Can you help your cat without visiting the vet?
Published by D Brown for Brett Janes in Health
Keeping your cat fit, healthy and happy can be a really costly experience. Not only is there the daily cost of things like food, grooming and toys, but there are also medical costs, not just the expected ones, but the things that come up that you aren’t warned about and definitely don’t want.
While some of these problems will require you to visit a vet, there are certain times when you can save money and time buy ordering pet supplies and medicine online, effectively cutting out that very expensive middle man. For all of these, make sure that you are absolutely sure what the problem is, as trying to treat something that doesn’t exist can be redundant but also dangerous for the animal and you wallet.
Here are some typical illnesses and ailments a cat may get, with tips on which ones can be done without a vet.
Fleas are one of the more obvious problems that cats can have. They can be contracted nearly anywhere another infected cat has been outdoors, and, due to their ability to jump huge distances, they can even get into your house without the help of another animal. The physical effect of fleas on cats and humans is also obvious as they are really itchy.
If you want to treat the problem without a vet then frontline spot on treatments are a good solution. Some types of the treatment require a prescription, but the main types can be ordered straight away. The prescription version tends to deal with the area the cat lives in as well as the cat itself, so is generally more powerful.
Generic signs of illness: drowsiness, dehydration, lack of appetite
If you’re not a qualified vet or cat whisperer it could be difficult to determine any random and insignificant signs of illnesses that they begin to show. At this point you have to consider whether you think the symptoms offer any serious risk or not. If you do then you should definitely consult a vet before you decide to get any kind of medicine for them. Prolongs periods of the cat being ill could lead to more serious problems that will only further affect the cat’s health and the size of the veterinary bill.
Cats can have a range of ear problems, ranging from bacterial infections to allergies and mites. They are generally happy to have treatment applied to their ears and advice on what the problem is can be sought fairly easily via the internet or live chat services such as the ones on Vet Medic.
If you’re still unsure despite the advice then it’s worth visiting the vet, but most of the medicines aren’t prescription based, therefore generally carry less risk.
To summarise, a vet should always be consulted if there are no obvious signs of what’s wrong, or you’re still unsure after doing your own research. IF you can figure it out yourself, though, there are definitely attainable options on the web to help you reduce your budget a little.