Adopting a cat is an important responsibility. Cat owners should have a good understanding of:
- how to meet their cats’ basic environmental needs
- how to properly care for their cat and keep them safe
- understanding their cat’s behaviors
- understanding feline health conditions, treatments, and diseases
- and last, but importantly not least, the need for routine preventive veterinary visits
Every Cat Needs Yearly Veterinary Physical Exams
Preventive care examinations or check-ups for all cats should happen a minimum of once a year, and more frequently for senior cats and those with ongoing or long-term health conditions. These visits are important to your cat’s healthcare. Some things that will be discussed and assessed are your cat’s nutrition, lifestyle, home environment, disease and parasite prevention, and behavior.
Preventive Care Veterinary Examinations:
- Information along with a thorough physical examination provide you and your veterinarian with a plan to help your pet remain healthy.
- Cats age more rapidly than we do so preventive care examinations are a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle.
- During the physical examination, veterinarians can often detect conditions that may affect your cat’s health long before they become an issue so they can be managed or cured before they become painful or more costly.
- As a member of the family, your cat deserves the best possible care. Together, you and your veterinarian can best decide how to accomplish that by meeting at least once a year to talk about your cat and any changes that have taken place in their life. With the information you bring and a good physical examination, a plan will be created that meets the needs of your cat and you family.
You are a very important member of your cat’s healthcare team. You can be instrumental in helping your cat live a happy and healthy quality of life.
Are you curious about what’s going on during your cat’s yearly check-up? It may seem like your veterinarian is just petting your cat, but they are examining your cat’s entire health and lifestyle during the checkup. Some of these include:
- Abdomen and Body
- Coat, Fur, and Skin
- Ears and Eyes
- Mouth, Gums, and Teeth
- Muscle Tone and Weight
- Heart and Lungs
- Joints and Spine
- Under the Tail
- Taking and Analyzing Samples
What To Ask Your Vet
It’s important to talk to your vet about what you can do to keep your best friend happy and healthy. Here are some questions to ask at your next checkup. And remember, if you ever have a specific question or concern about your pet’s health, call your veterinarian right away!
- When should I get my kitten spayed/neutered?
- Should my kitten be micro-chipped?
- How can I get my kitten comfortable with the car? With his carrier? With tooth brushing?
- Is there an optimal vaccination schedule?
- What should I know about setting up a proper litter box?
- Should I get a scratching post or toys?