Have I waited too long to take my cat to the vets?

Debbie BirdDebbie Bird Possum KingdomMember Posts: 1
I left an abusive relationship over 10 yrs ago,I grabbed my purse & my cat,Rowdy,who was 8 mns old.At the time & for the next several years,I didn't have money to take my cat to the vet for her shots,etc. She'd already been fixed & had her 1st shots when we left.Now she is 14 & we are both in a wonderful loving relationship-yea!For about the last 2-3 months,my cat seems to have a cold-watery eyes,lots of sneezing,& sometimes her breathing is a little 'wheezy'.Also,she keeps trying to get at something in her mouth,like maybe a tooth.But she won't let me near her mouth to see if something is wrong.I am now in a position to take her to a vet,but I am a little afraid to at this point since I've neglected the vet thing for so long. (she's an indoors cat-has never had any health problems til now).I'm afraid she will freak out if I try to take her to the vets after all this time.Does anyone have any advice?Thanks in advance for your time & help.Debbie

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  • Sandy NenningerSandy Nenninger PlainvilleMember Posts: 1,975
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    I would definitely take her to see the vet. Lots of cats freak out at the vet. Even cats that go regularly so the staff is used to handling difficult situations with people's pets. I have a friend who's cat even poops on the table when they go in because she gets so stressed but it is still necessary to go. If you think she is ill and possibly has a problem in her mouth, you do not want to risk letting it get worse or possibly losing her when you do have the means to help her now. Good luck!
  • Lisa DaversLisa Davers SacramentoMember Posts: 3,642
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    Congratulations on getting away from your abusive ex. If you can find a vets in your area that specialises in cats that will probably be less stressful and Rowdy will get better treatment. I wouldn't worry that she hasn't seen the vet or had vaccinations for a while as she's been healthy and you've been taking good care of her. Cats can get colds like we do but are at higher risk from complications like pneumonia and older cats often have dental issues so its best to take her to the vets for a check up. As well as a physical exam and treatment for the symptoms you are seeing they can do a senior wellness panel (blood tests to make sure her underlying health is good) and and advise you on what vaccinations she should have.
  • Leanne FroebelLeanne Froebel Member Posts: 1,730
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    Rowdy needs to see a vet. I would look for a cat only clinic if possible. Also, some veterinary offices are willing to make house calls which would be less stressful for Rowdy - but more expensive. In the end, not seeing a vet is worse than the stress of a vet visit.
  • TwinkleTwinkle BirminghamMember Posts: 11,142 ✭✭✭✭
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    Cats freak out at the vet all the time. Most animals hate going to the vet & act out there. You certainly need to take Rowdy to the vet. He should have went long before now.
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