A visit to the veterinarian’s office can cause significant anxiety for a cat. Being away from their home, surrounded by strange sights, sounds and smells can make felines nervous and stressed.
At Absecon Veterinary Hospital, our staff is fear-free trained, and we are working toward becoming a Fear Free Certified practice, in order to reduce the fear, anxiety and stress that pets feel, and create a more rewarding veterinary experience for them and their people. We are dedicated to ensuring that your cat companion’s visit is as stress free and comfortable as possible. Our team is currently undergoing fear-free training to make your pet’s visit as enjoyable as possible. Follow us on social media for updates on certification.
Caring for your cat
Healthy cats between the ages of 1 and 10 years of age are recommended to undergo an annual physical examination. The visit includes a complete physical, during which we also will assess dental health and discuss care and diet recommendations with their owners. In addition we will be checking blood pressue and environmental enrichment.
If an adult cat has a chronic disorder, is on medication and/or has a condition that needs more frequent monitoring, we will customize an examination and re-check schedule.
Vaccines for kittens and adult cats
The core vaccines for felines include FVRCP (combined Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia), rabies and leukemia, We ensure that your pet‘s vaccine schedule is tailored to provide needed coverage against disease while not over-vaccinating. We are happy to discuss our vaccination protocols with owners and answer any questions they may have. We are a proud AAHA
accredited hospital and follow their guidelines along with the AAFP
The truth about declawing
Onychectomy, commonly known as declawing, is a surgical procedure that involves amputation of the end bones of a cat’s toes.
Absecon Veterinary Hospital does not and will not perform the procedure, which also can often cause behavioral and medical problems in pets.
Scratching is a normal feline behavior. Pet owners can redirect it to appropriate items by providing posts and boards, both horizontal and vertical, in a variety of materials including carpet, sisal, and cardboard. Often, sprinkling a bit of dried catnip on or near scratching posts will pique a cat’s interest and help them discover their new “furniture.“
Seniors are special, and so is their care
We love seniors, and know you do too! The bonds they form with their owners are special and precious. But as cats age, they become more prone to various diseases and conditions. For senior cats, we recommend twice-yearly physical exams to check for and monitor any changes to their health.
It’s a well-known fact that cats are very good at hiding illness and pain, so we depend upon their owners to note any changes, no matter how subtle, in their behavior, eating and sleeping patterns, coat condition and personality and to let us know. Some common signs of geriatric diseases in cats include:
• Weight loss
• Change in appetite
• Increased thirst
• Change in elimination behavior
• Failure to use the litter box
With exceptional health care and preventative medicine programs, your senior companion may enjoy many more years sleeping on the couch and looking out the window for birds!
Some additional cat resources