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What to do when my cat is sick

When a cat has tummy trouble, it's easy to assume that something is wrong with the cat, and take the cat to a veterinarian. However, many times cats get tummy trouble when they are actually stressed. Cats have delicate stomachs and often have sensitive stomachs, so a cat's tummy can be upset by stress from a veterinary visit. For example, taking a cat in for a routine physical is often stressful for cats. When your cat is clearly not in distress, the following tips can help to keep your cat comfortable, and help your cat get through the uncomfortable period.

What to do:

Give your cat a treat. A small amount of food, milk or tuna can help to calm a cat's tummy if it's upset by an appointment at the vet.

Choose a quiet, comfortable place to stay. Your cat may not want to go to the vet, and may refuse to go if it's nervous. If you can't take your cat to the vet, keep a quiet, gentle tone of voice, and avoid giving your cat commands, like "get in the car", or "upstairs".

Be gentle. You may want to take your cat in for a check-up or to set it up for a future appointment, but don't do anything that's painful or scary to your cat. For instance, don't grab your cat and shake it. Your cat may not be in distress, and may become afraid of you if you scare it. Be kind and gentle, and don't make your cat afraid of you.

Get the cat to drink lots of water. If your cat's upset, it may not drink enough. If it doesn't drink, your cat may vomit.

Give the cat plenty of rest. There's no need to rush your cat to the vet. Doing so may cause your cat stress, and cause your cat to become more upset.

If your cat is sick, it's best to call your veterinarian instead of going to the vet yourself. Many online resources offer advice, tips and tricks to help your cat get through a stressful time.

Be gentle.

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