface when embracing a cat into your life. From nurturing a playful kitten to understanding the needs of mature cats, we're here to support you every step of the way. So, let's embark on this journey into the realm of cat ownership together and ensure you're armed with the knowledge needed for a joyous and fulfilling experience.

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Question: When should I bring my cat to the vet for a check-up?

It's recommended to schedule regular check-ups with your veterinarian at least once a year for adult cats and more frequently for senior cats or those with health concerns.

For kittens, it's crucial to establish a schedule of veterinary check-ups to monitor their growth and development during their early stages of life. Generally, kittens require more frequent veterinary visits compared to adult cats. It's recommended to follow your veterinarian's guidance for scheduling these visits, typically starting with a series of vaccinations and check-ups in the first few months of life.

Question: What are signs that my cat needs to see a vet urgently?

Signs such as difficulty breathing, sudden changes in behaviour, persistent vomiting or diarrhea, inability to urinate, severe lethargy, or any visible injuries warrant immediate veterinary attention.

Question: Should I take my cat to the vet for vaccinations?

Yes, vaccinations are essential for your cat's health and should be administered according to your veterinarian's recommendations. Regular vaccination helps protect your cat from common infectious diseases.

Question: Do I need to take my cat to the Vet if they catch a cold?

If the cat is eating and drinking, probably it will be ok. If that changes and or there is a discharge from their eyes or nose, or your cat has a fever, vet care is necessary

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Question: My cat seems to be in pain. When should I bring them to the vet?

If you notice signs of pain such as vocalisation, hiding, limping, reluctance to move, or changes in appetite, it's crucial to seek veterinary care promptly to identify and address the underlying cause of discomfort.

Question: When should I bring my cat to the vet for dental care?

Dental issues such as bad breath, swollen gums, difficulty eating, or visible tartar buildup indicate a need for dental evaluation and treatment by a veterinarian. Regular dental check-ups are also recommended to maintain your cat's oral health. Cats are prone to dental disease, and they can develop dental problems more frequently than dogs. Dental disease in cats often goes unnoticed by owners because cats are masters at hiding discomfort. However, it's estimated that by the age of three, about 70% of cats have some form of dental disease.

Question: My cat has a chronic condition. How often should I bring them to the vet?

If your cat has a chronic condition, it's important to consult with your veterinarian to determine the appropriate frequency of veterinary visits. Work with your vet to establish a tailored plan that suits your cat's needs and enables you to maintain their health effectively.

Question: How Can I Distinguish Between Normal Aging and Signs of Illness in My Cat?

It's essential to monitor their behaviour, appetite, energy levels, and overall well-being closely. Look out for any sudden changes or persistent abnormalities, such as decreased activity, changes in appetite or weight, increased thirst or urination, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, or changes in grooming habits. If you notice any concerning symptoms, it's best to consult with your veterinarian for a thorough evaluation and appropriate management. Regular check-ups and open communication with your vet can help ensure your cat's health and quality of life as they age.


Question: Why is my cat suddenly spraying or marking indoors?

Cats may spray or mark indoors to assert their territory, especially in response to changes in their environment, such as the introduction of a new pet or a move to a new home.


Question: How can I discourage my cat from spraying or marking indoors?

Neutering or spaying your cat can help reduce spraying behaviour, especially in unneutered males. Additionally, providing ample resources, managing stressors, and using pheromone-based products can help discourage territorial marking indoors.


Question: How can I prevent my cat from scratching furniture and other household items?

Providing appropriate scratching posts and regularly trimming your cat's nails can help redirect their natural scratching behavior away from furniture. Additionally, using deterrents or covers on furniture can discourage unwanted scratching.


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Question: Why does my cat become aggressive towards other cats or animals in our household?

Cats may exhibit aggression towards other animals, including other cats, to establish and defend their territory. Introducing new animals gradually and providing separate resources such as food, water, and litter boxes can help reduce conflict.


Question: My cat is overly possessive of certain areas of the house. What should I do?

Cats may become possessive of certain areas, such as favourite sleeping spots or feeding areas, as part of their territorial behaviour. Providing multiple resources in different areas of the house can help prevent resource guarding and reduce tension between cats.


Question: How can I help my indoor cat feel more secure in their territory?

Enriching your cat's environment with vertical space, hiding spots, and interactive toys can help them feel more secure and confident in their indoor territory. Additionally, providing opportunities for safe outdoor exploration, such as supervised outdoor time in a secure enclosure, can help satisfy their natural instincts.


Question: My cat is urinating or defecating outside the litter box. Could this be related to territorial behaviour?

Yes, inappropriate elimination can sometimes be related to territorial marking behaviour, especially if there are other cats or animals in the household. However, it's essential to rule out medical issues such as urinary tract infections or gastrointestinal problems before addressing behavioural causes.

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