Small Animal Facts, Questions and Medical Tips: Pet Owner Blog
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Small Animal Facts, Questions and Medical Tips: Pet Owner Blog

Hi, my name is Darma. I love rodents. I have a ferret, two guinea pigs, several rescued feeder rats and a hedgehog. I am an extremely conscientious pet owner, and I know how hard it can be to find medical tips on small animals. In some cases, it can even be challenging to find vet care for them. In this blog, I am going to write about everything I have learned in my decades of being a small pet owner. I am going to write about cleaning, nursing, feeding and taking care of small pets. I am also going to write about finding the right medical treatment for them and knowing when to seek help. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy my blog.

Small Animal Facts, Questions and Medical Tips: Pet Owner Blog

3 Reasons To Take Your Cat To The Vet Immediately

Timmothy Ortiz

Having a cat is a wonderful experience, but they do need to be properly cared for in order to keep them healthy and happy for as long as possible. One of the most important things that you can do to keep your cat healthy is to take him or her to the vet when you notice changes in his or her behavior and appearance. Take your cat to the vet immediately if you notice him or her urinating inappropriately, grooming improperly, and meowing more often and more vocally than usual.

Urinating Inappropriately

One of the most common signs that something is wrong with cats is when they start to change their elimination habits. This is especially true if you have had a cat that has used a litter box without any issues for years, and then suddenly begins urinating on your floor or in your bathtub. Rather than consider removing the pet, take the cat to your vet to diagnose any health issues.

This issue could be a result of kidney disease, urinary tract infections, or urinary tract blockages. Urinary tract blockages occur when crystals and mucous build up in the urinary tract and make it difficult to properly urinate. This is especially dangerous for male cats as a blockage can make the cat become ill and die in a very short period of time.

Improper Grooming

Cats are known for being capable of handling most of their grooming without outside assistance, and will do so many times throughout the day. As a result, it is really easy to tell when a cat is having issues. For example, if your cat is developing bald patches due to excessively grooming one spot, or is developing matted fur, then you know that something is wrong.

A cat that is grooming to the point where the fur has fallen out may be suffering from skin allergies or irritation. In that situation, a vet can provide you with medication and creams to deal with the issues. If the cat is developing mats due to a lack of grooming, you may need pain medication to help your cat deal with arthritis.

Increased Meowing

Finally, you should pay attention to the amount of meowing and the volume of the meowing that your cat produces. While some cats are naturally vocal, cats that are howling extremely loudly for long periods of time are often experiencing a lot of pain or hearing loss. A visit to the vet may be able to resolve either of those issues for you.

Visit your vet today in order to keep your cat healthy and happy. Increased meowing, inappropriate urination, and poor grooming habits are all signs of distress or health issues in your cat and should be treated as soon as possible. You may even want to see if you have an in home veterinarian in your area to make care easier for your cat.