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    Well Visits for Cats

    Cat Vaccinations continued...

    Outdoor cats are at a higher risk of disease in general, including viral and parasitic infections. Indoor cats that occasionally get outdoors are often unprotected from infectious diseases as well.

    Vaccines for other diseases can vary from annually to every 3 years, depending on the type of vaccine and your vet's philosophy, Collins says. "When we're trying to determine what vaccinations a cat gets, we always look at each one as an individual rather than as one recommendation for all cats."

    Vet Visit Tips

    There are ways to make the well-cat visit less stressful for your pet.

    "The best thing is starting early," Collins says. Ideally, it's best to take your cat for car rides as a kitten and get the cat used to a carrier. Buy a carrier that's comfortable for your cat. Take it out of storage a few days before the visit and make it a safe, fun place, filled with treats or toys, to help make the trip to the vet less stressful.

    Once at the office, putting a blanket or towel over the carrier may keep the cat calm.

    Another key part of a well-cat visit is to build a relationship with your vet. "It's so important," Collins says. "We really focus on preventive care," which can help keep your pet healthy for years to come.

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    Reviewed on May 06, 2013

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